Pat McReavy:
Three Time Champion

Pat McReavy enjoyed a long hockey career which brought him three championships, the Stanley Cup, the Allan Cup and a World Hockey Title


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There have been some Owen Sound hockey players who have been on Stanley Cup championship teams and there are several more who played on an Allan Cup champion.  But one Owen Sounder, Pat McReavy, did not just play on Stanley Cup and Allan Cup champion hockey teams, he has also been a member of a Canadian World Hockey Championship team!

McReavy was born in Owen Sound. He honed his hockey skills playing minor hockey in this city with the St. Mary’s school hockey team. Like most youngsters in Owen Sound at that time, Teddy Graham, Butch Keeling and Jack Markle were his heroes. Little did he realize at that time that he would be the idol of young hockey players in his hometown!

In 1935 he left his home town to begin a hockey career which would take him to the very pinnacles of the sport that he loved so much. That year he attended St. Michael’s School in Toronto, playing hockey for their Junior “B” Buzzers. The next season he moved north to play hockey and work in Copper Cliff, Ontario.  

Pat McReavy: World Champ!

The next season, 1937-38, was like a “dream come true” for the young Owen Sound hockey player. It began in Sudbury where he had signed to play for the Wolves in the NOHA and ended on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Czechoslovakia. McReavy remembers the World Championships as “terrific experience”. The tournament was played in an “open air” ice surface and one day the games had to be canceled because there had been a snow storm and the ice surface could not be kept cleared. From the start of the tournament there was little doubt that Canada would win. Ironically, their closest competitors were the British, who had many Canadians playing on their team.  

Once the championships concluded, McReavy’s team played in Germany and Vienna Austria. The evening of the game in Austria, Hitler took over that country. While they were in Germany, the Canadians witnessed a military parade in Munich and Pat remembers that “it took a half a day to go by”. The Canadian team was scheduled to play in England for a month, but the sense that war was imminent caused many of the older players on the team to want to go back to Canada.  

Next Stop: The Stanley Cup

After winning the World Hockey Championships, McReavy returned home and signed a C-form with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. Pat split the next two seasons, 1938-39 and 1939-40, playing with the Bruins and in their minor league system. He started the 1940-41 season with Hershey Bears, but he was called up to Boston and played in the Stanley Cup play-offs. After two hard-fought series against first, the Toronto Maple Leafs and then, in the finals, the Detroit Red Wings, the Boston Bruins were crowned Stanley Cup Champions.  

The Bruins were a great team featuring players such as Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, Bobby Bauer and Flash Hollett. But that club had a strong Owen Sound flavour. Besides Pat McReavy, the coach of the Boston club was “Cooney” Weiland who had starred with the Memorial Cup Champion 1924 Owen Sound Greys!

The next season Pat was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and once again played in the Stanley Cup finals. However, this time his team was unsuccessful in their quest for hockey’s holy grail. In fact, McReavy’s team were the only team in NHL history to win the first three games of a Stanley Final and then lose the final four games as they were ousted by the Toronto Maple Leafs who were coached by another Owen Sounder, "Hap Day".

The 1941-42 season was Pat McReavy’s last in the NHL.  He enlisted in the air force and for the next three years was absent from the professional ranks. At the end of the war, he played two seasons with the St. Louis Flyers in the American Hockey League. In 1947-48 Pat returned to his home town and played for the Owen Sound Mercurys.

McReavy Claims 3rd Title: At Home!

In 1949-50 Pat completed his “triple crown” of hockey championships when the Owen Sound Mercurys captured the Canadian Senior Hockey Championships. After the Allan Cup victory he retired as a player and became the coach of the Mercurys.

Many Canadians dream of playing on a Stanley Cup Champion, or winning a national championship, and still others envision playing for their country and bringing home the world championship. Pat McReavy, a boy from Owen Sound, enjoyed the remarkable success of completing all of these dreams!  

A version of this story first appeared in my Sports History column in the Owen Sound Sun Times. For more information about Owen Sound's hockey history, check out my latest hockey book, Journey Through Owen Sound's Hockey History.

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