He Painted The Horse Brown

Tommy Gorman was some kind of mover and shaker. He went from Ottawa Citizen sports editor to owner of the Senators, and later owned the Hamilton Tigers which became the New York Americans. He’d been a founding member of the NHL in 1917, and was also coach and general manager of both the Chicago Black Hawks and Montreal Maroons. And he was general manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1940 to 1946.

Not only that, he was also manager of Olympic figure skater Barbara Ann Scott.

And on top of all that, he owned and ran thoroughbred tracks. At one point, he came across a really fast horse named Westy Hogan, painted him brown and changed his name to Little Boy. He then put the seemingly unknown horse in races which he won, and bilked track bookies out of a half million bucks.

There’s a lot of stories about Tommy Gorman. These are just a couple.

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