Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DON JOHN DEACON

Born: 02 June 1913, Shawington Falls, Quebec

Died: 25 December 1943, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Newspaper archives suggest the Detroit Red Wings really felt Deacon could have been a very special NHL player had he been able to control his weight. Standing at just 5'9" tall, he struggled to keep his weight below 200lbs, therefore slowing him down.

Other sources suggest the roly poly center from Regina (Regina Pats 1928-1929 to 1931-1932) lacked the drive to become a NHL regular. While playing with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets, player-coach Larry Aurie fined Deacon for "lack of hustle and interest." Deacon's listless play in that 1938-39 season had gotten so bad that he was the target of the boo-birds amongst the Duquesne Garden faithful. What makes that so surprising is he recovered from his rocky start to register 66 points in 46 games, a new record in that league. (Photo: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - Collection - Indianapolis Capitals (AHL 1930-1932)

Despite his misgivings, Don Deacon managed to average 40 points in a pro career that lasted seven years, most notably with the Hornets and Cleveland Barons. Parts of three of those years were spent with the Detroit Red Wings where he scored 6 goals and 10 points in 40 career NHL games.

In 1942 Deacon became part of Canada's military effort in World War II. He was stationed in Calgary for two years, helping a local team capture the Alberta senior championship.

Unfortunately Deacon never got his discharge from the army, as he died in a freak accident on Christmas night, 1943. While serving with an army unit in British Columbia, Deacon somehow accidentally fell off of a friend's balcony, plummeting 25 feet to the ground. He died soon thereafter with a fractured skull and internal bleeding.

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Don played one game with the Regina Olympics in the 1929-30 season before joining the Regina Pats. Then went on and played with Prince Albert Mintos in the (North Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League). During the 1935-36 season played with Detroit Olympics, (International Hockey League) In 1936-37 played 4 games with Detroit Red Wings, (National Hockey League), also with Pittsburgh Hornets, (International American Hockey League) until 1937-38. During the 1938-38 season played with Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 8 games and 1939-40 - 18 games, also with Indianapolis Capitals (IAHL). 1939-40 to 1941-42 with Cleveland Barons (AHL). Don finished with the Calgary Currie Army (CNDHL) during the 1942-43 season - There were only 3 teams in the League: Calgary Navy, Calgary RCAF Mustangs and Red Deer Army.