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F. Roy "Minnie" McGiffin (1891–1917) was a professional ice hockey player. He played for the Toronto Blueshirts of the Canadian National Hockey Association (NHA) from 1912 to 1915. He was a member of the 1914 Stanley Cup championship Blueshirts team.

Playing career

Roy McGiffin played amateur hockey from age 15 with the Coldwater Hockey Club, moving from there to Toronto Simcoe, Toronto Amateur Athletic Club and back to Toronto Simcoe for 1909–10. He played the 1911–12 season for Cleveland of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, before turning professional with the Toronto Blueshirts in 1912–13. He played three seasons with the Blueshirts before retiring after the 1914–15 season.

In the 1914 Stanley Cup challenge of Victoria against the Blueshirts, McGiffin scored the game-winning goal of game two.[1] That season, he led the league in penalty fines of $116.[2]

In a 17 February 1915 regular season game against the Ottawa Senators, McGiffin became involved in a fight with Art Ross that ended with both players being arrested by Toronto police.[3] After spending the night in jail, both players were fined $1. McGiffin lost a coin toss with Ross and paid both fines.[4] The referee of the match Cooper Smeaton wanted McGiffin barred from the league, denouncing him as a rough player.[5]

After the 1914–15 season, he quit hockey for business and moved to Dinuba, California.[6] He had lived there previously for a year from 1910–11 after his junior hockey days. He died in 1917 in an airplane crash.


  1. Coleman(1966), pg. 264
  2. Ottawa Senators - 1914 History. Retrieved on 2008-06-03.
  3. "The Police Arrest McGiffin and Ross", The Globe, 1915-02-18, p. 9. 
  4. "M'Giffin Paid Fines for Both", The Globe, 1915-02-19, p. 10. 
  5. "Wants M'Giffin Barred", The Globe, 1915-02-19, p. 10. 
  6. "Wouldn't Play for Ottawa for $1,000 a week", The Toronto Star, 1915-12-20, p. 19. 
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League.