Samuel "Sam" Rothschild (October 16, 1899 – April 15, 1987) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 102 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Montreal Maroons, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Americans. He was the last surviving member of the 1926 Stanley Cup champion Maroons.

Rothschild was born in Sudbury, Ontario to Daniel and Annie Rothschild, the city's first Jewish settlers.[1] Daniel Rothschild was a merchant in the city, whose retail and office property is listed on the city's register of historic properties.[2] He was the first Jewish player in the NHL.[3]

Playing career

Rothschild played hockey in the Montreal area for Montreal Harmonia, McGill University and the Montreal Stars before returning home to play for the junior Sudbury Wolves in 1919. He played the next four seasons with the senior Sudbury Wolves before joining the expansion Montreal Maroons in 1924. He played three seasons with the Maroons before being sold to the Pirates in 1927.[4] He finished the 1927–28 season with the New York Americans after being suspended by the Pirates in December 1927.[4][5] It was his last season in the NHL.

Post-NHL career

Following his retirement from the NHL Rothschild took up coaching, and coached the junior Sudbury Wolves to the 1932 Memorial Cup championship. He married Eva Yackman in 1933.[1]

He was also a prominent supporter of curling in the city, including stints as president of the Northern Ontario Curling Association and the Canadian Curling Association from 1957 to 1958, and securing the city's status as host city of the 1953 Brier.[1] He was later inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.[1]

As well, he served for two years on Sudbury's city council.[1] He died at a hospital in Sudbury on April 15, 1987.[6]

NHL Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1924-25 Montreal Maroons NHL 27 5 4 9 4
1925-26 Montreal Maroons NHL 33 2 1 3 8
1926-27 Montreal Maroons NHL 22 1 1 2 8 2 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1927-28 New York Americans NHL 15 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 102 8 6 14 24 2 0 0 0 0


  1. ^ a b c d e Sam Rothschild at Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums.
  2. ^ Early Community History: Sudbury, First Jewish Settlers. Ontario Jewish Archives.
  3. ^ "Ontario Jewish Communities: Sudbury - Sports". Retrieved January 27, 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Unconditional Release of Sammy Rothschild". The Globe. December 30, 1927. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "Sammy Rothschild Goes To New York Americans". The Globe. January 6, 1928. p. 6. 
  6. ^ DEATHS The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Apr 18, 1987; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. A12

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