Hergesheimer one of AHL’s early stars

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, theahl.com will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

Winnipeg native Phil Hergesheimer was a prolific scorer during the early days of the American Hockey League, averaging better than a point per game over his 11 seasons in the league.

Skating for the Cleveland Barons, Hergesheimer led the AHL with 25 goals in 1937-38 and 34 goals in 1938-39, winning a Calder Cup in 1939. He then spent parts of the next four seasons in the NHL.

In 1946-47, Hergesheimer joined the Philadelphia Rockets as player/coach. Leading a team that would win a woeful five games all season (5-52-7), Hergesheimer amazingly led the American Hockey League in scoring with 92 points in 64 games, scoring more than one quarter (48) of his team’s 188 goals.

Hergesheimer gave up the coaching reins but continued to excel on the ice as Philadelphia limped through two more miserable seasons. He racked up 42 goals and 73 points in 57 games in 1947-48, and followed up with 38 goals and 66 points in 67 games in 1948-49.

Hergesheimer closed out his AHL career playing two years with the Cincinnati Mohawks, topping the 30-goal mark once more in 1949-50.

Hergesheimer, whose brother Wally was also an AHL standout, was named a First Team AHL All-Star three times and a Second Team pick twice. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 89.

Career AHL Statistics – Phil Hergesheimer
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1937-38Cleveland Barons472520451322130
1938-39Cleveland Barons5434195323971814
1941-42Hershey Bears12871521065114
1942-43Cleveland Barons36142741441122
1943-44Cleveland Barons332119406
1945-46Cleveland Barons54212748412610164
1946-47Philadelphia Rockets6448449220
1947-48Philadelphia Rockets574231736
1948-49Philadelphia Rockets6738286614
1949-50Cincinnati Mohawks703130617
1950-51Cincinnati Mohawks54613198
AHL Totals5482882655531073722184024