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Born March 11, 1890(1890-03-11),
Montreal, QC, CAN
Died July 20, 1956 (aged 66),
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Pro clubs NHA
Renfrew Hockey Club
Montreal Wanderers
NHL
Ottawa Senators
Toronto St. Patricks
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
CAHL
Newark Bulldogs
Career 1909 – 1929
Hall of Fame, 1958

Sprague Horace "Peg" Cleghorn, (March 11, 1890 – July 12, 1956), was a Canadian professional hockey player from Westmount who played for the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Renfrew Creamery Kings and Toronto St. Patricks in the National Hockey Association and National Hockey League from 1911 until 1929.

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Playing career

Born in the upscale Westmount area of Montreal, Cleghorn had a hall of fame career but was regarded as one of the dirtiest players of his era. He played on Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1920, 1921 and 1924.

In 1909–10, Cleghorn began his career with the New York Wanderers, becoming a professional with Renfrew of the National Hockey Association (NHA) the next season. He then played for the Montreal Wanderers for six seasons. In the NHL, he played defence for the Ottawa Senators from 1918 to 1920. In an attempt at league parity, the NHL transferred him to the Hamilton Tigers in December 1920, but Cleghorn refused to report. The Senators asked that he be allowed to return to their team. George Kennedy, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, threatened to have Ottawa thrown out of the league. Cleghorn eventually signed with Toronto, but was released in March after the St. Pats lost their play-off and he signed with Ottawa during the playoffs in time to be a member of the 1921 Stanley Cup-winning team.

The league transferred Cleghorn to Hamilton in 1921, and again he refused to go. Just before the start of the 1921–22 NHL season, Sprague was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Harry Mummery and Amos Arbour. He played four seasons in Montreal and after the 1924–25 NHL season, was purchased by the Boston Bruins for $5,000. Sprague played his final three seasons in the NHL with Boston (1925 to 1928). He then moved to the minor-league Newark Bulldogs (1928–29) as a player-coach. Later, he coached the CAHL Providence Reds (1930–31) and NHL Montreal Maroons (1931–32). He later coached the Pittsburgh Shamrocks of the International Hockey League (1935–36) and the Cornwall Cougars of the Quebec league (1947–48).

Even in an era of rough play, Cleghorn was notorious for being among the dirtiest of the lot, and ranked amongst the league leaders in penalty minutes for nine of the first ten seasons of the NHL's history. In 1923, Cleghorn hit Ottawa Senators player Lionel Hitchman in the head with his stick. Charged with aggravated assault, Cleghorn was found guilty and fined $50.

Cleghorn was hit by a car in early June 1956, and died of his injuries at Montreal's St. Luc Hospital on July 12, 1956. His funeral was July 14, 1956 and he was buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. Cleghorn's brother, Odie Cleghorn, was found dead in his bed just hours before the funeral, as a result of heart failure, perhaps induced by the stress of the loss of his brother.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1910–11 Renfrew Creamery Kings NHA 12 5 0 5 27
1911–12 Montreal Wanderers NHA 18 9 0 9 40
1912–13 Montreal Wanderers NHA 19 12 0 12 46
1913–14 Montreal Wanderers NHA 20 12 8 20 17
1914–15 Montreal Wanderers NHA 19 21 12 33 51 2 0 0 0 17
1915–16 Montreal Wanderers NHA 8 9 4 13 22
1916–17 Montreal Wanderers NHA 19 16 9 25 62
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 6 6 12 27
1919–20 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 16 5 21 62
1920–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 2 1 3 9
1920–21 Toronto St. Patricks NHL 13 3 4 7 26 1 0 0 0 0
1920–21 Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup 5 1 2 3 36
1921–22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 17 7 24 63
1922–23 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 9 4 13 34
1923–24 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 8 3 11 39
1924–25 Montreal Canadiens NHL 27 8 1 9 82
1925–26 Boston Bruins NHL 28 6 5 11 49
1926–27 Boston Bruins NHL 44 7 1 8 84
1927–28 Boston Bruins NHL 26 2 2 4 14
1927–28 Newark Bulldogs CAHL 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 251 84 39 123 489

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Preceded by
Newsy Lalonde
Montreal Canadiens captains
192225
Succeeded by
Billy Coutu
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