Joseph Charles Jerwa - Born January 22, 1907 in Krakow, Poland (Russian Empire) – Died April 11, 1983 was a professional ice Hockey defenseman.
The Jerwa family migrated to North America sometime around 1913, and settled in Alberta, Canada.
Jerwa played in the Alberta Senior Hockey League with the Canmore Miners before joining the Vancouver Lions of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, where he played with his younger brother Frank Jerwa.
Jerwa was traded by the Lions to the New York Rangers of the NHL with Red Beattie for $25,000 on May 6, 1930. Jerwa played 33 games for the Rangers, before being sent to their affiliate Springfield Indians to finish the 1930-31 season.
Jerwa was then traded to the Boston Bruins by the Rangers for Norm Gainor, August 25, 1931. Jerwa would play only 13 games for the Bruins, but would play mostly for their affiliate Boston Cubs of the Canadian-American Hockey League from 1931 to 1935.
Jerwa was then traded to the New York Americans by Boston with Nels Stewart for cash, September 28, 1935, where he would play in 52 NHL games.
The rights for Jerwa were returned to Boston by the NY Americans after NY Americans failed to complete purchase agreement, May 27, 1936. Jerwa would play 26 games for the Bruins.
Jerwa was then traded back to the to NY Americans by Boston for the loan of Al Shields and future considerations (rights to Terry Reardon and Tom Cooper, October 17, 1937) on January 25, 1937.
Jerwa made the Stanley Cup playoffs three times with the NY Americans and enjoyed the most ice time of his NHL career, playing a total of 174 NHL games for the NY Americans.
Jerwa was then traded to the Cleveland Barons (IAHL) by NY Americans for cash, October 12, 1939, and would play his final 3 seasons there before retiring in 1942