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Frank McCool

Francis "Frank" McCool (October 27, 1918 – May 20, 1973) was a Canadian professional goaltender who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. He was born in Calgary, Alberta.

He played junior hockey with the Calgary Canadians in 1936-37 and 1937-38 and played three seasons with Gonzaga University from 1939-42. After that McCool played with Calgary Currie Army in the 1942-43 Alberta Senior Playoffs.

He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1944-45 and won the Calder Trophy. He won one Stanley Cup in his career. He retired after just two years because of severe peptic ulcers. In 1945, McCool became the first goaltender in NHL history to record an assist of a goal.

He suffered from ulcers during his career, and it was confirmed that ulcer played a part in his death on May 20, 1973.

In the 1945 Stanley Cup playoffs, McCool had three consecutive shutouts to start the Finals series against the Detroit Red Wings, setting a playoff record that still stands.


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Preceded by
August 'Gus' Bodnar
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Edgar Laprade
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