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Woodrow Wilson Clarence "Porky" Dumart - Born December 23, 1916 in Kitchener, Ontario – Died October 19, 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts was a Canadian professional ice Hockey left winger.

Dumart grew up play Hockey on the frozen outdoors ponds and sloughs in and around Kitchener, and would play his junior Hockey for the OHA Jr. B Kitchener Empires in 1933, and the Kitchener Greenshirts in 1934-35 season. Dumart played defense for much of his youth.

Dumart was signed by the Boston Bruins in the fall of 1935, and would spend his first pro Hockey season in the Canadian–American Hockey League / Can-Am playing for the Boston Cubs gaining valuable experience, and earned a one-game call-up to the NHL.

The next year Dumart appeared in 17 games for the Bruins, but his development wasn't rushed. Dumart played two-thirds of the year with the Providence Reds of the AHL in an effort to polish his game. It was here that he was first paired with Schmidt and Bauer on an effective forward unit. Providence coach Albert "Battleship" Leduc originally labeled them "The Sauerkraut Line" in reference to their German ancestry.

Dumart made the Bruins for good in early 1937. Reunited with Schmidt and Bauer, the trio become one of the most famous lines in Hockey history. Dumart - at 6'1", one of the largest wingers of his day - was the skilled checking and defensive component to the line, while contributing good scoring. His hard work made him a natural leader and fan favorite.

By the 1938-39 season, the Kraut Line was working wonders in the NHL. Their offensive proficiency and competitive spirit were crucial to the Bruins' second Stanley Cup win in franchise history in 1939. That season was special for the line. The trio became the first line in NHL history to finish 1-2-3 in league scoring.

Dumart continued to check the top right wingers in the game and also recorded his first 20-goal season in 1939-40. The following season he helped Boston win its second Stanley Cup title in three years. Dumart's stellar contribution didn't go unnoticed. Following both the 1939-40 and 1940-41 seasons he was voted to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.

Then World War II intervened - leading to the line being renamed, briefly and abortively, the "Kitchener Kids" due to anti-German sentiment - and Dumart enlisted with teammates Schmidt, Bauer and Frank Brimsek. Joining the Royal Canadian Air Force halfway through the 1941–42 season, Dumart joined the Ottawa RCAF Flyers Hockey team which challenged for the Allan Cup, Canada's senior league championship, and scored over a goal a game in leading the team to the 1942 Allan Cup championship. He played briefly in the fall of 1942 for the Flyers before being shipped overseas, where he served until the end of the war.

After the war, he returned to the league and enjoyed some of his finest seasons, statistically. He recorded four 20-goal seasons between 1946 and 1951 and took part in the first two annual NHL All-Star games in 1947 and 1948. The veteran was placed on the Second All-Star Team for the third time in his career after the 1946-47 season.

His scoring skills diminishing in his final years, Dumart ended his NHL career with Boston after the 1954 playoffs. He played one last stint the following season with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League, suiting up for fifteen games before hanging up his skates at last.

Dumart retired as the leading scoring left wing in Bruins' history and remains fourth in that category, as well as in games played. Dumart played sixteen NHL seasons in all, scoring 211 goals and 218 assists for 429 points in 772 games.

Dumart remained active with charitable affairs, being the longtime coach of the Bruins' Alumni Association team.

Woody Dumart was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.


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