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Born October 23, 1914(1914-10-23),
Moncton, NB, CAN
Died September 22, 1986 (aged 72),
St. John, NB, CAN
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing/left wing
Shot Right
Pro clubs Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (EHL)
Syracuse Stars (IAHL)
Valleyfield Braves (QPHL)
Saint John Beavers (MSHL)
Career 1935 โ€“ 1950
Hall of Fame, 1975

Gordon Arthur Drillon (October 23, 1914 - September 22, 1986) was a Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame ice hockey 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 1941โ€“1942.

Drillon played only seven seasons in the NHL, six of those with Toronto and one with the Montreal Canadiens. A 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 1937โ€“38. 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 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.


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1935โ€“36 Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets EHL 40 22 12 34 4 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
1936โ€“37 Syracuse Stars IAHL 5 2 3 5 0 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
1936โ€“37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 16 17 33 2 2 0 0 0 0
1937โ€“38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 26 26 52 4 7 7 1 8 2
1938โ€“39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 18 16 34 15 10 7 6 13 4
1939โ€“40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 21 19 40 13 10 3 1 4 0
1940โ€“41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 42 23 21 44 2 7 3 2 5 2
1941โ€“42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 23 18 41 6 9 2 3 5 2
1942โ€“43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 28 22 50 14 5 4 2 6 0
1944โ€“45 Valleyfield Braves QPHL 8 11 4 15 0 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
1949โ€“50 Saint John Beavers MSHL 69 48 24 72 40 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
NHL totals 311 155 139 294 56 50 25 15 41 10

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


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