Roy McGiffin

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Roy McGiffin
Born (1890-03-02)March 2, 1890
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Died August 30, 1918(1918-08-30) (aged 28)
Wichita Falls, TX, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Blueshirts
Playing career 1907–1915

Francis Roy "Minnie" McGiffin (March 2, 1890 – August 30, 1918) was a professional ice hockey player. He played for the Toronto Blueshirts of the Canadian National Hockey Association (NHA) from 1912 to 1915. He was a member of the 1914 Stanley Cup championship Blueshirts team.

Playing career[edit]

Roy McGiffen played amateur hockey from age 15 with the Coldwater Hockey Club, moving from there to Toronto Simcoe, Toronto Amateur Athletic Club and back to Toronto Simcoe for 1909–10. He played the 1911–12 season for Cleveland of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, before turning professional with the Toronto Blueshirts in 1912–13. He played three seasons with the Blueshirts before retiring after the 1914–15 season.

In the 1914 Stanley Cup challenge of Victoria against the Blueshirts, McGiffen scored the game-winning goal of game two.[1] That season, he led the league in penalty fines of $116.[2]

In a 17 February 1915 regular-season game against the Ottawa Senators, McGiffen became involved in a fight with Art Ross that ended with both players being arrested by Toronto police.[3] After spending the night in jail, both players were fined $1. McGiffen lost a coin toss with Ross and paid both fines.[4] The referee of the match Cooper Smeaton wanted McGiffin barred from the league, denouncing him as a rough player.[5]

After the 1914–15 season, he quit hockey for business and moved to Dinuba, California.[6] He had lived there previously for a year from 1910–11 after his junior hockey days. In June 1917 he married Lillian Schroeder of San Francisco.[7]

McGiffen served in the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I, and was an instructor of aerobatics. On August 30, 1918, Flight-Lieutenant McGiffin was killed in an airplane crash about a mile and a half northeast of Call Field in Wichita Falls, Texas.[8] He was looping at an altitude of 2,000 feet when his plane crashed.[9]


  1. ^ Coleman(1966), pg. 264
  2. ^ "Ottawa Senators - 1914 History". Archived from the original on 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ "The Police Arrest McGiffen and Ross". The Globe. 1915-02-18. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "M'Giffen Paid Fines for Both". The Globe. 1915-02-19. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "Wants M'Giffen Barred". The Globe. 1915-02-19. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "Wouldn't Play for Ottawa for $1,000 a week". The Toronto Star. 1915-12-20. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "'Minnie' McGiffin Is Killed in Machine". The Toronto World. 1918-08-31. p. 8. 
  8. ^ McGiffin Francis Roy, 1918 US Army Signal Corps/ US Army Air Service Accident Reports
  9. ^ "'Minnie' McGiffin Is Killed in Machine". The Toronto World. 1918-08-31. p. 8. 
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League.