Levinsky, Alex "Mein Boy"
In the 1930s, this All-Star NHL defenseman won two Stanley Cups; one with Toronto, and another with Chicago. He also played for the New York Rangers.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Feb. 2, 1910 - d. Sept. 1990
In 1931, Levinsky signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. The defenseman joined the team late in the 1930-31 season and appeared in 8 games, but Toronto, with a regular season record of 22-13-9, lost in the playoffs. The following year, Alex played in 47 games and scored 10 points for the Maple Leafs, who finished with a record of 23-18-7 (the 23 wins was a team record), and reached the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Maroons. In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Leafs defeated the New York Rangers in the first game of the series 6-4. The second game was forced out of Madison Square Garden because the circus was in town, so it was played in Boston and Toronto won the game 6-2. The Maple Leafs completed the sweep at home, winning Game 3 by a score of 6-4. It was the city of Toronto's first Stanley Cup in ten years and the first won by the Maple Leafs! Alex played in every playoff game, but did not score.
In 1932-33, the Maple Leafs again set the franchise record for wins, with a record of 24-18-6. That year also saw the start of national Maple Leaf broadcasts from Maple Leafs Garden to a network of 20 radio stations. Alex played in all 48 regular season games and registered five points and 61 penalty minutes. In a March, 1933, game against Detroit, Alex even played goalie when Toronto's goaltender was penalized and sent off the ice. Levinsky played one minute in goal and allowed one goal in Toronto's 6-2 loss. The Maple Leafs reached the Stanley Cup Finals by defeating the Boston Bruins in a six-overtime game in Game 5 of the semifinals, the longest game to date in NHL history! Although the game with the Bruins ended at 1:50 am on April 4, the Leafs played that night in the opening game of the Finals. They eventually lost to the Rangers in four games.
The following year, Levinsky had his best season in the NHL, scoring 5 goals and 11 assists (both career highs) in 47 games. Alex played in the 1934 NHL All-Star Game; and that season the Leafs (26-13-9, first in the division) lost in the semifinals of the playoffs. Despite having a great year, Levinksy was traded to the New York Rangers immediately following the 1934 season. He began the 1934-35 season with the Rangers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks midway through the year. He spent the next four seasons with the Blackhawks and was a member of their Stanley Cup winning team in 1937-38. Levinsky remained a solid defenseman over those years. His last year in the NHL was 1938-39; and he retired from hockey in 1940, having played in 368 career NHL games. Alex also played in 37 playoff games and scored 2 goals and 1 assist, with 26 penalty minutes.
Syracuse, New York
Levinsky played defense in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1930-1934; with the New York Rangers during the 1934-35 season and was traded by the Rangers to Chicago on January, 16 1935. Levinsky played for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1935-1939.
5'10", 184 pounds
In the NHL:
Penalty minutes: 307
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