Harvey Teno was a Memorial Cup and Calder Cup champion goaltender who played briefly with the Detroit Red Wings. He enjoyed a long and prosperous career in the American Hockey League, primarily with the Pittsburgh Hornets.
Teno was born in Windsor on February 15, 1915.
Teno attended Windsor-Walkerville Technical School. His outstanding play between the pipes led the school to back-to-back WOSSA titles, earning him a scholarship to St. Michael’s College in Toronto. In the 1933 season, Teno’s first, St. Michael’s defeated Edmonton to win the Memorial Cup, Canada’s most important Junior hockey trophy. Teno was 19 years old.
Teno played nine seasons in the American Hockey League, most of them with Pittsburgh. He also spent time in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons, Hershey Bears, Philadelphia Ramblers, and Buffalo Bisons.
He posted 15 shutouts and a 3.28 goals-against average over 292 career games. He led the league in GAA several times throughout his career. Teno was particularly effective in the playoffs, earning a 3.19 GAA with three shutouts in 47 games.
Teno, who also briefly played OHA Senior and USHL hockey, won the Calder Cup, the AHL’s championship trophy, in the 1944-45 season with the Cleveland Barons.
In November of 1938, Teno was called up to play for the Red Wings when Normie Smith, their everyday netminder, was given a league suspension. In his NHL debut, Teno kept a shutout alive until the third period, eventually contributing to a 7-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Teno played four further games, finishing his stint in Detroit with two wins, three losses, and a 3.00 goals-against average. Ultimately, Detroit’s Coach and General Manager Jack Adams opted to let Teno go, instead acquiring the four-time Vezina Trophy winner Cecil “Tiny” Thompson.
“The records clearly indicate that Harvie Teno was one of the outstanding netminders of his time,” noted AHL President Jack Butterfield.
Following his playing days, Teno refereed in the Ontario Hockey Association and the International League. Teno founded the Windsor & District Hockey Referees’ Association and also played a part in starting the Windsor Minor Hockey Association. For several years, Teno served as Convener for the OHA and various area Junor “B” and “C” leagues.
He was named Sportsman of the Year by the Windsor Kinsmen in 1975.
Harvey Teno passed away on September 8, 1990.