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Art Ross
Arossens
Position Defenceman
Teams Montreal Wanderers
Ottawa Senators
Haileybury Comets
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born January 13, 1886,
Naughton, ON, CAN
Died August 5,1964 (age 78),
Medford, MASS, USA
Pro Career 1905 – 1918
Hall of Fame, 1945

Arthur Howey "Art" Ross (January 13, 1886 – August 5, 1964) was a Canadian executive and defenceman in the National Hockey League and its predecessor, the National Hockey Association.

Born in Naughton, Ontario, Ross grew up in Montreal where he played junior hockey. In 1905, he joined the Brandon Elks in Manitoba and in 1907 won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Kenora Thistles. For the next season, he returned to Montreal to play for the Montreal Wanderers and again won the Stanley Cup with his new team in 1908. Ross played in the National Hockey Association in 1910 as a member of the Haileybury Comets. He returned to the Wanderers for the next four seasons, then played for the Ottawa Senators in 1914–15 and 1915–16 before returning to the Wanderers to finish his career. When the Wanderers joined the newly-created NHL for the inaugural 1917–18 season, Ross only played three games before a fire destroyed the Wanderers' arena, forcing the team to fold.

He was a fearless and rugged defenceman and never shied away from a fight. One of his most legendary was with Minnie McGiffen of the Toronto Blueshirts in which both players were arrested for assault and referee Cooper Smeaton almost got arrested.

He was also a fighter for players' rights. In 1910, he opposed the NHA's imposition of a salary cap of $5,000 per team. He did the same thing in 1915 and was banned from the NHA. The league's owners, though, thought that they had acted too harshly and reinstated Ross.

Following his playing career, Ross became an NHL referee and then coached the Hamilton Tigers for the 1922–23 season. He could not get the Tigers out of the cellar, and was let go. When the NHL placed a team in Boston for the 1924–25 NHL season, the new team's owner, Charles Adams, hired Ross as vice president, general manager and head coach. Adams told Ross that the new team's nickname must portray an untamed animal displaying speed, agility, and cunning. Ross' choice was "Bruins," after the brown bear. He served as the Bruins' general manager until 1954, helping lead the team to Stanley Cups in 1929, 1939, and 1941. He also coached the Bruins on four separate occasions from 1924 to 1945—including the 1939, 1941 Cup-winning teams—and is still the winningest coach in Bruins history.

He had a habit of insulting other governors. In 1936–37, he chose Red Dutton of the New York Americans as his target. Dutton held his anger until James Norris of Detroit interceded to make peace. Unfortunately, Ross was throwing a punch and Norris took it. Dutton then proceeded to pummel Ross until Ross had a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone and had lost some teeth.

Ross was one of the first 12 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945, as a player. Ross is credited as being the first to promote the use of hockey pucks made of synthetic rubber instead of natural rubber, which provide for more consistent play. He also invented the modern B-shaped goal which cuts down on dangerous rebounds coming out of the net. He donated the Art Ross Trophy to the NHL.

He died in Medford, Massachusetts, aged 78.

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Preceded by
Richard 'Dickie' Boon
Head Coaches of the Montreal Wanderers
1913–1914
Succeeded by
Richard 'Dickie' Boon
Preceded by
Richard 'Dickie' Boon
Head Coaches of the Montreal Wanderers
1917–1918
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Percy Thompson
Head Coaches of the Hamilton Tigers
1922–1923
Succeeded by
Percy LeSueur
Preceded by
first general manager
Boston Bruins General Managers
1924-1954
Succeeded by
Lynn Patrick
Preceded by
none
Head Coaches of the Boston Bruins
1924–1928
Succeeded by
Cy Denneny
Preceded by
Cy Denneny
Head Coaches of the Boston Bruins
1929–1934
Succeeded by
Frank Patrick
Preceded by
Frank Patrick
Head Coaches of the Boston Bruins
1936–1939
Succeeded by
Cooney Weiland
Preceded by
Cooney Weiland
Head Coaches of the Boston Bruins
1941–1945
Succeeded by
Dit Clapper
Boston Bruins Head Coaches
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