Herbert James "Herb" Cain (December 24, 1912, in Newmarket, Ontario - February 23, 1982 in Newmarket, Ontario) was a Canadian professional left winger who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Maroons, Montreal Canadiens, and Boston Bruins.

Playing CareerEdit

Herbert Cain grew up in Newmarket and played junior hockey for the Newmarket Redmen and the Hamilton Tigers of the OHA. His NHL career started when he joined the Montreal Maroons of the NHL in the 1933–34 season. He split that season between the Maroons and the Hamilton Tigers of the OHA. In 1934–35 Cain briefly played for the Windsor Bulldogs of the IHL. With the exception of a one game stint with the Hershey Bears in 1940–41, he would remain in the NHL for the next 11 seasons.

As a member of the Montreal Maroons, Cain played on a line with Gus Marker and Bob Gracie. They were dubbed the "Green Line" and their combined offensive prowess led Montreal to their second Stanley Cup Championship in 1934–35. Cain was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in the fall of 1938. After one season in Montreal, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Charlie Sands and Ray Getliffe.

Cain had his most productive years years in Boston. Playing on a line with future Hall of Fame inductee Bill Cowley, he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 1940–41. Cain went on to win the NHL scoring title in 1943–44 with 82 points. His total set a record for points in a season which stood until Gordie Howe scored 86 in 1950–51. Despite criticism that the war-depleted league had led to a freak season - his mark was more than double his previous season high - Cain was selected as a Second Team All-Star at left wing and was runner up to Clint Smith of the Chicago Black Hawks for the Lady Byng Trophy.

The following season, he scored 32 goals for Boston, but fell well short of his previous point mark, and in the season thereafter (in which players serving in the military returned to the NHL) his totals plummeted further. In 1946–47 Cain was sent to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and he went on to help the Bears win the first Calder Cup, the first in franchise history. Cain ended his professional career in 1949–50 as a member of the Hershey Bears.

Cain remains the only eligible former NHL scoring champion not inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was the last active player in the NHL to have ever played for the Montreal Maroons.

In total, Cain played 571 NHL regular season games.

Cain's older brother Jack Cain played professional hockey in the AHL for the New Haven Eagles and the Hershey Bears. His cousin Jim "Dutch" Cain also played in the NHL.

Awards & AchievementsEdit


1943–44 - Set NHL record for most points in a season with 82.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1932–33Hamilton TigersOHASr0145190
1933–34Montreal MaroonsNHL314591440000
1933–34Hamilton TigersOHASr
1935–36Montreal MaroonsNHL44207271371012
1935–36Montreal MaroonsNHL47513181630110
1936–37Montreal MaroonsNHL431317301851120
1937–38Montreal MaroonsNHL4711193010
1938–39Montreal CanadiensNHL451314272630002
1939–40Boston BruinsNHL482110313061342
1940–41Hershey BearsAHL11010
1940–41Boston BruinsNHL40810186113255
1941–42Boston BruinsNHL3581018251010
1942–43Boston BruinsNHL451818361974260
1943–44Boston BruinsNHL483646824
1944–45Boston BruinsNHL503213451675270
1945–46Boston BruinsNHL48171229490222
1946–47Hershey BearsAHL5936306619
1947–48Hershey BearsAHL4919193825
1948–49Hershey BearsAHL49253560101146106
1949–50Hershey BearsAHL411214268
NHL Totals 571 206 194 400 178 67 16 13 29 13


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Preceded by
Doug Bentley
NHL Scoring Champion
Succeeded by
Elmer Lach
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