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Rollie McLenahan
Rollie McLenahan
Defenseman
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 169
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 26, 1921
Birthplace: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Not many players have emerged from New Brunswick to play in the National Hockey League. By the mid-1940s, the number could likely have been counted on one hand, and included Joe Lamb, Gord Drillon and the man they called 'Mighty Mite,' Rollie McLenahan.

Rollie was born October 26, 1921 in Fredericton, New Brunswick's capital. Although he began his hockey career in Canada's Atlantic, it wasn't until he moved into Ontario that hockey people realized just how good this defenseman was. Rollie joined the Guelph Biltmores in 1940. In 1941-42, playing with the Washington Eagles of the Eastern Hockey League, the 5'7" Mighty Mite scored 19 goals and 44 points from his blueline position. By 1942, Rollie was in Sudbury playing three seasons of senior hockey with the Tigers.

The Detroit Red Wings signed McLenahan as a free agent in 1945, and in his only NHL action, Mighty Mite played 9 games, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist. Rollie spent the rest of that season with Indianapolis of the AHL. In fact, between 1945-46 and 1950-51, McLenahan was a stalwart on defense in the AHL. He was chosen to the league's First All-Star Team in 1949-50 while a member of the Hershey Bears.

In 1951-52, Mighty Mite returned home, playing for the Fredericton Capitals and leading the Seniors in scoring his first season back. Sudbury called during the 1952-53 season, and after starting in Fredericton, Rollie finished the season with the Wolves of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. McLenahan finished his playing career with four seasons (1953-57) with the Cincinnati Mohawks of the IHL, and was named to the league's First All-Star Team three consecutive seasons (1954, 1955 and 1956), leading the IHL in goals with 34 in 1956.

After retiring following the 1956-57 season, Rollie McLenahan moved into coaching, running the AHL Rochester Americans' bench during the 1957-58 season. McLenahan died April 23, 1984 at the age of 62.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89