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John Sorrell (January 16, 1906 in Chesterville, Ontario – November 30, 1984) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger in the NHL playing for the Detroit Falcons (later renamed the Detroit Red Wings) and the New York Americans. He later played for and coached the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL.

Playing Career[]

In 1926 he was a young left winger for the Chesterville Colts of the Ottawa District Hockey Association. He was signed by the Montreal Canadiens and in 1927 played forty games for the Quebec Beavers of the CAHL. The following year he played for the Windsor Bulldogs of the Canadian Professional Hockey League. In 1929 he was sold by the Canadiens to the London Panthers of the International Hockey League.

On November 10, 1930 he was traded to the Detroit Falcons, and finally found a place to call home for more than a single season. He would spend the next nine years with the Detroit club helping the team to win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1936 and 1937.

On February 13, 1938, Sorrell was traded for Hap Emms to the New York Americans where he would spend the rest of his NHL career. He retired from the league in the 1940–41 season, spending his remaining playing days in the AHL with both the Hershey Bears and Indianapolis Capitals, turning to coaching with the latter team. Sorrell retired from playing in 1945.

He coached the Capitals from 1943–46 and was coach of the Indianapolis Chiefs of the International Hockey League in 1955-56.

Awards & Achievements[]

  • Won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1936 & 1937)


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