Bill Cook
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Position Winger
Shot Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (0 m)
172 lb (78 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 9, 1896(1896-10-09),
Brantford, ON, CA
Died April 6 1986 (aged 89),
Pro Career 1921 – 1938
Hall of Fame, 1952

A very young Bill Cook in 1910. His juvenile team in the Kingston Church Athletic League included future NHL'er Flat Walsh. Bill is in the front row on the right.

William "Bill" Cook (born October 9, 1896 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada - d. April 6, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and Saskatoon Crescents in the Western Canada Hockey League.

Bill was part of the 'A Line' (named after the NYC subway line) with his brother Bun Cook and Frank Boucher. The line was also called the Bread Line, with references to Bill's brother, even though the 'bun' was short for 'bunny' (as in 'quick as a bunny'). The line scored every Ranger goal in the Stanley Cup finals in 1928, leading the team to its first Cup.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1952. In 1998, he was ranked number 44 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, making him the highest-ranked player to have played a majority of his career with the Rangers. Bill, along with his brother, is also enshrined in the International Hockey Hall of fame, located in his adopted home town of Kingston, Ontario.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1926-27 New York Rangers NHL 44 33 4 37 58 2 1 0 1 6
1927-28 New York Rangers NHL 43 18 6 24 42 9 2 3 5 26
1928-29 New York Rangers NHL 43 15 8 23 41 6 0 0 0 6
1929-30 New York Rangers NHL 44 29 30 59 56 4 0 1 1 11
1930-31 New York Rangers NHL 43 30 12 42 39 4 3 0 3 4
1931-32 New York Rangers NHL 48 34 14 48 33 7 3 3 6 2
1932-33 New York Rangers NHL 48 28 22 50 51 8 3 2 5 4
1933-34 New York Rangers NHL 48 13 13 26 21 2 0 0 0 2
1934-35 New York Rangers NHL 48 21 15 36 23 4 1 2 3 7
1935-36 New York Rangers NHL 44 7 10 17 16
1936-37 New York Rangers NHL 21 1 4 5 6
NHL Totals 474 229 138 367 386 46 13 11 24 68

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Arguably the most interesting NHL video of the 1930's. 1933 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 highlights of all periods of play including the Cup winning goal by Bill Cook in overtime. Foster Hewitt provides the play-by-play and interviews Conn Smythe, Dick Irvin, Busher Jackson, Charlie Conacher, King Clancy and Red Horner in the dressing room during the first intermission. Horner played with a broken right hand and shows Hewitt his cast and how he was able to grip his stick. Hewitt then interviews the Rangers in their dressing room in the second intermission.


Game 1 of the quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 1935, is remembered for its high level of physicality. In one sequence, an injured Earl Seibert is carried off the ice. Later, Nels Crutchfield of the Montreal Canadiens swings his stick into the head of Rangers captain Bill Cook. As a result, Cook collapses to the ice and a bench-clearing brawl ensues. Cook returns to the ice wearing a helmet and scores the game-winning goal in a 2-1 decision. Game 2 was tied 4-4 and the Rangers won the total goals series 6-5.

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