Clancy, Pronger portraits unveiled – NHL.com

Clancy won two Stanley Cup titles with the Ottawa Senators (1923, 1927) and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1932) and played in the Cup Final six times. After the NHL began selecting First and Second All-Star teams in 1930-31, he made one each of the first four seasons. He also might have been the NHL’s Rookie of the Year had that award existed in 1922.

When he retired in November 1936, Clancy was the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history with 283 points (136 goals, 147 assists) in 592 games and was first among defensemen in goals. He hit double digits in goals, uncommon for a defenseman, in six seasons, and in three seasons he finished among the League’s top 20 scorers, also rare at his position.

In his NHL100 profile of Clancy, author Stu Hackel wrote about how popular of a player Clancy was.

Video: Star defenseman King Clancy did everything in hockey

“Many of the colorful yarns involving Francis Michael “King” Clancy, whose Hall of Fame career extended to refereeing, coaching and serving as an assistant general manager, ambassador and raconteur, come in different versions, perhaps seasoned with a touch of blarney, including those stories he told himself.

“Some things, however, are indisputable: The King, a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, was one of hockey’s most beloved figures, spry with a high-pitched voice and a face that looked, as Toronto journalist Trent Frayne once wrote, ‘like a Dublin back alley.’

“Clancy believed that ‘hockey was a joyous kind of game.’ And that’s how he played it — for fun. His professional playing career lasted 15 full seasons during some of the game’s wildest years and began when half the League still played on natural ice. He was part of the NHL’s first dynasty —

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