Cecil Hart

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Cecil Hart (November 28, 1883 – July 16, 1940) was a head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

Hart was Jewish, a direct descendant of Aaron Hart who was Canada's first Jewish settler,[1] and was born in Bedford, Quebec.

Hart helped lead the team to three Stanley Cups, in 1924, 1930, and 1931. He was fired after a dispute with Canadiens' owner Léo Dandurand after leading the Canadiens to first place in the 1931–32 season, but after Dandurand and Joseph Cattarinich sold the Canadiens to Ernest Savard and Maurice Forget of the Canadian Arena Company, the Canadiens hit bottom in 1935–36.

To rebuild the team, they rehired Hart in 1936–37, but Hart would only come back if Howie Morenz did. A deal was arranged and with Morenz back, and despite the death of Morenz during the season, Hart managed to lead the Canadiens to first place. After that, the team eroded as age caught up with some key players. When the Canadiens were reclining near the cellar in 1938–39, Cecil resigned as coach and manager.[2]

Hart later became vice president and treasurer of the Quebec,Ontario and Vermont Baseball League also before his untimely death..

Hart died after a lengthy illness in July 1940. Hart's father, David Hart, donated the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1923. Hart was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
Montreal Maroons 1924–25 19 8 9 2 18 (Fired)
Montreal Canadiens 1926–27 44 28 14 2 58 2nd in Canadian Lost in Semi-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1927–28 44 26 11 7 59 1st in Canadian Lost in Semi-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1928–29 44 22 7 15 59 1st in Canadian Lost in Semi-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1929–30 44 21 14 9 51 2nd in Canadian Won Stanley Cup
Montreal Canadiens 1930–31 44 26 10 8 60 1st in Canadian Won Stanley Cup
Montreal Canadiens 1931–32 48 25 16 7 57 1st in Canadian Lost in Semi-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1936–37 48 24 18 6 54 1st in Canadian Lost in Semi-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1937–38 48 18 17 13 49 3rd in Canadian Lost in Quarter-Finals
Montreal Canadiens 1938–39 30 6 18 6 (18) 6th in NHL (Fired)
NHL Total 413 204 134 73

References

  1. ^ "Jews In Sports". jewsinsports.org.
  2. ^ "Cecil Hart - Bio, pictures, stats and more - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". canadiens.com.
Preceded by
Position created
Head coach of the Montreal Maroons
1924–25
Succeeded by
Eddie Gerard
Preceded by
Leo Dandurand
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
192632
Succeeded by
Newsy Lalonde
Preceded by
Sylvio Mantha
Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens
193639
Succeeded by
Jules Dugal
Preceded by
Ernest Savard
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens
193639
Succeeded by
Jules Dugal
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