|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1958|
February 8, 1902|
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Died||May 10, 1958(aged 56)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Ottawa Senators
New York Americans
Alexander Connell (February 8, 1902 – May 10, 1958) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Falcons, New York Americans and Montreal Maroons teams in the National Hockey League. His nickname was "The Ottawa Fireman".1
Connell joined the Senators for the 1924–25 season after the Senators dealt Clint Benedict (Ottawa's former number one goalie) to the Montreal Maroons. In 1927 he was one of the first goalies to record a 30–win season, the year that the original Ottawa Senators franchise won the last of their Stanley Cups. In the 1927–28 season he set the NHL record for the longest shutout streak at 461:29, by recording six consecutive shutouts, from January 31 to February 18, 1928.
The Ottawa team fell into decline after that and, while the Ottawa team was in hiatus for the 1931–32 season, he played for the Detroit Falcons under loan. He returned to the Senators after that until his first retirement after the 1932–33 season. He was named team captain for that season.
He played one game for the New York Americans in the next season as a substitute. He then returned to the NHL to play for the Montreal Maroons and won a Stanley Cup in 1935. As he was unable to gain a leave of absence from his job as Secretary of the Ottawa Fire Department, he retired again, but returned two seasons later with the Maroons.
He lived to see himself elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but died before his formal induction after a lengthy illness on May 10, 1958.
|1920–21||Ottawa St. Brigid's||OCHL||11||8||2||1||660||12||2||1.09|
|1922–23||Ottawa St. Brigid's||OCHL||17||8||8||1||1090||26||4||1.43|
|1923–24||Ottawa St. Brigid's||OCHL||12||8||4||0||740||14||5||1.14|
|1933–34||New York Americans||NHL||1||1||0||0||40||2||0||3.00|
|1920–21||Ottawa St. Brigid's||OCHL||8||6||1||1||520||14||1||1.62|
- Connell, Alex - Biography - Honoured Player. Legends of Hockey (1928-02-18). Retrieved on 2012-11-04.
The Montreal Maroons: The Forgotten Stanley Cup Champions by William Brown
- Find-A-Grave profile for Alex "The Ottawa Fireman" Connell
- Alex Connell's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Alec Connell's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database