Reginald James "Reg" Hamilton - Born April 29, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario – Died June 12, 1991 in Toronto, Ontario was a Canadian ice Hockey defenseman and coach.
Hamilton Played all his minor and junior Hockey in Toronto with West Toronto Bantams, Victoria Midgets before joining the Toronto Marlboros in 1930, playing 3 seasons with the Marlboros, and in his final year of junior Hockey, played with St. Michael's College School Hockey team - St. Michael's Majors during their undefeated season in 1933-34, winning the SPA / Sportsmen's Patriotic Association Tournament, George T Richardson Memorial Trophy, J Ross Robertson Cup and the 1934 Memorial Cup championship. Hamilton scored 4 goals, 12 assists in 13 playoff games.
Hamilton turned pro for the 1934-35 season, signing his first professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and played for their farm team, the Syracuse Stars. Hamilton was a quick learner and developed a tough style of playing.
Many considered the Hamilton elbows the most lethal in the league until a young man named Gordie Howe came along.
During his second year in Syracuse, Hamilton was called up to play for the Maple Leafs in 1935, playing in 7 games, making his NHL debut on December 10, 1935 vs the New York Americans.
Hamilton started the next season in Syracuse, but after 9 games joined the Maple Leafs full time, and would play in Toronto for the next 9 seasons. He scored his 1st NHL goal on December 5, 1936 vs Alex Connell of the Montreal Maroons
Hamilton was part of the 1942 "Miracle" squad that won the Stanley Cup championship after going down three games to none against Detroit, but Hamilton had suffered a injury during the regular season, and did not play in the playoffs. His name was still engraved on the Stanley Cup.
In the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals, Hamilton and the Maple Leafs played the Detroit Red Wings for the championship. The series would go a full 7 games, and Toronto would make NHL history, as this was the first time in the history of game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals that the home team did not win - the game was played at The Olympia in Detroit.
During his playing days for the Maple Leafs, Hamilton wore #3, #5, #20, and #21 over his career.
Hamilton was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks by Toronto for cash and future considerations, July 9, 1945, and played in Chicago for just over a full season before being named playing coach of the Black Hawks minor league affiliate, the Kansas City Pla-Mors on December 1, 1946. Hamilton would later be named the Pla-Mors team manager.
Hamilton and the Pla-Mors would win the 1947 United States Hockey League Championship, and Hamilton stayed with the Pla-Mors until 1949.
Hamilton returned to Toronto to take over as the head coach of the Toronto Marlboros from 1951 to 1954.
Reg Hamilton played 424 regular season NHL games, scoring 21 goals, 87 assists and played in 64 NHL playoff games, scoring 3 goals, 8 assists.