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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on December 19th, 2012

Francis Clarence McGee, (November 4, 1882 – September 16, 1916) was an Amateur Ice Hockey player during the early days of Ice Hockey for the Ottawa Hockey Club, nicknamed the Silver Seven. Though blind in one eye, McGee's superior puckhandling skills and gifted scoring touch made him one of the most feared offensive threats of his day - McGee enjoyed a successful Canadian Amateur Hockey League debut with Ottawa on January 17, 1903, by scoring two goals in a 7-1 victory over the famous Montreal Amateur Athletic Association / Montreal AAA / Montreal Hockey Club. This proved to be a prelude to an even greater achievement as he netted five goals against the Montreal Victorias three weeks later. On March 10, 1903 Ottawa captured their 1st Stanley Cup at the expense of the Montreal Victorias and then successfully defended a challenge from Rat Portage. During the four games against these two clubs, McGee scored seven times and established a reputation for being at his best in Stanley Cup matches - The 1904 and 1905 seasons witnessed an even greater period of success for McGee. On February 25, 1904, he scored a then record five goals in the second game of Ottawa's successful Stanley Cup defense against the Toronto Marlboros. He duplicated this achievement a month later while helping to defeat the Stanley Cup aspirations of Brandon, Manitoba -

The Silver Seven won the championship of the Federal Amateur Hockey League in 1905 with Frank McGee leading the way with 17 goals in only six games. In January, Ottawa successfully beat back the challenge of Dawson City. It was in this series that McGee put forth his, most legendary performance by scoring a Stanley Cup record of 14 goals in the second match. During the 23-2 rout, the Ottawa star at one point recorded eight consecutive goals in less than nine minutes. A month later, he scored the winning goal in the third and deciding game versus the challengers from Rat Portage - while playing with a broken wrist -

The following year, McGee enjoyed a strong regular season with 28 goals in seven games. His last memorable showing in Stanley Cup competition took place in February and March 1906 when he scored six goals in a two-game sweep of Queen's University and then recorded nine goals during a two-game annihilation of Smiths Falls. At the end of March, the Silver Seven's three-year stranglehold on the Stanley Cup came to an end following a two-game series against the Montreal Wanderers. Ottawa fell short by a 12-10 aggregate score - The 1904 and 1905 seasons witnessed an even greater period of success for McGee. On February 25, 1904, he scored a then record five goals in the second game of Ottawa's successful Stanley Cup defense against the Toronto Marlboros. He duplicated this achievement a month later while helping to defeat the Stanley Cup aspirations of Brandon, Manitoba.

The Silver Seven won the championship of the Federal Amateur Hockey League in 1905 with Frank McGee leading the way with 17 goals in only six games. In January, Ottawa successfully beat back the challenge of Dawson City. It was in this series that McGee put forth his, most legendary performance by scoring a Stanley Cup record of 14 goals in the second match. During the 23-2 rout, the Ottawa star at one point recorded eight consecutive goals in less than nine minutes. A month later, he scored the winning goal in the third and deciding game versus the challengers from Rat Portage - while playing with a broken wrist.

The following year, McGee enjoyed a strong regular season with 28 goals in seven games. His last memorable showing in Stanley Cup competition took place in February and March 1906 when he scored six goals in a two-game sweep of Queen's University and then recorded nine goals during a two-game annihilation of Smiths Falls. At the end of March, the Silver Seven's three-year stranglehold on the Stanley Cup came to an end following a two-game series against the Montreal Wanderers. Ottawa fell short by a 12-10 aggregate score - McGee retired at just 23 years old after scoring 135 goals in only 45 games in both league and challenge - McGee enlisted in the military and fought in World War I for the 43rd Regiment (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) as a lieutenant in the 21st Infantry Battalion, starting in May 1915 despite being blind, or effectively blind in the left eye, the result of an old Hockey injury. McGee believed he had fooled the physician performing his medical examination at the time he enlisted. When asked to cover one eye, then the other during the vision examination, McGee pulled a fast one: rather than covering his good eye he switched hands, covering the same bad eye with his other hand. The likelihood is that McGee fooled no one: the army's medical form describes his vision as good in the right eye but nothing is shown for the left eye -- that section of the form is blank - In December 1915 McGee was wounded when his armoured car was demolished by a German high-explosive shell. McGee He was given the choice of a posting in Le Havre away from the action, but chose to return to his battalion at the front. He returned to the 21st Battalion in August 1916 for the Battle of Flers-Courcelette / Battle of the Somme. McGee was a motorcycle dispatch rider. That turned out to be a very dangerous job. McGee was killed in action 16 September. His body was not recovered and identified. He is remembered on Canada's great memorial at Vimy, one of 11,285 Canadians killed in France who have no known grave - Frank McGee was one of the original players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame at its founding in 1945

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