Fernie Flaman, a defenseman with the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s and 1950s and a scout for the New Jersey Devils, died Friday night. He was 85.
Flaman is the only Northeastern men's hockey coach to win a Beanpot championship. He achieved the feat four times (1980, 1984, 1985, 1988) and coached Northeastern from 1970-1989 and was inducted into both the university's Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. He also was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame in 2011.
During his playing days, Flaman was regarded as a rugged defenseman. He joined the Bruins in 1947 and played in Boston for five seasons before being dealt to the Maple Leafs. Flaman helped Toronto win the Stanley Cup in his first season there in 1951. Three years later, he re-joined the Bruins and was named captain in 1955. A native of Dysart, Saskatchewan, Flaman had 34 goals, 176 assists and 1,370 penalty minutes in 910 NHL games. He also went 4-8-12 in 63 playoff contests.
Just three months ago, Flaman was honored at the Hobey Baker Award banquet in St. Paul, Minn.