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Alex Shibicky: 1914-2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Left Wing On The 'Bread Line'

Alex Shibicky, one of four surviving members of the New York Rangers 1940 Stanley Cup team, died on July 9 in South Surrey, British Columbia. He was 91 years-of-age. The death was announced by his son, Alex, Jr.

Shibicky, a left wing, was with the Rangers from 1935 to 1946. He played 322 games, scoring 110 goals and 91 assists in a career that was shortened by World War II, when he served three years in the Canadian armed forces.

Shibicky played on one of the most famous lines of his era, the "Bread Line" with the brothers Neil and Mac Colville at center and right wing, respectively. The line's nickname came from sportswriters who said the trio was the Rangers' "bread and butter." At the time of their foundation, in 1936, they were the youngest line in the National Hockey League. Mac Colville was 20, Neil Colville and Shibicky 22. They were also known as the "Prairie Boys," as all three hailed from western Canada.

Shibicky is credited with being the first player to use a slap shot. "I learned it from Bun Cook," he recalled, "but he only used it in practice. I was the first to use it in a game." Shibicky and Cook were teammates for one season, 1935-36.

Alexandre Dmitri Shibicky was born on May 19, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His best season was 1937-38 when he scored 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points in 48 games. In 1938-39, Shibicky scored 24 goals, which tied him for second in NHL scoring.

Shibicky's death leaves only Clint Smith, Dutch Hiller and Alf Pike as surviving members of the Rangers' 1940 team.
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