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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on June 16th, 2015

Harry George "Hap" Holmes - Born February 21, 1888 in Aurora, Ontario – Died June 27, 1941 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was a Canadian ice Hockey & lacrosse goaltender and coach.

Holmes was the lacrosse goaltender for the 1st Mann Cup champions in 1910 with the Young Toronto Lacrosse Club.

Holmes was the 1st professional Hockey goaltender in Toronto, Ontario, playing for the Torontos / Toronto Blueshirts (Toronto Hockey Club) in the National Hockey Association / NHA, making his debut at the Arena Gardens on December 25, 1912 vs the Montreal Canadiens in a 9-5 Montreal win.

Holmes later made his NHL debut with the Toronto Arenas on January 9, 1918 vs the Montreal Canadiens at Arena Gardens in a 6-4 Toronto win.

Hap Holmes is the only goaltender to win the Stanley Cup with 4 different teams, and the 1st goalie to win the Stanley Cup with a American team, the Seattle Metropolitans.

- Stanley Cup Champion 1914 with Toronto Blueshirts
- Stanley Cup Champion 1917 with Seattle Metropolitans
- Stanley Cup Champion 1918 with Toronto Arenas
- Stanley Cup Champion 1925 with Victoria Cougars

Holmes also played in the 1919, 1920 and 1926 Stanley Cup finals.

Holmes played in 30 Stanley Cup playoff games, winning 17, losing 12 and 1 tie in the cancelled 1919 final.

- O'Brien Trophy Champion 1913-14 with Torontos / Toronto Blueshirts (Toronto Hockey Club) as NHA Champions and 1917-18 with Toronto Arenas as NHL Playoff Champions.

After his playing career, Holmes coached minor-league teams. He coached the Toronto Millionaires, of the Canadian Professional Hockey League / CPHL to a 19–6–7 record in the 1928–29 season, and the Cleveland Indians of the International Hockey League / IHL to a 24–18–6 record in the 1930–31 season.

The American Hockey League / AHL named their award for the top goaltender, the Hap Holmes Memorial Award, after him and was first presented after the 1947-48 season.

Hap Holmes was inducted posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972

Harold “Hap” Holmes was inducted into the Inaugural class of the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame 2013.

The 4 Stanley Cups that Hap Holmes won are unique in Hockey history, as the 1914 Stanley Cup was the 1st team from Toronto to win, the 1917 Stanley Cup was the 1st won by a USA team, the 1918 Stanley Cup was the 1st won by a NHL team and the 1925 Stanley Cup was the last non NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

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