The 2011 Single-A Draft (roster, picks, discussion, everything)
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12-24-2011, 11:17 AM
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The Minutemen select 5'7 165 lbs. forward
, who led the New York Rangers in playoff assists in their 1933 Stanley Cup championship postseason after previously having been the PCHL scoring champion in 1929, winning the Memorial Cup back in 1921. At age 30, the 1933 Stanley Cup victory was during his third trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, having done so in New York the previous year and Chicago before that. He played left wing in Chicago and center later on. He was 2nd in Blackhawks assists, third in team points his rookie NHL season of 1929-30 but was scoreless in the team's Stanley Cup Finals playoff run his sophomore season, perhaps without much ice time, as he was traded that summer to New York where he immediately was 4th in team assists, top-5 in team points. The following season helped lead the Rangers to the cup. Following the championship season, he was again top-3 in team assists for the 1932-33 NHL season, but an infected jaw injury nearly ended his life and stunted his career. He had three significant regular seasons over five NHL years of work, and one exceptional championship postseason. If he had come to the NHL earlier in his career and/or if injury hadn't help end it, he might have been considered more of an all-time great.
After helping the Hawks reach the Stanley Cup final in 1931, Somers was off to New York to play for the Broadway Blue Shirts. He played four seasons with the Rangers, although he essentially missed the 1933-34 season. A fractured jaw became infected and left Somers in grave condition. He was confined to a hospital room for a couple of weeks. His wife helped him pass the time "by consistently beating him at checkers."
Somers made a full come back the following season, playing in 41 games. But after going goalless with 5 assists, he gave up on the NHL.
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