THE JIM HAY FILE:
Born: May 15, 1931
NHL games played: 75 (all with Red Wings)
1954-55 stats: 21 GP; G: 0; A: 1; 20 PIM
CAREER: GP: 75; G: 1; A: 5; PIM: 22
Jim Hay played junior hockey across the Detroit River for the Windsor Spitfires, back when the league was called the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).
Even though his NHL career spanned just 75 games, Hay was around long enough to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1955 with the Red Wings.
It was in the minor leagues where the defenseman made his, ahem, hay.
Jim Hay played 1,289 games in the minor leagues, and didn’t stop playing professional hockey until he was 40 years old. His last game played was for the Eastern Hockey League’s Jersey Devils, who he coached for one season after retiring (1972-73). Hay was a member of the 1964-65 Portland Buckaroos, who won the Western Hockey League Championship.
NEXT WEEK: Defenseman Larry Hillman, who was half of one of the many brother combos to play in the NHL, and who played for 15 teams in his 22-year pro career.