Edward Reginald Noble - Born June 23, 1895 in Collingwood, Ontario – Died January 19, 1962 in was a Canadian professional ice Hockey forward and defenceman.
Noble played his early Hockey in his hometown of Collingwood, first playing for the Collingwood Intermediates, and appeared in 1 game for the Collingwood Seniors in 1913.
Noble helped the Collingwood juniors win their league before they lost out to Berlin (later Kitchener) in the 1915 provincial semifinals.
The next season Noble played a major role in the Toronto Riversides' 1916 OHA senior championship by leading all scorers with six goals in four games. That spring he was also called in to aid the St. Michael's Majors' drive to the junior title. Noble was the top player on the squad with nine goals in six games.
Noble started his professional career with the Toronto Hockey Club / Blueshirts in their ill-fated season of 1916-17. The club was suspended by the league, as the NHA decided to even-up the number of teams by suspending operations of the Blueshirts for the rest of the season. All players were given to other NHA teams for the rest of the season, and Noble was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens. Noble was enjoying a solid year with nine goals in 14 games when the team folded and then picked up by the Canadiens. As a member of the Canadiens, he contributed four goals in six matches but was deemed too late an addition to be eligible for Montreal's quest for the Stanley Cup. He missed out on the club's trip to Seattle, where the Seattle Metropolitans made history as the first American team to win the Stanley Cup.
Before the start of the 1917–18 season, the NHA owners announced that the league would not operate in the 1917–18 season. About two weeks later, all of the owners announced that they were creating a new league, the National Hockey League. Toronto would also get a NHL team, but under different ownership.
To Toronto fans, it would have looked like little had changed. Although the team had no official name, it was made up mostly of former Blue Shirts. As a result, the newspapers still called the team the Blue Shirts or the Torontos, as they always had. Led by general manager Charlie Querrie and coach Dick Carroll, the team won the Stanley Cup in 1918. In fitting fashion, no winner was engraved on the Stanley Cup. However, in 1947, the NHL added the name of the Toronto Arenas for 1918.
Noble scored 30 goals in 20 games during the inaugural NHL season to finish third in the scoring race, and added 2 goals and 1 assist, helping the team win the 1918 Stanley Cup.
Noble remained a stalwart with the franchise, now called the Toronto Arena Hockey Club when it was renamed the Toronto St. Patricks in 1919-20. During this period, he formed one of Hockey's great early lines with right winger Cecil "Babe" Dye and center Corb Denneny. Noble was a crowd favorite at the old Mutual Street Arena and one loyal fan used to wind up a siren whenever Noble stole the puck from an opposing attacker, sending the rest of the crowd into a frenzy. Noble's poke-check to thwart the enemy became nearly as famous as his goal-scoring exploits.
Noble was named player coach and captain of Toronto St. Patricks on November 1, 1921, scoring 17 goals and 11 assists during the season, and his strong play led the St. Patricks to another Stanley Cup championship in 1922.
Noble was such a good defensive player that he increasingly played on the blue line as his career progressed. There was no Norris Trophy for top defenseman back in those days, but this All Star forward would have been a contender for such an award.
Noble resigned as coach and captain of Toronto, November 1, 1922, and was traded to Montreal Maroons by Toronto for $8,000, December 9, 1924. and would win a third Stanley Cup championship in 1926 with the Maroons.
The Maroons moved Noble to the Detroit in 1927 where he would star for 5 more years with the Cougars/Falcons. Jack Adams refused to believe the rumours that Noble was washed up as a player. Noble still managed to add 23 goals to his career total while functioning in a defensive role. He went on to serve as the second captain in franchise history from 1927 to 1930.
Noble played his last 20 NHL games for the Maroons in the second half of the 1932-33 season. His career totals of 167 goals and 97 assists reflect the fact that assists were credited infrequently during this era. The following year he skated as a pro for the final time with the Cleveland Indians of the IAHL.
After retiring as a player, Noble returned to the NHL for two seasons as a referee.
Reg Noble was inducted posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.