Mervyn "Red" Dutton


At the end of World War I, no one would have thought that Red Dutton would ever become a professional athlete. Wounded during the battle of Vimy Ridge, Dutton refused to allow the army surgeons to amputate his leg which had been mangled by shrapnel. Training diligently for hours every day, Dutton eventually recovered from his wounds and went on to play 15 seasons of professional hockey, playing with Calgary, the Montreal Maroons, and the New York Americans, from 1921 until 1926. During his career, Dutton held the record for the most penalty minutes in 1929 and 1932.

Following his retirement as a player, Dutton coached and managed the Americans and, in 1943, was appointed chairman of the National Hockey League, a position in which he served until 1945. Although he had been one of the most penalized defensemen in hockey, as a manager and chairman he was known for his fairness, kindness and professionalism.

Red Dutton was admitted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958 and posthumously awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1993 for his dedicated service to the sport. His name lives on in the Red Dutton Arena near Calgary.