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Alex Motter
Alex Motter
Number: 3
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 20, 1913
Birthplace: Melville, SK, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Boston for Clarence Drouillard and cash on December 22, 1937.
While growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Alex Motter had designs on being an electrical engineer. But when professional hockey beckoned, Motter abandoned hope for engineering and concentrated on staying in the National Hockey League.

His career began with the Boston Bruins in 1934-35. But Motter was tossed between Boston and its AHL affiliate in Providence, playing just 26 NHL games during the three seasons he was a center in the Bruins' organization. Then, a revelation occurred when Motter was traded to Detroit in December 1937.

Red Wings' general manager Jack Adams thought Alex would be better suited to defense. Motter hated the move but worked hard at his new position in order to stick with the Wings -- and he did just that. Alex Motter played six seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, and in his final season he contributed to winning the 1942-43 Stanley Cup.

After serving in the military during the World War II, Motter attempted to get back to the NHL but was unsuccessful and finished his career in the American Hockey League.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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