Hall of Famer
EDOUARD 'NEWSY' LALONDE
Inducted in 1982
Scoring champion - Toronto (OPHL)
Scoring champion - Renfrew (NHA)
Scoring champion - Vancouver (PCHL)
Scoring champion - Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
One of the greatest goal scorers of early professional hockey, Newsy Lalonde came out of Cornwall, Ontario, with the nickname thanks in part to his fame as a hockey player and his job working at the local newspaper during his early years. He was, however, respected as much for his lacrosse as for his hockey, but his enduring legacy is in the latter sport. Lalonde first moved to Woodstock to play hockey where his exceptional skating soon earned him a reputation. He was offered a position on the Sault Ste. Marie team of the new International Hockey League, a pro league, and his career took off from there. In 1907, he played for Toronto in the OPHL (Ontario Professional Hockey League), winning the scoring race with an amazing 29 goals in just nine games. At season's end, his team challenged for the Stanley Cup, but the mighty Montreal Wanderers were too tough. After another fine season in Toronto, Lalonde moved to Montreal to join the new Canadiens franchise in the new National Hockey Association, precursor to the NHL. Surprisingly, he was traded to Renfrew during the season and again won the scoring championship. Lalonde moved west to join the Pacific Coast league run by the Patrick brothers. Playing for the Vancouver Millionaires, Lalonde led the league with 27 goals but returned to Montreal a year later. He reached the zenith of his career in 1915-16 when he captained the team to its first Stanley Cup, and he remained with the Habs as the new NHL was established prior to the 1917-18 season. Newsy twice more led the league in scoring (1918-19 and '20-'21) before being traded to Saskatoon where he was both player and coach for the Sheiks. In all, he was captain in Montreal for six seasons (1915-21). After hanging up his skates, Lalonde returned to the NHL as coach, leading the New York Americans, Ottawa Senators, and Canadiens before retiring altogether in 1935. During the summers, Lalonde played professional lacrosse and in 1950, in addition to being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, he was named Canada's best lacrosse player for the first half of the 20th century.