Sweeney Schriner

David "Sweeney" Schriner (November 30, 1911 - July 4, 1990) was one of the first Russian-born players to play in the NHL and helped lead some of the most potent forward lines for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s. Schriner and his family emigrated from Russia to Calgary when David was an infant and he learned hockey on the frozen ponds and local rinks around the city. His passion for baseball was evident early as he modeled his game after his idol Bob Sweeney, earning the nickname L'il Sweeney. The young left-winger developed his scoring touch with the Calgary Canadiens, Calgary Bronks and then the Syracuse Star of the International Hockey League before joining the New York Americans in 1934. In New York, Schriner played alongside two thirds of the Montreal Maroons’ famed "S-Line" of Nels Stewart and Hooley Smith. (The last "S" whom Schriner did not play with was Babe Siebert.) Though he was consistently among the league leaders in goals, assists and points, even leading in points twice, Sweeney and the Rangers failed to make the Stanley Cup Finals during his five years in the Big Apple (1934-1939). He was, however, named an NHL All-Star First Team selection in 1935-36 and Second Team honoree in 1936-37. In 1939, Schriner was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (1939-1943, 1944-1946) for an unprecedented five players including Hall of Fame left wing Busher Jackson. He earned his second NHL All-Star First Team selection in 1940-41 and led the Leafs to the Stanley Cup Finals the next year. Facing the Detroit Red Wings and trailing three games to none, the Maple Leafs mounted a comeback to tie the series and force a Game 7. Ultimately, Schriner scored the game-tying and game- and series-winning goals making Toronto the first team in NHL history to come back from a three game deficit to win the Stanley Cup. Sweeney helped Toronto win another Stanley Cup in 1946 before retiring from the NHL at the season’s end. He went on to play one more season with the Regina Capitals (1948-49) where he finished second in scoring in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League as he led them to the league championship. The wily left wing retired having scored 201 goals and 204 assists for 405 points in 484 games in the NHL. He also tallied 95 goals and 54 assists in the CCJHL, ASHL, IHL and WCSHL throughout North America. Sweeney Schriner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.?