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Gordie Drillon
Gordiedrillon
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
186 lb (85 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (EHL)
Syracuse Stars (IAHL)
Valleyfield Braves (QPHL)
Saint John Beavers (MSHL)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 23, 1914,
Moncton, NB, CAN
Died September 22, 1986 (age 71),
Saint John, NB, CAN
Pro Career 1935 – 1950
Hall of Fame, 1975


Gordon Arthur "Gordie" Drillon (October 23, 1914 - September 22, 1986) was a Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. From 1936 through to 1942 he was part of one of the NHL's most prolific scoring lines as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won a Stanley Cup in 1941–1942.

Drillon played only seven seasons in the NHL, six of those with Toronto and one with the Montreal Canadiens. A left-winger noted for his deadly accurate shot, he created a specific style of play that made him a leading scorer. Drillon's strong frame made it difficult for opposing defencemen to clear him from the front of the net. Drillon was able to securely park himself in front of the opposing netminder to re-direct shots or pick up rebounds. This style of play would earn him a league scoring title in 1937–38 (the last one by a Toronto Maple Leaf). Future stars such as Phil Esposito, Dino Ciccarelli and Dave Andreychuk emulated his innovative style with great success.

Traded to the Montreal Canadiens for the 1943 season he finished second on the team in goals scored. At season's end, Drillon cut short his brilliant hockey career and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving for the remainder of World War II. After the war, he worked as a hockey coach and returned to his native New Brunswick where he was employed as a scout for the Maple Leafs, covering the Maritime Provinces. He eventually accepted a job with the New Brunswick civil service. In 1975, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Gordie Drillon died in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1986 and was interred there in the Ocean View Memorial Gardens cemetery.

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Preceded by
Sweeney Schriner
NHL Scoring Champion
1938
Succeeded by
Toe Blake
Preceded by
Marty Barry
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1938
Succeeded by
Clint Smith
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