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C Russ Blinco

125 points in 268 career NHL games
1x Stanley Cup Champion
34th in points among forwards during career(top 40 all selected)
1x Top 10 GPG (6)
1933-1934 Calder Trophy Winner
1x NHL All-Star Game Participant(Howie Morenz Memorial Game)

Centre Russ Blinco was a clever goal scorer and playmaker who spent six years in the NHL during the 1930s. In addition to his offensive gifts, he was one of the cleanest players in the league.

Born in Grand'Mere, Quebec, Blinco played with the local Maroons in 1928-29 before joining the Brooklyn Crescents of the USAHA for three years. He scored 13 goals in 28 games with the senior Windsor Bulldogs in 1932-33 before embarking on his NHL career.

Blinco scored 23 points in 31 games for the Montreal Maroons and was presented the Calder trophy in 1934. During his second big-league season he helped the club win its second Stanley Cup. Blinco's exemplary two- way play was complemented by linemates Earl Robinson and Dave Trottier. In 1937, he took part in the Howie Morenz Memorial Game when the Canadiens and Maroons faced off against the NHL all-stars.

The talented forward was a mainstay on the Maroons roster through the 1937-38 season. Prior to 1938-39, he and teammates Baldy Northcott and Earl Robinson were sent to Chicago for cash. The tough economic times of the 1930s which already killed off the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates had finally claimed the Maroons. Blinco played the full 48-game slate for the Hawks before retiring.

As a rookie Russ Blinco sure caught the eye of the National Hockey League.

A clever though quiet regular of the Montreal Maroons in the 1930s, Blinco's inaugural season in 1933-34 saw him named as the NHL's rookie of the year. He scored 14 goals and 23 points in 31 games that year, only the second year the NHL awarded the Calder trophy.

The native of Grand'mere Quebec had bigger trophies in mind in his sophomore season. He would score a career high 27 points in a full 48 game schedule, including a 4 goal game agains the New York Americans. He would add 2 goals and 4 points in 7 playoff contests, his second goal was the game winner in game two of Maroon's three game sweep of Toronto in the Stanley Cup finals. It was the last Stanley Cup title in Montreal Maroons history.

Blinco would continue to toil with the Maroons for three more seasons. The Maroons faced increasing financial difficulties as the Great Depression's grip held firm.

By August of 1938 the Maroons had suspended operations and began selling off their players. Blinco, Baldy Northcott and Earl Robinson were sold to Chicago for $30,000.

Blinco would play just one season in Chicago before retiring.

Blinco retired having scored 59 goals and 66 assists for 125 points in 259 career NHL games. Blinco was described an intelligent pivot known for his gentlemanly play and proficient effectiveness. He often played with wingers Robinson and Dave Trottier.

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