James Norman "Dutch" Gainor - Born April 10, 1904 in Calgary, Alberta – Died January 16, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta was a Canadian Ice Hockey centre, most notable for playing on the Dynamite Line with Cooney Weiland and Dit Clapper, the first "named" forward line in NHL history.
Gainor got his first taste of pro Hockey with the Duluth Hornets in late 1925. The Duluth American Legion was now operating the Hornets as a minor pro team. He played in the brand new Duluth Amphitheater.
Gainor then went to Alberta, Canada and played 1 season with the Calgary Tigers. He scored 16 goals in 23 games, which got the interest of the NHL Boston Bruins.
Gainor made his NHL on November 15. 1927 vs Chicago Black Hawks at Boston Garden in a 1-1 OT tie
Gainor scored his 1st NHL goal vs Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons at 7:45 of the 1st period at Boston Garden on November 29, 1927.
Playing on the "Dynamite Line" during the 1928-29 NHL season, Gainor was a fan favourite at Boston Garden, helping the Bruins win their 2nd straight Prince of Wales Trophy as American Division regular season champions. Boston would win the Prince of Wales Trophy 4 straight years.
He scored his 1st playoff goal vs George Hainsworth, which tied the game 2-2 in the 2nd period, and Eddie Shore would score another goal to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens, sending Boston to the 1929 Stanley Cup final.
In the Stanley Cup finals, Gainor scored his only other NHL playoff goal vs John Ross Roach of the New York Islanders in game 1, the insurance goal in a 2-0 Boston win. The Bruins won game 2 and the 1929 Stanley Cup championship..... The 1st in Franchise History.
Gainor played with Boston until they traded him the New York Rangers for Joe Jerwa in August, 1931, and he would play with the Rangers for just 1 season, helping them win the 1932 Prince of Wales Trophy, and reach the Stanley Cup finals, losing to Toronto in 3 games.
Gainor then bounced around for a few seasons with ..... Ottawa Senators, Springfield Indians, Saskatoon Crescents, then helping the Calgary Tigers win North West Hockey League in 1934.
Gainor then joined the NHL Montreal Maroons for the 1934-35, going scoreless in 35 games. He didn't play any late season games, and the Maroons went on to win the 1935 Stanley Cup championship on April 9th. Gainor is credited with the 1935 Stanley Cup championship, but did not play in any playoff games.
Gainor played 247 regular season NHL games, scoring 51 goals (9 GWG / 1 OTG), 56 assists and scored 2 playoff goals, 1 assist in 22 NHL playoff games.