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Bertcorbeau

Bertram Orian "Pig Iron" Corbeau (February 9, 1894 in Penetanguishene, Ontario – September 21, 1942) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Hamilton Tigers, Toronto St. Pats, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a member of the first Stanley Cup-winning squad of the Montreal Canadiens in 1916. His brother Con Corbeau also played professional ice hockey.

Playing careerEdit

Corbeau played junior hockey for the Penetang Hockey Club in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1910 until 1912, when he moved up to the intermediate team.

Corbeau signed as a professional with the Halifax Crescents in 1913, playing one season before he signed with the Montreal Canadians in 1914. Corbeau would be a member of the Canadiens until October 1922 when he was traded to the Hamilton Tigers for cash. In December 1923 he became a member of the Toronto St. Pats as part of a trade. He stayed with the Toronto franchise and was one of the original Toronto Maple Leafs before being waived in October 1927.

He then played two seasons in the minor Canadian Professional Hockey League with the Toronto Ravinas and the London Panthers before retiring as a player.

He became an NHL referee and later coached. Corbeau coached the London Panthers in 1928-29 and the Atlantic City Sea Gulls from 1939-42.

Corbeau returned to Penetanguishine, where he lived and worked until his death.

Corbeau was the first player to play for both the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. In the 1926–27 season, he became the first player to record 100 minutes in penalties in one season.

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DeathEdit

Corbeau died as the result of a boating accident in Georgian Bay. During a party hosted by Corbeau aboard his boat, the boat struck a sand bar. Portholes on the sides of the boat were open and water entered the boat through them, sinking the boat within a matter of minutes. 25 of the 42 persons on boat died, including Corbeau.


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