Mervyn “Red” Dutton was a dynamic Albertan who was well respected in the sporting community. As an athlete, Mervyn played in the Stanley Cup for the Calgary Tigers in 1923 and went on to play with the NHL Montreal Maroons from 1926 - 1930 and the NHL New York Americans from 1930 – 1936. After retiring as a player, he coached and managed the NHL New York Americans from 1937 until 1941 when the team was disbanded due to World War II.
Mervyn Dutton was President of the NHL from 1943 to 1946. After retiring from the NHL, Mervyn’s interest broadened to other sports. He was President of the Calgary Bears Semi-Professional Baseball Team from 1946-1949; President of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club in the early 1950’s and President of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede from 1960-1961. Through his construction company, Mervyn was responsible for completing the building of the McMahon Stadium in 90 days.
Mervyn Dutton’s accomplishments have been recognized by having been inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958, received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1993 and received the Order of Canada in 1980. Mervyn “Red” Dutton was a man of integrity, ability and influence.