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Frank Mathers

Canadian ice hockey player

Died when: 80 years 317 days (970 months)
Star Sign: Aries

 

Frank Mathers

Frank Sydney Mathers (March 29, 1924 – February 9, 2005) was a professional ice hockey player during the 1940s and 1950s.He competed with the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs and the American Hockey League's Pittsburgh Hornets and Hershey Bears.

He is best known for his 35-year association with the Bears as a player, coach, GM and President and was elected as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder's category in 1992.

One of the AHL's most accomplished players, Mathers stood as the all-time assist and point-scoring leader among AHL defencemen upon his retirement as a player in 1962.

He was selected to the AHL All Star Team five consecutive years.As a player or executive, he won eight Calder Cups—two as a player for Pittsburgh (1952 and 1955), two as a player/coach for Hershey (1958 and 1959), one as a coach for Hershey (1969), and three as a general manager for Hershey (1974, 1980 and 1988).

In 1987, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his lifelong commitment to hockey in the United States.Mathers retired from the Bears in 1991 after 35 years with the Hershey Bears (17 as a coach, with the first 6 as a player/coach, and 18 as general manager/team president).

The Bears have retired number 3 in his honor.He is one of few Honored Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame whose North American career was almost entirely outside of the NHL (having played just 23 NHL games), having been enshrined in 1992 in the builders' category.

Mathers was also inducted as a charter member of the AHL Hall of Fame in 2006 in Winnipeg.


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