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Born February 9, 1907,
Newmarket, ON, CAN
Died January 20, 1978 (aged 70),
Newmarket, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Right wing
Shot Right
Pro clubs Boston Bruins
Career 1927 – 1947
Hall of Fame, 1947

Aubrey Victor "Dit" Clapper (February 9, 1907 in Newmarket, Ontario – January 20, 1978[1] in Newmarket, Ontario) was a Canadian Hall of Fame ice hockey player.

Clapper was given the nickname "Dit" at an early age when he would lisp his name "Vic." It came out "Dit." The name stuck.

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Athletic career

As a member of the Boston Bruins, he became the first player to play in the National Hockey League for twenty seasons. He was a great player both as a forward and defenceman, being named to All-Star squads at both right wing and on defence.

A lifelong member of the Bruins, in 1947 the team retired his number 5 sweater and the Hall of Fame selection committee waived the customary three-year waiting period, and immediately inducted him into the Hockey Hall of Fame upon the night of his retirement. He was the only active player to be inducted into the Hall.[2] His used jersey from that night's game was donated to the Hall of Fame by Clapper himself during an on-ice presentation that night announcing his retirement and induction into the Hall. The jersey is currently on display in the International Hockey Hall of Fame's museum in Kingston, Ontario. Until he was named as coach, he had served as team captain for longer than any NHL player until Ray Bourque and Steve Yzerman.

Coaching

Clapper coached the Bruins for two seasons as a player-coach and for two more seasons after his retirement. He became the first player in NHL history to play for 20 seasons, and the last active player that played during the 1920s.

He is mentioned in the hockey cult movie Slap Shot with Toe Blake, and Eddie Shore as prime examples of old time hockey - the way hockey is supposed to be played.

Retired NHL defenceman Greg Theberge is Dit's grandson.

Clapper died of complications from a stroke January 20, 1978. He is buried in Trent Valley Cemetery, Hastings, Ontario.

In 1998, he was ranked number 41 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1926–27 Boston Tigers CAHL 29 6 1 7 57
1927–28 Boston Bruins NHL 31 4 1 5 20 2 0 0 0 2
1928–29 Boston Bruins NHL 40 9 2 11 48 5 1 0 1 0
1929–30 Boston Bruins NHL 44 41 20 61 48 6 4 0 4 4
1930–31 Boston Bruins NHL 43 22 8 30 50 5 2 4 6 4
1931–32 Boston Bruins NHL 48 17 22 39 21
1932–33 Boston Bruins NHL 48 14 14 28 42 5 1 1 2 2
1933–34 Boston Bruins NHL 48 10 12 22 6
1934–35 Boston Bruins NHL 48 21 16 37 21 3 1 0 1 0
1935–36 Boston Bruins NHL 44 12 13 25 14 2 0 1 1 0
1936–37 Boston Bruins NHL 48 17 8 25 25 3 2 0 2 5
1937–38 Boston Bruins NHL 46 6 9 15 24 3 0 0 0 12
1938–39 Boston Bruins NHL 42 13 13 26 22 11 0 1 1 6
1939–40 Boston Bruins NHL 44 10 18 28 25 6 0 2 2 2
1940–41 Boston Bruins NHL 48 8 18 26 24 11 0 5 5 4
1941–42 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 12 15 31
1942–43 Boston Bruins NHL 38 5 18 23 12 9 2 3 5 9
1943–44 Boston Bruins NHL 50 6 25 31 13
1944–45 Boston Bruins NHL 46 8 14 22 16 7 0 0 0 0
1945–46 Boston Bruins NHL 30 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 0 0
1946–47 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 824 228 246 474 462 82 13 17 30 50

References

  1. ^ Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler, Who's Who in Hockey, p 69, 2003, Andrews McMeel Publishing
  2. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.25, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9

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Preceded by
George Owen
Boston Bruins captains
193238
Succeeded by
Cooney Weiland
Preceded by
Cooney Weiland
Boston Bruins captains
193946
Succeeded by
John Crawford
Preceded by
Art Ross
Head coaches of the Boston Bruins
194549
Succeeded by
George Boucher
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