Blake, Toe

Blake, Toe (Hector Blake), 1912–1995, Canadian ice hockey player and coach. A left wing, Blake played (1934–35) with the National Hockey League's Montreal Maroons, spent time in the minor leagues, then was traded (1936) to the Montreal Canadiens, where he played on the same line as Maurice Richard and Elmer Lach. In the 1938–39 season, he was the NHL's leading scorer and most valuable player. When he retired (1948) from the NHL due to injury, he had 235 career goals, six 20-goal seasons, and two Stanley Cups (1944, 1946). After coaching in the minor leagues, he led (1955–68) the Canadiens. A tough coach and a brilliant tactician, he had a career total of 500 wins, 255 losses, and 159 ties, and eight Stanley Cup wins (1956–60, 1965–66, 1968). Blake was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

See biography by P. Logothetis (2020).

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