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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on December 2nd, 2012

Ralph "Cooney" Weiland - Born November 5, 1904 in Seaforth, Ontario - Died July 3, 1985 was an Canadian Professional Ice Hockey forward.

Weiland began playing junior Hockey for the Seaforth Highlanders, where he spent three seasons with his hometown team. In 1923 he moved to Owen Sound, Ontario to attend school, planning a career as a druggist. He joined that city's junior team, the Owen Sound Greys, and led them to the 1924 Memorial Cup as Canadian champions. He was the club's top scorer with 68 goals in 25 games.

After the Greys lost the 1925 OHA final to Toronto Aura Lee, Weiland played for the Minneapolis Rockets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association / USAHA to close out the 1924-25 season.

Weiland then began a three-year stint with the Minneapolis Millers of the old American Hockey Association. That led to the start of his NHL career with Boston, where he celebrated his rookie campaign in 1928–29 with a Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers. It was the first Cup win in Bruins history.

Weiland's second season during 1929–30, he scored 43 goals and 73 points in 44 games aided by a rule change that season only. It shattered the NHL's single-season points record of 51 which had been set two years earlier by Montreal Canadiens legend Howie Morenz. Weiland held the record alone until 1942–43, when Doug Bentley of the Chicago Black Hawks tied it, and shared it for one more year—Boston's Herb Cain broke the record with 82 points in 1943–44.

The Bruins went to the Cup final again in 1930 but were swept by Montreal. Weiland had a brief career with Ottawa and played two seasons in Detroit, reaching the Cup final for a third time in 1934. Interestingly, one of his fellow Red Wings that year was Teddy Graham, an old teammate from the 1924 Greys.

Weiland returned to Boston in 1935 and retired in 1939 with 173 goals and 333 points in 510 career games. But he ended his NHL playing career as he had begun it; the Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs and earned their second Stanley Cup.

Weiland then stepped behind the bench as the club's new head coach and piloted the Bruins to its third Stanley Cup in 1940–41.

Weiland then helmed the bench for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League for the next four seasons, then coached the league's New Haven entry for two more years.

In 1950 Weiland began his longest coaching stint, at Harvard University, where he compiled a record of 316–172–17 before retiring in 1971.

A member of the Beanpot Hall of Fame, Weiland was twice named coach of the year by the American Hockey Coaches Association, first in 1955, when he led the Crimson to third place in the NCAA tournament, and again in his final season, when his team captured the ECAC tournament.

The New England Hockey Writers Association named Weiland its coach of the year five times and honored him with the Schaefer Pen Award for contribution to amateur Hockey in 1962.

He received the Lester Patrick Award for contribution to Hockey in the United States in 1972.

Weiland coached seven All-Americans, including three-time first-team selection Joe Cavanagh '71 and two-time pick David Johnston '63. His players earned a total of 26 first team All-Ivy honors, highlighted by the 1956–57 team, which was made up entirely of Crimson players.

Four of Weiland's Harvard players helped the 1960 U.S. Olympic team win the gold medal in Squaw Valley.

Cooney Weiland was Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971

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