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King Clancy
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Hockey Player
    (February 25, 1903-November 8, 1986)
    Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Birth name was Francis Michael Clancy
    Defenseman for the Ottawa Senators (1921-30) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1930-37)
    Coached the Montreal Maroons (1937-38) and Maple Leafs (1953-56)
    NHL referee (1938-49)
    Died from septic shock following surgery to remove his gallbladder
    Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1958) and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1975)
    Namesake for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy given to 'the player who, by example demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made exceptional humanitarian contributions in the community'
    Sportscaster Brian McFarlane said that he 'started a thousand fights and never won one.'
    His record as head coach of the Maple Leafs got worse each of his three seasons.
    His friendship with Punch Imlauch was strained when he initially said that he would resign as the Maple Leafs' assistant general manager when Imlauch was fired as coach (1969), but stayed when he was made a vice-president.
    According to 'How I Met Your Mother,' his name is a Canadian sex act. (Specifically, an 'Old King Clancy' is a 'Sacramento turtleneck,' but with maple syrup.)
    He was the first NHL player to play all six positions in a game (March 31, 1923).
    The Maple Leafs paid a then-record $35,000 to acquire him.
    Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe gave him much of the credit for the team's first Stanley Cup: 'We were building a great team with many fine players, but Clancy made it all stick together.'
    He was a fan favorite in both Ottawa and Toronto.

Credit: C. Fishel

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