Bryan Hextall spent 12 years with the New York Rangers, scoring more than 20 goals for six years in a row. He was named to the NHL’s First Allstar Team in 1940, 1941 and 1942, and to the Second Allstar Team in 1943. In 1942 he won the NHL scoring title. He capped the 1939-40 season by scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in the Rangers’ 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth game.
Bryan Hextall played minor hockey in Poplar Point and in 1931 was on the Poplar Point Juvenile Team that won the provincial championship. In 1933 he was on the first ever Portage Terrier Junior Hockey Team. He turned professional in 1934 with the Victoria Lions where he played for two and a half seasons before his rights were sold to Lester Patrick and the New York Rangers. Even then the big league eluded him as he was farmed out to Philadelphia for one season. When the Rangers finally got a hold of him he was converted from defenceman to right winger and his “glory days” began.
Hextall was called a great player and a gentleman by his teammates. The people of his home town referred to him as “a leader”. He gave a lot back to the game that made him famous. He coached at all levels of amateur hockey and continued to put his ideas into the game long after his health sent him to the sidelines.
Bryan Hextall passed away in 1984. Two of his sons - Bryan Jr. and Dennis - played professional hockey with the New York Rangers. In 1969 he was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2000 he was selected to the 2nd All Star Team of the Century as voted upon by the Manitoba Hockey Foundation.
b. July 31, 1913
d. July 25, 1984