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Sprague Cleghorn, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 5'10", 190 lbs (In his era, Cleghorn was one of the biggest players in the league.)
Shoots: Left
Nickname: "Peg"



- 3-time Stanley Cup Winner
- Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (1958)
- 84 goals, 123 regular season points in 251 games played.
- 4 goals, 7 playoff points in 21 games played.
- 84 goals, 117 regular season points in 115 NHA games played. (assists rarely recorded.)
- Finished 2nd in 1926 Hart Trophy Voting As well as 1924.
- For what it's worth, Ultimate Hockey award Cleghorn with two retro Norris trophies. (Keep in mind the Norris Trophy was inaugurated in 1954, so these are just based on stats/accolades)

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Originally Posted by Morning Leader, Dec. 17, 1915
Sprague Cleghorn, who has been elected captain of Montreal Wanderers this season, is perhaps the best all-around defence player in the NHA. He can hold down either the line or defence, is fast, a fine stick-handler, and carries a grand shot. He led all defence men in scoring last season. His great forte is intercepting a pass or busting a rush and getting off to a flying break for the other end of the rink. He stands alone in this stunt. Sprague has a head as well as hands and feet.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
A remarkably talented and fierce competitor, Henry William Sprague Cleghorn was admired, despised and feared during his playing days. Wherever he skated, Cleghorn served as the anchor of his team's defense or occasionally posed an offensive threat as a forward. His on-ice accomplishments and physical style of play made him a virtual archetype of the hard-nosed star of hockey's early days.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
At this time Cleghorn was heavily influenced by his teammate Fred "Cyclone" Taylor. Cleghorn rushed forward with the puck in much the same fashion as the illustrious defender and was one of the earliest incarnations of an offensive defenseman.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
As well known as he was for his speculative rushes on offense, Cleghorn was lauded for his play even when he didn't have the puck. Many of the game's top forwards were less inclined to venture near a net guarded by a tough defender. But Cleghorn wasn't a mere bully; he was respected for exceptional defensive play that was considered to be at the same level as such stars as Eddie Gerard and George Boucher.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Cleghorn was suspended by team owner Leo Dandurand when he attacked Ottawa defenseman, Lionel Hitchman, who described his player's actions as "befitting an animal."
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Sprague Cleghorn is one of the game's all time best defensemen, but also one of the most aggressive. Perhaps too aggressive, But his on ice greatness has been forever overshadowed by his on ice antics. He played the game with vigilante vigor
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Despite such actions, Cleghorn continually produced results, including helping the Habs win their first Stanley Cup as a member of the National Hockey League
Cleghorn and xxxxx xxxxx were traded to the Bruins in the 1925-1926 season, and got rowdy with Eddie Shore in practice, leading him to get repairs on his ear. But over time they became close, and Cleghorn acted as a mentor/tutor the young phenom Shore as he constantly improved into a perennial all-star defenseman.


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