Clarence John "Taffy" Abel - Born May 28, 1900 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA – Died August 1, 1964 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA was a Professional Ice Hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL).
He was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams.
He was the first United States-born player to become a NHL regular.
Clarence "Taffy" Abel was a silver medalist on the United States Hockey Team in the 1924 Olympics, and carried the American flag as he took the Olympic oath for Hockey players in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
Abel scored 15 goals for the United States in the tournament.
As a member of the Minneapolis Millers of the CHL during the 1925-26 season, Abel was named to the CHL's First All-Star team at the defence position.
Abel played in the NHL for eight years. He was signed by Conn Smythe to the New York Rangers, largely based upon his strong performance at the Winter Olympics in 1924. With the Rangers, he wore sweater number 4, and, paired with defenceman Ching Johnson, was a key member of the Stanley Cup winning Rangers team in 1927-28. After the 1929 season, Abel's rights were sold to the Chicago Black Hawks, where he played five more years, wearing sweater number 2. Abel was a member of the Cup-winning Black Hawks in 1933-34, his last NHL season.
Abel returned to Sault Ste. Marie after retirement, coaching ice Hockey and operating a tourist hotel.
When the United States Hockey Hall of Fame opened in 1973, Taffy Abel was one of its charter members.
The home rink for the Lake Superior State University Hockey program is named after Taffy Abel.
Thomas Robinson "Tommy" Murray (Born February 17, 1893 in Buffalo, New York, USA) was a professional ice Hockey goaltender who played in various professional and amateur leagues, including the Western Canada Hockey League and Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Amongst the teams he played with were the Portland Rosebuds, Victoria Aristocrats, Vancouver Millionaires, and Saskatoon Crescents.
In 1916 Murray played in the Stanley Cup finals with the Portland Rosebuds losing in five games to the Montreal Canadiens.
Before going professional in the 1915–16 season Murray won the 1915 Allan Cup with the Winnipeg Monarchs as amateur champions of Canada.
Murray was a team official with the 1924 United States Olympic Ice Hockey Team.