Harvey Teno was one of two goal-playing Teno brothers, but only younger brother Harvey made it to the NHL. In the summer of 1936, the manager of the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern American Hockey League called the Teno's Windsor home and said he had heard about the Teno boy who was a championship goalkeeper and wanted him in New Jersey to play with the Seagulls. It turned out, the manager wanted older brother, Charlie, who had won an Allan Cup with the Sudbury Frood-Tigers in 1936-37, but Harvey intercepted the call. He had won a Memorial Cup with the St.Michael's Majors in 1933-34, so packed his pads and left for Atlantic City.
Although Atlantic City got the wrong Teno, it turned out to be a great move, as Harvey Teno excelled there. The team won the championship both years he played, and Teno was selected to the second team All-Star team both years as well. During the 1938-39 season, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Normie Smith was suspended for refusing to play after a 2-0 loss to the Rangers, and Teno was called up for five games in November 1938. Smith was then traded to Boston (and refused to report) for "Tiny" Thompson, and Harvey Teno was returned to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL.
Teno played nine seasons in the AHL, never again getting another shot at the National Hockey League. But he tutored a young goaltender in Cleveland while playing with the Barons in 1945-46. That goalie was John Kiszkan, who changed his name the next season to Johnny Bower, and who credits Harvey Teno with helping him become an NHL goaltender. After retiring in 1948, Teno coached minor hockey, refereed in the OHA and IHL, and founded the Windsor Minor Hockey Association, which has helped develop players such as Ed Jovanoski. Harvey Teno was inducted posthumously into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.
Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame