Sunday, July 3, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

EDDIE WISEMAN


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

Small in stature (5'7" and 160lbs), Eddie Wiseman scored a few big goals in the 1930s and 1940s.

Wiseman, originally a Detroit Red Wings, joined the New York Americans in 1935. Over the next 4 years he and Gene Carr battled for top billing on the Amerks right wing. Relying on his speed as his main weapon, Wiseman scored 12, 14, 18 and 12 goals respectively.

Wiseman, who was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, hailed from Regina, Saskatchewan. (Played for Regina Pats during the 1929-30 season. He did not play in the play-offs due to injuries. The team went onto win the Canadian Memorial Cup). Was traded to Boston part way through the 1939-40 season. Who was the player he was traded for? The legendary Eddie Shore. The Bruins were just looking to dump their aging and increasingly cantankerous star. Wiseman was not exactly fair trade value, but the Bruins took him anyways. The New York Times described Wiseman as a "no better than average hockey player."

The Bruins did not regret acquiring Wiseman. He played well in Boston, especially in the following season. After a strong regular season that saw him score 16 times and assist on 24 others (6th best total in the NHL) for a career best 40 points, he led all NHL shooters with 6 playoff goals as the Bruins won the 1941 Stanley Cup.

Wiseman would play one more year in the NHL before World War II interrupted and, for all intents and purposes, ended his hockey carer. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force out of Saskatoon while also playing senior hockey with the Air Force team.

When all was said and done, Eddie Wiseman played in 454 NHL games, scoring 115 goals and 165 assists for 280 points. In the playoffs he added 10 goals and 20 points in 45 contests.

Wiseman, who was also noted for his ability on the golf course, would go on to coach junior hockey in Saskatchewan. He would also serve as the Bruins western Canada scout. He eventually settled in Red Deer, Albert and opened real estate and insurance businesses.

Eddie Wiseman died in Red Deer on May 4th, 1977.