Francis McCool - Born October 27, 1918 in Calgary, Alberta – Died May 20, 1973 was a Canadian Professional Ice Hockey goaltender.
McCool played minor hockey in his hometown of Calgary with the Calgary Bronks of the Alberta Senior Hockey League. In 1937-38, McCool played in the Memorial Cup with the Calgary Canadians.
In 1939-40, he enrolled at Gonzaga University and played Hockey there from 1940 to 1942. In 1942-43, McCool enrolled in the army. He played for one season for the Calgary Currie Army before being deployed in 1943-44 - After returning in 1944-45, he signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
McCool was the top goaltender for the Maple Leafs as he led them through the season and all the way to the Stanley Cup. The Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games and McCool set a franchise record for most shutouts in the postseason. He also set a NHL record for most consecutive shutouts in the postseason with three, a record that has been tied but not beaten to this day. He also held another Stanley Cup record for the fewest goals allowed in the Final with nine. This stood until the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, when it was beaten by Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas.
McCool also set another milestone as he became the first NHL goaltender to record an assist.
Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1945
Stanley Cup champion in 1945
Shares NHL record for most consecutive shutouts in the postseason (3)
Holds Toronto Maple Leafs record for most shutouts in the postseason (4)