Clement Joseph "Clem" Loughlin - Born November 15, 1892 in Carroll, Manitoba – Died January 28, 1977 in Viking, Alberta was a Canadian ice Hockey defenceman and coach.
Loughlin played his first organized Hockey at the College of St. Boniface in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he attended high school.
In 1910, Loughlin joined the Winnipeg Monarchs, a senior team in the Manitoba Hockey League. While playing for the Monarchs, Loughlin also played for the Winnipeg Strathconas in a independent league in Winnipeg during the 1912-13 season, and the 1913-14 season.
Loughlin, while playing for the Monarchs, helped the team win the Winnipeg League during the 1913-14 season, and they were awarded the 1914 Pattinson Trophy as Manitoba Amateur Champions. The Monarchs were also now the new Allan Cup holders, as the defending 1913 Allan Cup champions, Winnipeg Hockey Club, failed to win the Winnipeg Hockey League, so the Monarchs took over the trophy. The Monarchs then had 2 challenge games for the Allan Cup. In the first challenge game, they defeated the Kenora Thistles 6-2 on March 11, 1914, but then on March 13, 1914, they lost the Allan Cup to the Victoria Hockey Club / Winnipeg Victorias 5-4, and the Victorias were now the 1914 Allan Cup champions.
Loughlin had a strong season for the Monarchs in 1914-15, as the team defended the Pattinson Trophy as Winnipeg Hockey League and Manitoba Champions defeating the Winnipeg Falcons in a 2 game total goal series in the Provincial final. The Monarchs would now challenge for the 1915 Allan Cup vs the Melville Millionaires, who were now the trophy holders. The challenge was a 2 game total goals series. On March 10, 1915, Melville won the first game 4-3, but the second game on March 12, the Monarchs won 4-2, giving them the series 7 goals to 6, and the 1915 Allan Cup championship. Loughlin had a great playoffs with the Monarchs, scoring 6 goals.
Loughlin then played one more season with the Monarchs, before heading to the West Coast and turning pro for the Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association / PCHA for the 1916-17 season. Portland finished 3rd in the league that season, with Loughlin scoring his first 3 goals as a professional.
Loughlin played the 1917-18 season in Portland, and was then signed as a free agent by the Victoria Aristocrats of the PCHA after Portland franchise folded, November 28, 1918.
Loughlin would become a big part of the Victoria team, and he was united with his brother Wilf on the Aristocrats team.
Both the Loughlin brothers, playing for the Aristocrats were part of the longest game in professional Hockey at that time, when on March 4, 1921 vs the Seattle Metropolitans, the teams went into overtime with the score tied 4-4. Three more complete periods were played with no winner, and it was finally called due to the exhaustion of the players, playing 6 complete periods. There were very few substitutions during games at that time. Clem was the only skater to play all 120 minutes (6 periods) of the game, and he also scored 1 of the goals in regulation time.
Clem Loughlin was named captain of the Aristocrats for the 1921-22 season, the final season that the Victoria team would be known as the Aristocrats. He scored 6 goals, 3 assists during the season.
Victoria had decided to change the name of their team to the Cougars for the 1922-23 season, and the PCHA also increased the regular season games to 30, and Loughlin would have his best season points wise, with 12 goals, 10 assists during the regular season, and Victoria would finally make the playoffs with Clem on the team. They lost in the PCHA final to Vancouver in 2 straight games.
Loughlin would have another strong season in 1923-24, scoring 10 goals, 7 assists during the regular season, but the team would not make the playoffs.
The final season of the PCHA was also during 1923-24, as in 1921-22, the Western Canada Hockey League / WCHL was formed and the PCHA adopted an interlocking schedule with the new league. Unfortunately, by 1923-24, owners were no longer able to compete with the NHL for players and the PCHA was hurting as a result. The Pacific Coast Hockey League, with its membership down to just two teams, ceased operations following the 1923-24 season. The two remaining teams (Victoria & Vancouver) applied for and received membership in the WCHL.
