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02-20-2013, 10:32 AM
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Hedberg
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Hershey drafts HHOF center Cooney Weiland, the 1935 2nd team NHL all-star his second year centering the top line with Lewis and Aurie in Detroit, finishing 6th and 7th in NHL assists in his first and second year with the same duo, leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals his first year there, contributing four points in the playoffs, his linemate Aurie leading with 7 assists and 10 points in the cup run. Before arriving in Motown, Weiland was a star player in Boston. He scored a couple of crucial goals for the Bruins in their 1929 Stanley Cup championship then the next year led all skaters in the NHL in goals and points (and third in assists), following that up by leading the Bruins in assists with 5 in the postseason and tied for the team lead in points as they went to the Stanley Cup Finals. The next year he again led the Bruins in scoring, finishing 4th in NHL goals and easily led the Bruins in the playoffs with 6 goals and 9 points in 5 games, the next nearest Bruin scoring a mere 2 goals. After a couple of years in Detroit he returned to Boston as a 31 year old where he tied the team lead in regular season goals, 2nd in team points, on a by-then struggling Boston club. He was top-10 in NHL points over a 9-year stretch. He retired after 11 NHL seasons, finishing off his career in a limited role on the 1939 championship Bruins squad. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.



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Originally Posted by Eddie Shore and That Old-Time Hockey, Michael C. Hiam
Weiland was a giant in action, if not in size, using his extra-long hockey stick to poke or hook the puck away from other players. "Little" Cooney Weiland was not only a defensive wonder, but shifty on the attack
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Originally Posted by Daily Boston Globe - Mar 9, 1937
Cooney Weiland has regained his old Dynamite-Line form and is the best defensive center in the league...


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Originally Posted by NHL Stars Card Series A No.27
...an aggressive player. Knows his hockey and packs a wicked shot
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Originally Posted by Hartford Courant - Feb 3, 1929
Cooney has proved to be one of the best defensive players in the league. He is so good on defense that they have made him a spare, available to scoot out on the ice and up the Bruin's defense when the team is short one or more. Weiland's poke checking has held off many an opposition scoring threat


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Originally Posted by Daily Boston Globe - Mar 19, 1929
Cooney Weiland the other center player is proficient in breaking up plays as well as dangerous on the attack
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Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Oct 26, 1937
Cooney Weiland foiled many Maroon leads with his tricky footwork and poke check, besides heading many attacks on his own account.
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Originally Posted by Legendary NHL Coaches: Stars of Hockey's Golden Age by Glenn Wilkins
Weiland made his name as a penalty killing specialist who could also find the back of the net.


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Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Oct 26, 1937
Weiland, the master of the poke and hook check, has been elected captain of the Boston Bruins

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