Herb Drury

Not to be confused with the British gymnast and Olympic medalist Herbert Drury (gymnast).

Herbert Joseph "Herb" Drury (March 2, 1896 – July 1, 1965) was a naturalized American professional ice hockey defenseman who played six seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Quakers.

Herb Drury
Herb Drury with the 1920 USA Men's Olympic ice hockey team
Born (1896-03-02)March 2, 1896
Midland, Ontario, Canada
Died July 1, 1965(1965-07-01) (aged 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Quakers
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (USAHA)
National team  United States
Playing career 1916–1918

Playing careerEdit

Drury was Canadian, he was born in Midland, Ontario in 1895. He came to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1916 to play for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, at the Duquesne Gardens.[1] From 1918–19 he was called to military service for World War I and did not resume his hockey career until 1920. That season, he represented the United States, as a naturalized citizen on the U.S. Olympic hockey team for the 1920 Summer Olympics. The 1920 Olympic Games, in Antwerp, Belgium, was the debut of hockey to the Olympics, which was added to the existing summer sports. Although the U.S. lost to Canada's Winnipeg Falcons in the finals, Drury returned to the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets as a silver medalist.

In 1924, Drury once again saw Olympic action as a member of the U.S. Olympic team that played in the first Winter Games at Chamonix, France. As part of the opening ceremonies, Drury carried the U.S. flag for his adopted country.[1] During the games, Drury recorded an astounding 22 goals along with 3 assists, for a total of 25 points in the tournament. After defeating team Sweden 20-0, the U.S. settled for the silver medal following a 6-1 defeat to Canada. Drury scored the lone American goal during the Gold medal game.[2]

In October 1925 when Drury became the fifth former Yellow Jackets player sign with the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Pirates.[3] He played with the Pirates during all of the franchise's five seasons. In 1930, Drury relocated with the team to Philadelphia, where they were known as the Quakers. The Quakers franchise later suspended operations after the 1930–31 NHL season and later folded.


Following his retirement from professional hockey Drury became a steamfitter in Pittsburgh and lived there until his death. Drury died in 1965, aged 70, from undisclosed causes and was interred at Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In 2010, Herb Drury joined his late brother, University of Southern California football legend Morley Drury, as an inductee of the Midland (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame, in the Athlete category.[4] Drury's 1924 silver medal and scrapbook documenting his career, are currently on display at the Heinz History Center.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Bradley (January 20, 2011). "Let's Learn From the Past: Herb Drury". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ Herb Drury biography at Legends of Hockey
  3. ^ "Herb Drury Joins Pro Hockey Team". Berkeley Daily Gazette. October 24, 1925. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Midland Sports Hall of Fame" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 30, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2012.

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