cleveland barons

One year ago today, Tom Cavanagh, a center who had played for the Harvard Crimson Tide, Cleveland Barons, Worcester Sharks, San Jose Sharks, Manchester Monarchs and Springfield Falcons was found dead in an apparent suicide.

At the time, Tom’s father, an attorney, released the following statement:

“Our son, Tom, was a young man who bravely fought the demons of mental illness for many years. This private struggle far surpassed his public athletic accomplishments. Our family will celebrate and always remember his beautiful but short life.”

Harvard Hockey coach Ted Donato described Cavanagh as such:

“He was one of my favorite players I have ever been around in any facet of hockey, whether playing or coaching. He was just a very unselfish, hard-working team guy who played his best in big games.”

Please take a moment or two today to remember Tom Cavanagh and the people he touched in his short life here on this earth.

Top 5 Defunct NHL Jerseys

The NHL has long been recognized as the league, among the “big four”, with the best looking jerseys. From the Chicago Blackhawks to the New York Rangers, the NHL’s list of great sweaters just goes on and on. But while everyone talks about the best looking jerseys of the current…


Gillies Meloche - Cleveland Barons

Fantastic Greg Harrison-made mask was worn by Gilles Meloche and was once on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bearing the hall’s numbered inventory sticker on the padless interior, the mask features combination leather and elastic sweat-stained straps and that cool Barons logo. After several rough years in California with the Seals, Meloche’s job remained a tough one when the franchise moved to Cleveland. Gilles carried most of the load, appearing in 105 games during the ’76-77 and ’77-78 seasons.

Wonderful piece of history of a long gone team, the mask was originally part of the Richard Curry collection and obtained from Greg Harrison.