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Eddie Gerard

Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Died when: 47 years 166 days (569 months)
Star Sign: Pisces


Eddie Gerard

Edward George Gerard (February 22, 1890 – August 7, 1937) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, coach, and manager.Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, he played professionally for 10 seasons for his hometown Ottawa Senators.

He spent the first three years of his playing career as a left winger before switching to defence, retiring in 1923 due to a throat ailment.

Gerard won the Stanley Cup in four consecutive years from 1920 to 1923 (with the Senators three times, and as an injury replacement player with the Toronto St.

Patricks in 1922), and was the first player to win the Cup four years in a row.After his playing career he served as a coach and manager, working with the Montreal Maroons from 1925 until 1929, winning the Stanley Cup in 1926.

Gerard also coached the New York Americans for two seasons between 1930 and 1932, before returning to the Maroons for two more seasons.

He ended his career coaching the St.Louis Eagles in 1934, before retiring due to the same throat issue that had ended his playing career.

He died from complications related to it in 1937.Renowned as a talented athlete in multiple sports, Gerard first gained prominence in rugby football as a halfback for the Ottawa Rough Riders club from 1909 to 1913, though he left the sport when he moved to hockey.

Outside hockey he worked initially for the Canadian government as a printer, before working in the Geodetic Survey, ultimately becoming chief engineering clerk.

Well-renowned during his hockey-playing career, he was regarded as one of the best defenders of his era, and gained notice for being a tough player, though not considered violent or dirty.

Gerard was one of the original nine players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when it was founded in 1945.

He is also an inductee of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

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