Joseph Cooper - Born December 14, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Died April 3, 1979 was a Canadian professional Ice Hockey defenceman who played 414 games in the National Hockey League.
In 1934-35, 20-year-old Joe Cooper began his pro Hockey career in New York playing in the EHL. In 21 games he had five goals and 19 points while racking up 70 minutes in penalties. At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Cooper was one of the biggest and strongest players of his day, and he used his physical superiority whenever possible.
In 1935-36, he joined the Philadelphia Ramblers of the CAHL where he was known as one of the toughest opponents to play against. Many opposing forwards dreaded having to rush the net, or, even worse, face Cooper along the back boards. He had a one-game tryout with the NHL's New York Rangers and impressed team officials.
The Rangers recognized this toughness and put him on their roster for the 1936-37 season. In 48 games, he picked up three assists and 42 minutes in penalties. The following season, he scored his first three NHL goals.
In 1938-39, Cooper joined the Chicago Blackhawks but played the majority of the year back in Philadelphia with the Ramblers in the IAHL. In 1939-40, Cooper started 44 games for the Blackhawks where he scored four goals and eleven points. He played another five years in a Blackhawks' uniform before returning to the New York Rangers in 1946-47.
Cooper played one final year of professional Hockey in the AHL in 1947-48 with St. Louis-Hershey. In 414 NHL games, he netted 30 goals and 96 points.
1931 to 1933 Winnipeg Columbus Club / WJrHL
1933 to 1934 Selkirk Fishermen / MJHL
1934 to 1935 New York-Hamilton Crescents / EHL
1935 to 1936 Philadelphia Ramblers / CAHL
1936 to 1938 New York Rangers / NHL
1938 to 1939 Philadelphia Ramblers / IAHL
1939 to 1942 Chicago Black Hawks / NHL
1942 to 1944 Ottawa Commandos / QSHL - 1943 Allan Cup
1944 to 1946 Chicago Black Hawks / NHL
1946 to 1947 New York Rangers / NHL
1947 to 1948 St. Louis Flyers & Hershey Bears / AHL
EAHL First All-Star Team - 1935
CAHL First All-Star Team - 1936
“Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame