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James Cecil Hendy
Birth: May 6, 1905, Barbados
Death: Jan. 14, 1961
Lakewood
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA

Hall of Fame Professional Hockey Pioneer. He was a statistician who became the 'Father of Modern Hockey Statistics'. Born in Barbados, British West Indies, Hendy moved with his family to Vancouver when he was six years old. As a young lad, he became a "rink rat," learning his hockey at a rink that the Patrick Brothers, Lester and Frank, had built. Hendy ran away from home on several occasions, trying his luck as a cowboy, seaman, and telegraph operator with the United States Signal Corps. Although having limited formal education, he went to New York and secured a job filing copy for sporting events at Madison Square Garden for Western Union. A natural with numbers, his accurate statistical data and knowledge of the sporting world him a favorite of newspaper writers in the city. It was at this time that he also wrote fiction for Street & Smith's and sports articles for the "Saturday Evening Post". He also picked an annual NHL all-star team for McCall's magazine. During this time, Hendy, on his own, meticulously compiled records of players' regular season and playoff statistical performances. This became the origin of the modern statistics used to track the performances of professional hockey players and teams that are still used today. He published his work in the first edition of "The Hockey Guide" in 1933. He continued to produce it annually until 1951 when competing pressure from his other hockey jobs forced him to stop. He turned over the records and information to the NHL, asking only that they continue the work he started. His hockey legacy does not stop with statistics. He was also the president of the United States Hockey League, was a publicist with the New York Rangers and general manager of the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. It was under Hendy's leadership that the Barons' became one of the most successful minor league franchises of all-time. Utilizing smart management skills, a keen knowledge of talent, and promotional insight, he led Barons won three Calder Cups and were a finalist on another one other occasion. His Barons became the model for a minor league hockey franchise. His work with Cleveland earned him "The Hockey News" executive of the year on two separate occasions. In 1953 he nearly got Barons into the NHL, as he achieved conditional approval for a franchise from the league. The plan fell through when backers failed to come up with the required financial accountability. Still, his overall dedication and love of the game continues on to this day. He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1968. He died from arteriosclerotic heart disease. (bio by: Frank Russo) 
 
Burial:
Lakewood Park Cemetery
Rocky River
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot 57, Grave 1
 
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Originally Created by: Frank Russo
Record added: Jun 15, 2004
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