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Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16--Claire Alexander

Claire Alexander

He gave up his job as a milkman in Orillia to join the Leafs in Toronto, but not before winning the Allan Cup with the local Terriers. "The Honest Milkman" as his Leaf mates called him, made his NHL debut at age 29 after persistent calls from scout and former junior teammate Gerry McNamara.
On the strength of his booming shot, Alexander once won a scoring championship playing Senior hockey with the Collingwood Shipbuilders.
In Toronto, he provided solid defensive play for an up-and-coming Leaf team.  After three partial seasons in Toronto, he was traded to Vancouver. He later signed as a free agent with the WHA Oilers. The Leafs hired him to coach their AHL affiliate in St. Catharines in 1984, but the next year he left the organization when the team wanted him to become assistant coach to Dan Maloney with the Leafs. The Milkman balked at uprooting his family and moving to Toronto and instead returned to private life.
Alexander finished his career with 18 goals and 64 points in 155 career NHL games, along with just 36 penalty minutes. He also recorded 8 goals and 31 points in 54 WHA games.

Received this blue ink signed card TTM.

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