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09-08-2009, 08:00 AM
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RW/D Mac Colville

- 5'9", 175 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1940)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1937)
- Allan Cup (1943)
- Top-20 in goals twice (1938, 1941)
- 12th in assists (1939)
- 4th in goals, 8th in points in 1940 playoffs
- 175 points in 353 games
- 19 points in 40 playoff games

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Mac Colville began his NHL career at the age of 19, signing a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers in 1935-36. He appeared in 18 games that season, scoring a goal and five points. Upon returning to the Rangers the following season, he was one of the best performers during the team's try-out sessions and was inserted into the lineup for 46 games. He responded by scoring seven goals and 19 points. The Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup finals where they were beaten in a best-of-five final, three-games-to-two by the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1937-38 and 1938-39, Colville played in 48 games each season, both times scoring 28 points. In 1939-40, Colville scored 21 points in 47 games as the Rangers again made it to the Stanley Cup finals. This time, New York prevailed, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven series, four-games-to-two. It was the Rangers' last Stanley Cup victory for a span of 54 years, the next one coming in 1994. The following season, Colville recorded a career-high 31-point season on 14 goals and 17 assists.
Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
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Originally Posted by NY Times
In the late 1930's and early 40's, Mac Colville on right wing, Neil Colville at center and Alex Shibicky at left wing formed one of the top lines in the National Hockey League, a unit known as the Bread Line because it was considered the bread and butter of the Rangers' offense.

Mac scored two goals in the opener of the Rangers' semifinal playoff series in 1940 against the Boston Bruins, and the Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers did not win another championship until 1994.

Neil Colville was more the scorer while Mac, 17 months younger, paid attention to defensive play.

''I did all the backchecking,'' Mac told The Globe and Mail of Toronto in 1986. ''Old Lester Patrick told us never to give the puck away because the other team couldn't score if we had it,'' he added, referring to the Rangers' general manager.

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