The 2011 Single-A Draft (roster, picks, discussion, everything)
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12-24-2011, 12:51 PM
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The Minutemen select center
, the Blackhawks number one center for four consecutive seasons beginning with his rookie season of 1929-30 and ending with the emergence of Romnes. Cook stormed into the NHL, leading the Blackhawks in points his rookie season, going on to five very good seasons in over seven consecutive complete seasons of NHL work. He finished second in team scoring his sophomore season, three points behind his winger Gottselig, tying the team lead in playoff assists as Chicago went to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was again 2nd in team scoring his third and fourth NHL seasons, having an impressive 110 points to lead all Blackhawks over his first four seasons (topping even Gottselig who had 107 points over that span). In his fifth season the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup but Cook dropped back to sixth in team points and only had one goal in the playoffs. In his sixth year he bounced back to have a career year in points, tying Gottselig for third in team assists, finishing fourth in team points, a clear second fiddle to Morenz at center. He had five significant NHL seasons in over seven years of work, and two Stanley Cup Final runs, the first of which he was front and center and productive in.
Cook, at just 5'7" and 140 pounds, was small, even for that era, but
would always stand his ground against opponents
, the vast majority of whom were considerably bigger
Tom Cook began his professional hockey career at the age of 21, playing with the Tulsa Oilers in 1928-29. He played in 39 games, scoring 22 goals and 33 points. In 1929-30, Cook was elevated to the ranks of the NHL when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks. In 41 games, he contributed 14 goals and 30 points. The next season, Cook scored 29 points and helped the Blackhawks reach the Stanley Cup finals where they lost the championship to the Montreal Canadiens three-games-to-two.
During the next two years, Cook suited up for all 48 Chicago games, scoring 24 goals and 51 points. In 1933-34, the club again reached the championship round, this time coming out on top, stopping Detroit three-games-to-one.
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