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Harry Meeking
Harry Meeking
Left Wing
Number: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 4, 1894
Birthplace: Berlin, ON, Canada
Acquired: 1. Rights transferred to Detroit after NHL club purchased Victoria (WHL) franchise on May 15, 1926; 2. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Fred Gordon on May 22, 1927.
At the age of 18 forward Harry Meeking played with the Toronto Canoe Club of the Ontario Hockey Association Junior league. After a strong showing with the team he was promoted to play for the Toronto R & AA of the Senior league. He played another four games with the team in 1913-14, scoring five goals.

In 1914-15 Meeking scored 16 goals in just six games as a member of the Toronto Victorias of the Senior league. Over the next two years he played for the Toronto Blueshirts of the NHA, scoring four points in 14 games before moving to Ottawa where he played with the Signallers of the OCHL, scoring seven goals in eight games.

At the age of 23, Meeking, who was tagged with the nickname "Hurricane Harry," signed with the NHL's Toronto Arenas in 1917-18, the club which would eventually evolve into the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 21 games in the newly formed league, Meeking scored ten goals and 19 points. Meeking had the honour of being on the first-ever Stanley Cup championship winning team in the NHL, when the Arenas defeated the Vancouver Millionaires in the finals three games to two. In 1918-19 Meeking played in 14 games with the Arenas, scoring seven goals and ten points. He also played for the Glace Bay Miners of the CBHL.

In the fall of 1919, Meeking headed to western Canada where he suited up for the Victoria Aristocrats of the PCHA. He remained out west for six years before finally returning to the NHL in 1926-27 when he played six games for the Detroit Cougars, the predecessor of the Red Wings, before being traded to the Boston Bruins where he played in 23 games. He also appeared in several games with the Windsor Hornets of the CPHL.

Meeking then played two seasons in the CAHL with the New Haven Eagles and the Philadelphia Arrows. In 1929-30 he joined the Toronto Millionaires of the IHL where he played for two years before finishing off his career in 1931-32 in the Can Pro league.

In 64 NHL games, Meeking scored 18 goals and 30 points. He died in 1972 at the age of 77.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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