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12-02-2012, 09:10 PM
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D, Frank Mathers

(#3 in the center with 1955 AHL Champion Pittsburgh Hornets)

x5 AHL 1st AST (1952-1956)
x1 AHL 2nd AST (1958)

x4 Calder Cup winner (1952, 1955, 1958-1959)

Charter member of AHL Hall of Fame
Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder
Recipient of Lester Patrick Trophy (commitment to hockey in US)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
On the ice Mathers became one of the AHL's all-time great defencemen, being voted to the all-star team on five consecutive occasions during the late 1950s. After he took on the dual role of player/coach the team won three Calder Cups. His greatest asset was remaining calm but still pushing players to reach their potential individually or as a team. He retired as a player in 1962 and turned his full attention to coaching. When he left the game, Mathers stood as the all-time assist and point-scoring leader among AHL defencemen.
Originally Posted by AHL Hall of Fame
Mathers soon turned his attention to hockey, and beginning in 1948, after three years in the Quebec senior circuit, he spent eight seasons patrolling the blue line for the AHL’s Pittsburgh Hornets, establishing himself as one of the best defensemen in the league. He was named a First Team AHL All-Star five straight years, the only player in AHL history ever to accomplish that feat, and he helped the Hornets to Calder Cup championships in 1952 and 1955. Mathers would also participate in all six of the AHL All-Star Games held in the 1950’s, five as a player.

When the Hornets folded after the 1955-56 season, Mathers nearly retired to pursue a career in dentistry. But legend has it that Hershey Bears president and general manager John Sollenberger persuaded Mathers in unique Hershey fashion to join his team as a player/coach: by taking him on a few roller-coaster rides at Hersheypark.

Mathers’ arrival immediately changed the fortunes of the Bears franchise. Coming off consecutive fifth-place finishes, Hershey qualified for the playoffs in 1957 and won back-to-back Calder Cup titles in 1958 and 1959. Mathers retired from playing during the 1961-62 season, but continued as the Bears’ head coach through 1973, capturing another Calder Cup in 1969 – the fifth of his career.

Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe
Finished among defencemen in points:
1947/48 QSHL: 1st (tie)
1951/52 AHL: 2nd
1952/53 AHL: 5th
1953/54 AHL: 4th
1954/55 AHL: 6th
1955/56 AHL: 1st
1957/58 AHL: 8th
Quote and comment from Iain Fyffe
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12/4/1952
The Hornets ended the Syracuse jinx at The Gardens last night, but it was somewhat of an individual triumph for Frank Mathers, speedy defenceman, who handed them a 2-1 victory in a “sudden death” overtime period. Mathers...scored both goals...
Although a LHS, the quote above comes from a game report that listed the starting blueliners as LD and RD. Mathers was listed as RD, which demonstrates an ability to play on his off-side.

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