Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pete Langelle : 1917-2010

Over the weekend, came news of the passing of Pete Langelle at the age of 93.

A sleek centre, Langelle participated in 137 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs between 1938-39 and 1941-42. His final year in Toronto was his most productive - scoring 10 goals and 22 assists in 48 games.

In the 1942 playoffs he produced 3 goals and 3 assists in 13 games. In the Stanley Cup finals, Langelle had his finest moment in a Leaf jersey. The Maple Leafs, having lost the first three games, forced a game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. In the final contest, Pete Langelle was credited with the game winning goal.

Following the 1942 finals, Langelle entered the Air Force. The next 4 years were spent skating for the Winnipeg RCAF.

Upon his return, Langelle found that cracking the Leafs line-up was going to be a difficult task. Down the middle, Toronto already had Ted Kennedy, Syl Apps, and Max Bentley. As a result, he finished his playing career in the minors (AHL & Senior hockey in Manitoba).

Pete Langelle was born on November 4, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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