Defenceman Jim Hay spent parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 50s. He was a punishing hitter in his own zone and could move the puck up ice with efficiency. The majority of his long pro career was spent in the minors, particularly the Western League.
Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Hay played junior with the OHA's Windsor Spitfires. He spent the early part of his pro career jumping from the IHL to the USHL then the AHL. He scored 24 goals for the Omaha Knights in 1950-51 and was voted on to the USHL second all-star team. In 1952-53 he was a solid addition to the Detroit Red Wings' blueline and was on hand when the club lost to the Boston Bruins in the semifinals. Over the next two seasons he was a utility player on the club and played more games in the minors. Hay was recalled in time for the 1955 post-season and scored a goal while helping the Motowners win the Stanley Cup.
Beginning in 1955-56, Hay spent 14 of the next 15 seasons in the WHL and helped the Portland Buckaroos win a league championship in 1965. In the early 70's he joined the Jersey Devils for parts of two seasons before retiring in 1972. Hay then stepped behind the club's bench as a head coach in 1972-73 before stepping away from the game.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame