Art Ross would definitely have to be considered one of the more influential figures in hockey on and off the ice. His pro playing career started with the Kenora Thistles who, after noticing him excelling in amateur and senior league play hired Ross for a salary of $1,000 for just two games in a challenge for the Stanley Cup. Art Ross played defense but in a more offensively focused way becoming one of the first defenders to rush the puck up the ice into the offensive zone instead of making outlet passes or just firing it the entire length. It proved an effective strategy and changed the way the position was played from then on. Ross played for quite a number of teams in different leagues (not uncommon at the time) but is most remembered for his time with the Montreal Wanderers of the NHA with whom he won one of his two Stanley Cups. In 1947 The Art Ross Trophy was donated to the NHL to be awarded to the leagues leading scorer in the regular season and is still presented after every season today.