|Harry "Hap" Holmes|
Also mentioned, was Corbett Denneny, a teammate of Holmes on the 1918 Arenas. In the fifth and deciding game of the Stanley Cup Series, Denneny scored the game winning goal, which gave Toronto a 2-1 victory and the first Stanley Cup in National Hockey League history.
In Toronto, he was a member of the Shamrocks (1914-15/NHA); Blueshirts (1915-16 to 1916-17/NHA); Arenas (1917-18 TO 1918-19/NHL); St. Pats (1919-20 to 1922-23/NHL); St. Pats/Maple Leafs (1926-27/NHL). Also, Denneny had stints with the Ottawa Senators of the NHA and several clubs in the National Hockey League. These would include the Hamilton Tigers (1923-24) and Chicago Black Hawks (1927-28).
In the NHL, Denneny participated in 176 matches, scoring 103 goals and 42 assists for 145 points. His final season in pro hockey came with the Chicago Shamrocks (American Hockey Association) in 1930-31.
A quirky fact relating to Corbett Denneny is the spelling of his last name. The legal surname is spelled D-e-n-n-e-n-y. For confirmation of this fact, I checked the 1901 Census of Canada. In the census, Corbett Denneny is listed along with other relatives. The census provides collaborating details, such as date of birth (Jan.25, 1894) and residency (Cornwall & Stormont). Also listed as a household member is Corbett's younger brother, Cy Denneny. He had a brilliant 15 year run as a pro, winning five Stanley Cups. Cy Denneny is an honoured member (1959) of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
An obituary published in 1963, explains the origin of the misspelling of Corbett's surname. When he first appeared on the hockey scene, sports writers of the time, added another letter to the spelling. Newspaper accounts document the name being spelled D-e-n-n-e-n-a-y.
|Newspaper report from 1918 which captures the misspelling|
The obituary reveals Denneny adapted the new spelling. This fact is clearly established when visiting Corbett's final resting place in Etobicoke, Ontario.
His tombstone (above) reads, "IN LOVING MEMORY OF CORBETT C. DENNENAY 1894-1963.
Corbett Denneny passed away on January 16, 1963. His post-hockey career was spent working for the YMCA. He was a director for the organization, assigned to Toronto's Central YMCA.
Hockey game or name game - Corbett Denneny/Dennenay was a willing participant.