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02-10-2012, 09:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
Hank Goldup, LW
Goldup seems to have an ok resume as a two-way player but also a fair resume as an offensive player too. Goldup has three 30-point seasons (one in 1945). Just two other pre-expansion players are still out there with three, and they are both making my taxi squad (just one with two 30+ point seasons remains, reg Sinclair, and he has been mentioned here). So Goldup stands out offensively among available players of his time, plus seems to have a bit of a two-way game and is a playmaking winger, which is rare.
- Stanley Cup (1942)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1940)
- Tied for playoff goal lead, 6th in points (1940)
- 10th in assists (1945)
- 17th in assists (1943)
- Three 30+ point seasons
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Hank Goldup was a talented left-winger who played over 200 NHL games in the 30s and 40s. He was a fine passer who regularly accumulated more assists than goals.
The native of Kingston, Ontario played junior with the local Dunlop Forts before moving to Toronto to compete for the North Vocational squad and the Marlboros. After scoring 18 goals in 16 games for the senior Toronto Goodyears in 1938-39, Goldup was ready for the pros.
The hard working winger split the 1939-40 season between the Maple Leafs and the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets. He then played two years with the big club and sometimes worked on a line with Nick Metz. He helped Toronto win the Stanley Cup in 1942 but few months later he was sent to the New York Rangers as part of the package for star defenceman Babe Pratt. Goldup was a fine two way player for three years on Manhattan and also spent the 1943-44 season with the Toronto Army Shamrocks. He played 3 1/2 years in the minors and the Quebec Senior League before retiring in 1949.
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The fact that Hank Goldup did not own his own pair of skates until he was 16 years old did not prevent him from achieving success in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers in the 1940s.
Conn Smythe first noticed Goldup as a 17 year old when he scored 29 goals in just 16 games in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Smythe signed him up and brought him to Toronto to continue his amateur career.
Goldup ended up playing at Northern Vocational school in Toronto along side Herbie Carnegie. Swivel Hips Carnegie was as fine a hockey player in the country at that time, but he would not be destined for the NHL due to his skin colour. Carnegie was the son of Jamaica immigrants. But in this season the two worked magic together, with Goldup averaging 2 goals per game.
Speedy Hank would move on to star with the Toronto Marlies, leading the entire OHA in scoring with 25 goals and 41 points in just 14 games.
Goldup finally signed a pro contract with Smythe's Leafs in 1939. He started the season with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets but finished the season in Toronto alongside fellow newcomer Pete Langelle and veteran winger Gus Marker.
Impressions of Goldup's first NHL games were mixed at best. He scored 6 goals in 21 games and newspaper reports at the time suggested he showed little interest in playing defensively. But by playoff time he was turning into a star, scoring 5 goals (including a couple of game winners) in 10 games, tying Syl Apps for the playoff scoring lead. Newspapers changed their tune, proclaiming "Hankus Pankus Goldup" as "the most consistently dangerous puck pusher" on the team. Another paper said Goldup "makes Houdini look like a rookie."
The New York Rangers would win the Stanley Cup in 1940, but Goldup had made his impression in the NHL. It was a good thing, too. He would never recapture that playoff magic in the next couple of seasons in Toronto, thanks in part to a nasty hip injury when he crashed into the immovable goal posts of the day. Still, he was a member of the Leafs amazing 1942 Stanley Cup championship team.
While the Leafs grew impatient with him, the Rangers remembered his previous exploits and gave him a chance. They traded future Hall of Famer Babe Pratt for Goldup and Red Garrett. Pratt would go on to greatness, while Goldup and Garrett went on to serve in World War II shortly thereafter. Only Goldup would return.
Goldup rejoined the Rangers in 1945 but only for a season and a half before being demoted to the minor leagues. His stay there was successful but short thanks to injuries suffered in a summer softball game. Torn ligaments all but ended his playing days in 1947.
Goldup retired and became a salesman for Molson Breweries and Andres Wines. Later he served as a sales executive for Victoriaville hockey sticks. He stayed involved with hockey by coaching youth, including his own son Glenn who would go onto his own NHL career in the 1970s.
Hank Goldup suffered a stroke in 2002 and for the final three years of his life he lived in a care facility, unable to communicate verbally. But legend has it when the Stanley Cup dropped by for a visit Goldup whispered the trophy's name.
"Those were the clearest two words I heard him speak in years," Glenn said.
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