Jud McAtee

Jerome McAtee, better known as Jud, passed away on February 22nd, 2011. He was 91.

Born in Stratford, Ontario, McAtee was a standout with the Oshawa Generals, winning Memorial Cups in 1939 and 1940. In the early 1940s he turned professional, somehow avoiding any military time during World War II. For three seasons he apprenticed with the Indianapolis Capitols, earning 1 game try outs with the Detroit Red Wings in the latter two campaigns.

By the 1944-45 season McAtee became a full time member of the Red Wings, thanks largely to war depleted NHL lineups. The 5'9", 170lb left winger scored 15 goals and 26 points in 44 regular season games. He also added 2 goals and an assist in 14 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately for McAtee, the Red Wings came up just short in game seven of the finals.

That game would prove to be McAtee's last in the NHL. Regular stars began returning to NHL lineups and callups like McAtee were demoted back down to the American Hockey League. McAtee played in the "A" with St. Louis and Hershey until 1949.

McAtee moved to Oklahoma in 1949 and wound down his playing career with 2 seasons in USHL with the Tulsa Oilers. He would remain in Oklahoma after hanging up his skates, at one point owning the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Tulsa. He passed away in Collinsville, OK.


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