Neil McNeil Colville (August 4, 1914 - December 26, 1987) was a professional player. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League with his brother Mac, winning the Stanley Cup in 1940.

  • Position: centre
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
  • Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)

Colville joined the Rangers' farm team in 1934 and quickly made his way to the pros by 1936, centreing the "Bread Line" with his brother and Alex Shibicky, where he played until World War II. During the war, he and his brother were stationed in Ottawa and played on the army's Ottawa Commandos team, winning the Allan Cup in 1942.

After the war, they both returned the Rangers, this time as defencemen, the first pairs of brothers to ever do so in the NHL. Neil was just as good at defence as he was on offense, becoming the first player to be named to All-Star Teams as both a forward and a defenceman.

He retired in 1949 and became the Rangers' youngest coach a year later, but he was forced to resign due to health problems halfway through his second season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967. He died in 1987.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

1929–30Edmonton EnarcosEJrHL12101
1930–31Edmonton CanadiansEJrHL132028
1931–32Edmonton PoolersEJrHL11731042130
1931–32Edmonton PoolersM-Cup52022
1932–33Edmonton Athletic ClubEJrHL111030002
1933–34Edmonton Athletic ClubEJrHL9144181324265
1933–34Edmonton Athletic ClubM-Cup12156214
1934–35New York CrescentsEAHL2124113516884122
1935–36New York RangersNHL10000
1935–36Philadelphia RamblersCan-Am35151631840220
1936–37New York RangersNHL451018283393360
1937–38New York RangersNHL451719361130110
1938–39New York RangersNHL471819371270222
1939–40New York RangersNHL48191938221227918
1940–41New York RangersNHL481428422831120
1941–42New York RangersNHL48825333760556
1942–43Ottawa CommandosQSHL2212304232
1942–43Ottawa ArmyOCHL121112236
1942–43Ottawa CommandosAl-Cup1214142817
1944–45New York RangersNHL40112
1944–45Winnipeg RCAFWNDHL65494
1944–45Ottawa CommandosQSHL20000
1944–45Quebec AcesQSHL5123072574
1944–45Quebec AcesAl-Cup30330
1945–46New York RangersNHL4954925
1946–47New York RangersNHL604162016
1947–48New York RangersNHL55412162561016
1948–49New York RangersNHL140552
1948–49New Haven RamblersAHL110338
1949–50New Haven RamblersAHL1734713
NHL Totals46499166265213467192632

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Ott Heller
New York Rangers Captains
Succeeded by
Buddy O'Connor
New York Rangers Head Coaches
Patrick • Boucher • L. Patrick • Colville • Cook • M. Patrick • Watson • Pike • Harvey • M. Patrick • Sullivan • Francis • Geoffrion • Francis • Popein • Francis • Stewart • Ferguson • Talbot • Shero • C. Patrick • Brooks • C. Patrick • Sator • Webster • Esposito • Bergeron • Esposito • Neilson • Smith • Keenan • Campbell • Muckler • Tortorella • Low • Trottier • Sather • Renney • Tortorella • Vigneault • Quinn

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