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A durable and reliable centerman whose numbers were as good as any player of his time, Harry Pidhirny played 1,071 games over 17 seasons in the American Hockey League.

The Toronto native began his pro career with the AHL’s Philadelphia Rockets in 1948-49, recording 39 points in 68 games. Pidhirny was acquired by owner Eddie Shore before the following season and played two years for the Springfield Indians, beginning a string of 12 consecutive 20-goal campaigns in 1949-50.

The Indians franchise moved to Syracuse for three years from 1951-54, and it was there that Pidhirny broke through as one of the league’s most offensively gifted players, leading the Syracuse Warriors in goal scoring each season. On Nov. 21, 1953, in a 9-1 win over the Providence Reds, Pidhirny tied an AHL record by scoring six goals in one game.

His steady and consistent play continued when the team returned to Springfield, and he would go on to play in five AHL All-Star Games during the 1950’s. He also earned two games with the Boston Bruins in 1957-58 – what would be his only taste of the NHL in his career.

Pidhirny led the league with 60 assists and posted a career-best 81 points in 1958-59, earning recognition as a Second Team AHL All-Star, and he was an important piece to the Indians’ Calder Cup puzzle, winning championships in 1960 and 1961. He finished his AHL playing career in Providence and Baltimore, then returned to Springfield to briefly coach the Indians in 1966.

Pidhirny, who five times in his career played in every one of his team’s games in a season, ranks third in AHL history in games played, sixth in goals (376) and seventh in points (829). He was a member of the first class of inductees into the Springfield Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.

Career AHL Statistics – Harry Pidhirny
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1948-49 Philadelphia Rockets 68 19 20 39 13 -- -- -- -- --
1949-50 Springfield Indians 70 21 28 49 6 2 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Springfield Indians 64 30 28 58 8 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Syracuse Warriors 56 25 23 48 4 -- -- -- -- --
1952-53 Syracuse Warriors 63 34 30 64 2 4 2 1 3 0
1953-54 Syracuse Warriors 51 31 12 43 4 -- -- -- -- --
1954-55 Springfield Indians 64 23 27 50 14 4 2 0 2 0
1955-56 Springfield Indians 63 32 39 71 16 -- -- -- -- --
1956-57 Springfield Indians 60 23 28 51 8 -- -- -- -- --
1957-58 Springfield Indians 68 20 28 48 6 13 0 4 4 0
1958-59 Springfield Indians 70 21 60 81 26 -- -- -- -- --
1959-60 Springfield Indians 69 31 36 67 10 10 5 6 11 0
1960-61 Springfield Indians 71 34 37 71 19 8 5 5 10 0
1962-63 Providence Reds 53 13 22 35 4 4 0 1 1 2
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers 62 10 20 30 4 -- -- -- -- --
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers 72 8 11 19 12 5 0 0 0 2
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers 47 1 4 5 6 -- -- -- -- --
  Playing Totals 1071 376 453 829 162 51 14 17 31 4