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Reg Noble
Reg Noble
Center
Number: 3
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 23, 1896
Birthplace: Collingwood, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Montreal Maroons for $7,500, October 4, 1927.
Reg Noble was a winner at both the amateur and professional levels throughout his career. His consistent scoring and natural skill granted him status as one of the game's top left wings. He was also one of hockey's most independent thinkers, and he often got himself into trouble by ignoring training schedules and team curfews. Despite his free spirit, he was a brilliant stickhandler who played hard and earned the favor of fans everywhere.

His hockey skills were refined with the Collingwood Business College squad, the town's OHA junior outfit at the time. In 1914-15, Noble helped the Collingwood juniors win their league before they lost out to Berlin (later Kitchener) in the provincial semifinals. The next season he played a major role in the Toronto Riversides' OHA senior championship by leading all scorers with six goals in four games. That spring he was also called in to aid the St. Michael's Majors' drive to the junior title. Noble was the top player on the squad with nine goals in six games.

Noble joined the professional ranks with the NHA's Toronto Blueshirts in 1916-17. He was enjoying a solid year with nine goals in 14 games when the team folded and he was picked up by the Montreal Canadiens. As a member of the Canadiens, he contributed four goals in six matches but was deemed too late an addition to be eligible for Montreal's quest for the Stanley Cup. He missed out on the club's trip to Seattle, where the Metropolitans made history as the first American team to win the Cup.

Noble's rights weren't retained when the NHA disbanded and the Canadiens prepared to enter the newly formed NHL. Instead, he was signed a week later by the Toronto Arenas. The new signee scored 30 goals in 20 games during the inaugural NHL season to finish third in the scoring race. More importantly, the Toronto club became the new league's first Stanley Cup winner.

Noble remained a stalwart with the franchise when it was renamed the St. Patricks in 1919-20. During this period, he formed one of hockey's great early lines with right winger Cecil "Babe" Dye and center Corb Denneny. Noble was a crowd favorite at the old Mutual Street Arena and one loyal fan used to wind up a siren whenever Noble stole the puck from an opposing attacker, sending the rest of the crowd into a frenzy. Noble's poke-check to thwart the enemy became nearly as famous as his goal-scoring exploits.

In their third year as the St. Pats, the club finished in second place and faced the powerful Ottawa Senators in the playoffs. They won the first match at home and the second game was played amid large pools of water on the natural surface of the Dey Arena in the nation's capital. This proved to be the last time an NHL game was played on natural ice. The St. Pats held the home side to a scoreless draw to earn the right to play the PCHA champion Vancouver Maroons for the Stanley Cup and the eastern squad triumphed three games to two.

In December 1924 Noble was traded to the Montreal Maroons and was part of a third Cup triumph in 1925-26. Beginning in 1927, he spent over five seasons as a defenseman with the Detroit Cougars/Falcons when Jack Adams refused to believe the rumours that Noble was washed up as a player. Noble still managed to add 23 goals to his career total while functioning in a defensive role. He went on to serve as the second captain in franchise history from 1927 to 1930.

Noble played his last 20 NHL games for the Maroons in the second half of the 1932-33 season. His career totals of 167 goals and 97 assists reflect the fact that assists were credited infrequently during this era. The following year he skated as a pro for the final time with the Cleveland Indians of the IAHL.

After retiring as a player, Noble returned to the NHL for two seasons as a referee. He was elected to the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1944 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
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 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
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

STATS

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