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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Back in the 1940s few defensemen were tougher than Pat "Boxcar" Egan… the 5'10" and 190lb defender proved to be one of the most rugged rearguards around. His 185 minutes in penalties led the league. Egan brought his hard-hitting approach east in 1939-40, playing with Eddie Shore's Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League.


He entered the league with an established reputation for his toughness, which meant he was test with fists and liberal use of sticks with great frequency. The rookie passed the test nicely, earning instant respect from his peers. As time went on he also developed a reputation as a good skater with a heavy shot. With the weak NY Americans team he was relied on to rush the puck out of the zone and man a point on the power play. By his second season in the NHL the pugnacious Egan was named a 2nd Team NHL All Star on defense. He scored 8 times and assisted on 20 others that season, all while leading the NHL with 124 PIMs.


With his hard-hitting, rambunctious style, he became an all around solid presence. He was unforgiving with his physical play in his own zone.
Originally Posted by Red Dutton
A second Eddie Shore, absolutely!

Pat “Boxcar” Egan !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Second Team All-Star (1942)
All-Star (1949)

Missed the entire 1942-43 season while he was enlisted in the Military. (

Points among Defensemen – 1st(1947), 1st(1949), 2nd(1944), 3rd(1942), 4th(1946), 6th(1948), 7th(1945)
Goals among Defensemen – 2nd(1944), 2nd(1946), 2nd(1947), 2nd(1948), 2nd(1949), 3rd(1942), 5th(1951), 7th(1945), 7th(1950), 8th(1940)
Assists among Defensemen – 1st(1947), 1st(1949), 2nd(1944), 3rd(1942), 5th(1946), 8th(1945)

From 1945 to 1949 Egan was 2nd in Points, 1st in Goals, and 2nd in Assists
From 1942 to 1951 Egan was 1st in Points, Goals, and Assists

Play-off Points among Defensemen – 2nd(1946), 3rd(1950)
Play-off Goals among Defensemen – 1st(1946), 1st(1950), 4th(1945), 4th(1948)
Play-off Assists among Defensemen – 5th(1947)

From 1945 to 1950 Egan was 2nd in Play-off Points and 1st in Play-off Goals

AHL Points among Defensemen – 5th(1940), 5th(1952), 10th(1953), 10th(1953)

Newspaper Clippings:
Originally Posted by The Globe and Mail – February 4, 1946
Martin J. (Pat) Egan, a hard rock hockey product from Blackie, Alberta, who was introduced into the National League a few years back with Brooklyn Americans by “Red” Dutton, tossed fadeaway shots that mystified Frank McCool and hoisted the Boston Bruins to a 5-3 decision over the Leafs here Saturday night.

A turnstile count of 14, 435, one of the largest of the season, saw Egan rifle a high shot past McCool midway through the second period to tie the score at 2-2, and then deliver another buzz bomb at shinbone height a minute later to move the league-leading Bruins into their victory groove.

Hockey’s Hardest Shot?
Six years ago Egan brought into the NHL one of the hardest shots any goaltender had been asked to handle since Charley Conacher was firing ‘em and scoring ‘em from the hip. Two seasons back, with Detroit Red Wings and then Bruins, Martin J. bagged 15. Saturday’s double brought his count to six for the current campaign, best figure credited to a defenseman in a new style game in which rear guards had not been rolling up scores the way many observers predicted..

Like many other high-powered puck drivers, Egan’s shots are as apt to whistle past a goaltender’s ear or wind up in the end blues as find the target. Saturday he was on the beam twice. Critical fans, well out of Egan’s range, opined that McCool fanned on both shots. They were drives from 30 feet out, and from the right wing side. We’ve seen Brimsek, Thompson, Chabot, Mowers, and a dozen others miss the same kind. After all, McCool isn’t Houdini.

Egan’s defensive play was as impressive as his sniping. He tossed out half a dozen jolts, far above par in this season of the “Vanished Body Check”. His blocking on the Metz-Hamilton breakaway was the high defensive spot of the night. Not only did Blackie Pat take care of Nick, but he wound up with the puck.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen – March 6, 1942
The victory, won in the third through the offensive spirit of Pat Egan, kept Brooklyn even with the Montreal Canadiens…
Originally Posted by The Calgary Herald – January 5, 1944
At least greater offensive strength is what Detroit managers have seemed to acquire in trading Joseph (Pat) Egan to Boston for William (Flash) Hollett. Egan long has been noted principally as a hard hitter and solid blocker, while Hollett is the rushing type of defenseman.

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