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Fido Purpur
Fido Purpur
Right Wing
Number: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 155
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 26, 1914
Birthplace: Grand Forks, ND, United States
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Chicago to complete transaction that sent Earl Seibert to Detroit (January 2, 1945) on January 4, 1945.
Fido Purpur has the distinction of being North Dakota's first native son to play in the NHL. He was small in stature, but he played a big, gutsy game accentuated by great speed and persistence.

Purpur first hit the ice, in a state that had little tradition for hockey, on a pair of five-cent shoe skates his brother had purchased. He plodded his way through his youth until one day he saw a team photo of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was immediately struck by the notion that someday he was going to play for that team.

Purpur turned pro in 1932 with the Minneapolis Miners of the CHL. Two years later, he crossed that historical gulf into the NHL with the St. Louis Eagles where he played 25 games before rejoining the Miners in 1935. From there he entered the American Hockey Association with the St. Louis Flyers where he put in six offensively productive and colourful seasons. His team won the Harry F. Sinclair Trophy as league champs in 1939.

In 1941, Purpur finally realized his vision by joining the Chicago Blackhawks for eight games. But about that same time, he contracted an unidentified illness that consistently elevated his body temperature. He never fully recovered, but struggled nonetheless to stay at the NHL level.

During the two campaigns that followed, Purpur skated with the Bentley brothers and served as Rocket Richard's shadow. But Purpur's mystery illness had sapped some of the speed from his legs. Midway through the 1944-45 campaign, he was sent to the minors before resurfacing for the playoffs with the Detroit Red Wings. He played in seven games and had an assist?his last NHL action.

Over the next two seasons, he skated in the minors with the St. Louis Flyers and the St. Paul Saints where he retired in 1947.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59