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Ken Doraty
Ken Doraty
Right Wing
Number: 11
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 133
Shoots: Right
Born: Jun 23, 1906
Birthplace: Stittsville, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on December 3, 1936.
Ken Doraty played just 105 regular-season NHL games, spanning an 1-year period, but his legend will live in hockey history.

Doraty's professional hockey career began in 1926-27 when he suited up for seven games with the Minneapolis Millers of the AHA before being called up to play with the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL, where he dressed for 20 games.

It was another six years before Doraty got the opportunity to play in the NHL. During those years he played with the Kitchener and Toronto Millionaires of the CPHL. Doraty was always trying to downplay his size, but his slight build seemed to scare NHL teams away from him. Even in the late 1920s and 1930s, 135 pounds was small for a pro hockey player. Doraty compromised with quickness and agility, managing to avoid the checking of the bigger players.

From 1929 to 1932 he was one of the top players with the Cleveland Indians of the IHL, scoring over 20 goals in each of his three years with the club. But, Doraty had a driving ambition to play in the NHL. That chance came about in 1932-33 when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed him at the age of 26.

Doraty played 38 regular-season games with the Leafs, scoring five goals and 11 assists, but it was his playoff heroics early in the dawn of April 4, 1933 that assured him a place in hockey history as he scored the winning goal in the second-longest game in NHL playoff history. The rookie scored at 4:46 of the sixth overtime period to give Toronto a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of its best-of-five Stanley Cup semifinal series. The game, played at Maple Leaf Gardens, officially ended at 1:48 a.m. It remains the longest game ever played at the Gardens. The Leafs advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the New York Rangers.

Doraty played two more seasons with Toronto in 1933-34 and 1934-35, playing in 45 games, scoring ten goals and 20 assists. His NHL career ended in 1937-38, when he dressed for two games with the Detroit Red Wings.

Doraty was born in Stittsville, Ontario, but moved to Rouleau, Saskatchewan with his parents at the age of five. He was a star on the Memorial Cup champion Regina Pats in 1924-25. After his pro hockey career he coached the junior Moose Jaw Canucks for three years, and led them to the Memorial Cup finals in 1947 against the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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