Emmett Venne

 

 

Seattle Sea Hawks 1933-39
Goalie – 5’9" – 160 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • NWHL/PCHL Wins Leader:  1935, 1936, 1938

Championships

  • NWHL/PCHL League Championship:  1936

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP W L T SO GAA GP W L SO GAA
1933-34 Seattle Sea Hawks 34 15 17 2
1934-35 Seattle Sea Hawks 32 20 9 3 5 3 2 0 2.38
1935-36 Seattle Sea Hawks 40 20 14 6 7 2.11 4 3 1 0 3.00
1936-37 Seattle Sea Hawks 40 13 23 4 4 3.23
1937-38 Seattle Sea Hawks 42 20 14 8 5 2.29 4 1 3 0 2.60
1938-39 Seattle Sea Hawks 47 20 21 6 1 3.47 7 3 4 0 3.14
Seattle Totals 235 108 98 29 20 10 10 0

Emmett Venne had an excellent six-year run in Seattle, leading the Sea Hawks to four NWHL/PCHL finals and winning the championship in 1936.  He led the league in wins three times, and his 108 career wins in Seattle are tied with Bev Bentley for the most ever by a goaltender. 

Venne’s Seattle career almost ended prematurely when he was a holdout prior to the start of the 1934-35 season.  He didn’t sign a contract until two hours before the Sea Hawks opener, and manager Frank Foyston traded him to Edmonton on December 2 for goaltender Earl Robertson.  Fortunately for Seattle fans Robertson refused to report to Seattle causing the deal to fall through, and Venne went on to lead the league in wins with 20.  That season also included a streak of three consecutive shutouts during which he held the Sea Hawks’ opponents off the scoring sheet for almost 264 consecutive minutes.

Emmett was an iron man in goal, missing only one start in six seasons with Seattle and that was due to a dislocated finger.  The only other time that he missed time during a game was the result of a fight with Maury Rimstad of Vancouver on December 26, 1938.  The goalie had to sit out the five-minute major penalty, forcing teammate Dave Downie to strap on the pads for a harrowing experience in goal.  Venne may very well be the first Seattle goaltender ever to earn a major penalty for fighting.