The first - and likely the only - Belfast, Northern Ireland born hockey player to win the Calder Memorial Trophy (1948) as the NHL rookie of the year, Jimmy McFadden enjoyed a solid six-plus seasons in the National Hockey League.
McFadden's promising rookie campaign (24 goals, 48 points in 60 games) was never fully duplicated, but he did prove to be a capable player through the rest his NHL days. He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1950.
He was traded to Chicago in 1951, and helped the Blackhawks emerge as the surprise playoff team of 1953, almost upsetting the Montreal Canadiens.
McFadden's last NHL season proved to be 1953-54. He headed west to Calgary where he continued playing pro until 1957. He later moved back to Manitoba (Carman), where he coached senior hockey and drove a school bus for many years.
Jimmy McFadden played 412 NHL games with 100 goals, 126 assists and 226 points.