Loughlin, now playing in the WCHL, a league that featured many future Hall of Famers, would score 9 goals, 2 assists in the regular season, and he also had the most penalty minutes of his career at this point with 48. Victoria finished 3rd in the 6 team league, and defeated both the Saskatoon Crescents and Calgary Tigers in the 1925 WCHL playoffs, winning the 1925 W.C.H.L. Cup.
Victoria would play the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals, with Loughlin scoring 1 goal in game 4, the final goal of the series in a 6-1 victory, as Victoria won the series 3 games to 1 to become 1925 Stanley Cup Champions.
NOTE - Loughlin's goal in the 1925 Stanley Cup finals, was the very last goal ever scored on Hall of Fame goaltender Georges Vézina.
Loughlin played one final season for Victoria in 1925-26, scoring 7, goals, 3 assists and a career high 52 penalty minutes in the regular season, and Victoria defeated the Saskatoon Sheiks and Edmonton Eskimos in the WCHL playoffs to reach the 1926 Stanley Cup finals, where this time, they lost to the Montreal Maroons.
The WCHL was never particularly stable. A major factor weakening the league's long term prospects for success was the lack of any teams in Winnipeg, then by far the largest city in the Prairies, and the league dissolved after the season. In the spring of 1926, a group of businessmen from Detroit won an NHL expansion franchise and bought the rights to many of the players from the Stanley Cup finalist Cougars on May 15. The new NHL franchise would retain the nickname "Cougars" in tribute. The Detroit Cougars would later be renamed the Detroit Falcons in 1930, and would ultimately be renamed the Detroit Red Wings in 1932.
Loughlin was one of the new Detroit Cougars, and he would play in Detroit for the next 2 seasons. The first year, the 1926-27 season, was played at Border Cities Arena (Windsor, Ontario) across the river from Detroit, while the Olympia Stadium was being constructed. Clem played his 1st NHL game on November 18, 1926 vs the Boston Bruins. He scored his 1st NHL goal vs Jake Forbes of the New York Americans on November 27th at 4:20 of the 1st period, and got the only assist on the winning goal by Frank Foyston in the 3rd period in a 4-2 victory for Detroit.
Two months into that first NHL season, Clem was elected to become the first captain in Detroit NHL history. The next season Clem would play in the first Hockey game at the new Detroit Olympia Stadium on November 22, 1927. The Olympia would later become known as “The Old Red Barn.” to Detroit Hockey fans.
Loughlin was then traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash, October 18, 1928.
Loughlin only played 24 games in Chicago, having 1 assist, and he spent the rest of the season with the Kitchener Millionaires of the Can-Pro League.
Loughlin was the traded / bought for cash, November 12, 1929 by the London Panthers of the IHL. The Panthers became the Tecumsehs for the 1930-31 season, and Clem was asked to help out coaching, while also being a player. For the next 1 1/2 seasons, Loughlin would be the player / coach of the Tecumsehs.
Loughlin retired as a player in 1932, and focused on just coaching and managing the Tecumsehs. During the 1933-34 season, the Tecumsehs just barley had a winning record with 18 victories, 17 losses during the regular season, but in the playoffs, London played some great Hockey , winning the 1934 F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy as International Hockey League champions.
The Chicago Black Hawks owner Major Frederic McLaughlin had taken notice of the coaching ability of Loughlin, and offered him the position behind the Black Hawks bench for the 1934-35 season. Clem had heard that the Black Hawks former coach, Tommy Gorman had resigned after a dispute with the owner right after guiding Chicago to the 1934 Stanley Cup championship, but he jumped at the chance to coach in the NHL.
Loughlin coached the Black Hawks for 3 seasons, the first 2 making the NHL playoffs. The Black Hawks missed the 1937 NHL playoffs, and Major McLaughlin decided to make changes.
Loughlin coached one final season with the Saskatoon Quakers for the 1937-38 season.
Clem Loughlin was posthumously inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.