March 2, 1890|
Oakville, ON, CAN
|Died||August 30, 1918
Wichita Falls, TX, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Blueshirts|
Francis Roy "Minnie" McGiffin (March 2, 1890 - August 30, 1918) was a professional ice hockey player. He played for the Toronto Blueshirts of the Canadian National Hockey Association (NHA) from 1912 to 1915. He was a member of the 1914 Stanley Cup championship Blueshirts team.
Roy McGiffen played amateur hockey from age 15 with the Coldwater Hockey Club, moving from there to Toronto Simcoe, Toronto Amateur Athletic Club and back to Toronto Simcoe for 1909-10. He played the 1911-12 season for Cleveland of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, before turning professional with the Toronto Blueshirts in 1912-13. He played three seasons with the Blueshirts before retiring after the 1914-15 season.
In a 17 February 1915 regular-season game against the Ottawa Senators, McGiffen became involved in a fight with Art Ross that ended with both players being arrested by Toronto police. After spending the night in jail, both players were fined $1. McGiffen lost a coin toss with Ross and paid both fines. The referee of the match Cooper Smeaton wanted McGiffin barred from the league, denouncing him as a rough player.
After the 1914-15 season, he quit hockey for business and moved to Dinuba, California. He had lived there previously for a year from 1910-11 after his junior hockey days. In June 1917 he married Lillian Schroeder of San Francisco.
McGiffen served in the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I, and was an instructor of aerobatics. On August 30, 1918, Flight-Lieutenant McGiffin was killed in an airplane crash about a mile and a half northeast of Call Field in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was looping at an altitude of 2,000 feet when his plane crashed.
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