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Lorne John "Gump" Worsley (May 14, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec - January 26, 2007 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) was a former professional ice hockey goaltender. May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article needs cleanup. ... January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... Saint-Hyacinthe (Ville de) town in southwestern Quebec east of Montreal on the Yamaska River. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...

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The Career

Born in the rough end of Montreal, he was given his nickname due to friends decding he looked like a comic-strip character called Andy Gump.


At the beginning of his career, Worsley played four years in the minor leagues, most notably for the New York Rovers of the EHL, the St. Paul Saints of the USHL and the Saskatoon Quakers of the WHL. He achieved success with all three teams, garnering First Team All-Star and leading goaltender recognition for three straight seasons between 1950 and 1952. The Eastern Hockey League was a minor professional ice hockey league that was known as the EHL. // Eastern Amateur Hockey League (1933-1953) The league was founded in 1933 as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). ... The St. ... United States Hockey League (abbreviated USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in United States. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...


In the fall of 1952 he was signed by the New York Rangers of the NHL, and though playing for a last place team won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. However, after asking for a $500.00 a year increase in pay, he was promptly returned to the minor leagues for the next year. Playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL, he won the league most valuable player award in 1954. The classic NHL shield logo The 1952-53 season was the 36th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, They also always beat the New Jersey Devils cause Jagr scores on Brodeour 24/7 New York, U.S.A.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL) and are considered one of the... NHL redirects here. ... Calder Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top Rookie in the National Hockey League. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


He again became the starting goaltender for the Rangers in 1954, beating out a then career minor leaguer named Johnny Bower for the position. Wearing the traditional number 1 for goaltenders, he toiled for the oft-hapless Rangers for the next nine seasons, generally playing well for poor teams. This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1954-55 season was the 38th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... Johnny (The China Wall) Bower (b. ...


In the summer of 1963, he became involved in a proposed players union, and was promptly traded to the Montreal Canadiens. While he was relegated to the minor-league Quebec Aces for parts of two seasons -- and characteristically winning First Team All-Star honors in the AHL in 1964 -- Worsley played his best years for the Habs, winning four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. His best season was 1968, where he followed up a Vezina-winning performance and a career-low 1.98 goals against average by going undefeated in the playoffs with eleven straight wins. Subsequently, feeling the pressure of performing in Montreal and being phased out in favor of younger goaltenders, he quit in the midst of the 1970 season after being suspended for not reporting to the Canadiens farm team in Nova Scotia. The 1963-64 season was the 47th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest established National Hockey League (NHL) franchise. ... The Quebec Aces are a defunct ice hockey franchise from Quebec, Quebec that played in the Quebec Senior Hockey League (1944-1953), Quebec Hockey League (1953-59) and American Hockey League (1959-71). ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is regarded as the top professional hockey league in North America outside the National Hockey League (NHL) for which it serves as the primary developmental circuit. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The 1964-65 season was the 48th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1965-66 season was the 49th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1968-69 NHL season was the 52nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1969-70 NHL season was the 53rd season of the National Hockey League. ...


However, Worsley was lured out of retirement by the Minnesota North Stars, and playing in tandem with Cesare Maniago, starred for parts of five more years, retiring at the age of 44 after the 1973-74 season. His best season with the North Stars was 1972, where he was second in the league in goals against with 2.12 and was named to play in the All-Star Game. The Minnesota North Stars were a team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... Cesare Maniago (Born January 13, 1939 in Trail, British Columbia) was a National Hockey League goaltender who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks. ... Regular Season* October 16 The Toronto Maple Leafs Norm Ullman tallies his 1,000th point. ...


He suffered many injuries during his career, including a back injury with Vancouver of the WHL which nearly ended his career, a knee problem in the 1956 playoffs that required surgery afterward, a shot from Bobby Hull in 1961 that hit him in the forehead, a severed tendon in 1960, knee surgery in 1966, a pulled hamstring in 1963-64, and a pulled hamstring in 1972-73 that reduced his effectiveness and depressed him to the point where he retired from hockey temporarily. The blast to the forehead from Booby Hull landed him, unconscious, in the Royal Victoria Hospital. Upon awakening, he was asked how he was feeling and replied, "Good thing the puck hit me flat!"


The Enigma

At the time of his retirement, Worsley had played more games than any goalie except for Terry Sawchuk and Glenn Hall. He retired with a record of 335 wins, 352 losses and 150 ties, with 43 shutouts, and a goals against average of 2.91. If minor league games are included, he tops all goaltenders. Terry Sawchuk in 1964 Terrance Gordon Sawchuk (Born - December 28, 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Died May 31, 1970 in New York, NY, USA) was a Canadian Professional Hockkey Goaltender who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los... Glenn Hall Glenn Hall (born October 3, 1931, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a professional ice hockey goaltender. ...


Gump was known for his wry sense of humour and various eccentricities. Early in his career with the Rangers, when he was regularly facing 40-50 shots a night, he was asked, "Which team gives you the most trouble?" His reply?


"The New York Rangers."


Accused by Ranger's coach Phil Watson of having a beer belly, he replied "He should know better than that. He knows I only drink scotch". Phillip Phil Watson (Born October 24, 1914 in Montreal, Quebec, died February 1, 1991) was a professional hockey player and coach in the NHL. // Playing Career Phil Watson spent 13 seasons in the NHL, and with the exception of 44 games played with the Montreal Canadiens in 1943-44, was...


He was also vehemently opposed to wearing a mask. He was in fact the second-to-last goaltender to play without a mask. Asked about why he chose to go without he told reporters "My face is my mask."


He was also well known for his fear of flying in airplanes due to one flights in his amateur career that was nearly his last. The New York Rovers were flying in a plane to play a game on the road when an engine caught fire and had to make an emergency landing in Milwaukee. As a result, he suffered terribly whenever he had to fly. He was quoted to say "It's the one time I don't talk. I'm too scared to say anything".


Gump suffered a nervous breakdown in the 1968-69 season after a rough flight from Montreal's Dorval Airport to O'Hare in Chicago ,and received psychiatric treatment as a result. He missed action as a result. It is said that when came out of retirement to play for the North Stars he was assured that, as Minnesota was in the central part of the continent, the team traveled less than any other in the league.


Worsley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Gump Worsely died on January 26th, 2007 at Honoré-Mercier hospital, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Saint-Hyacinthe (Ville de) town in southwestern Quebec east of Montreal on the Yamaska River. ...


Sources;

They Call Me Gump by Lorne "Gump" Worsley with Tim Moriarty


The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Volume 3 by Charles L. Coleman


The Complete Encyclopedia of Hockey edited by Zander Hollander


Career achievements and facts

  • Won the Vezina Trophy in 1966 and 1968.
  • Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1968.
  • Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1966.
  • Played in the All-Star Game in 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1972.
  • Owns the record for the most career losses in the NHL with 352.
  • Currently 7th in all time games played, 15th in career wins and 24th in shutouts.
  • One of the last two goaltenders (the other being Andy Brown) to play in the NHL without a face mask, doing so until his final season.
  • Was affectionally known to Minnesota North Stars fans as "the Gumper".
Preceded by
Bernie Geoffrion
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1953
Succeeded by
Camille Henry
Preceded by
Johnny Bower
and Terry Sawchuck
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Charlie Hodge

1966
Succeeded by
Denis DeJordy
and Glenn Hall
Preceded by
Denis DeJordy
and Glenn Hall
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Rogatien Vachon

1968
Succeeded by
Glenn Hall
and Jacques Plante

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Gump Worsley - definition of Gump Worsley in Encyclopedia (313 words)
Lorne John 'Gump' Worsley (born May 14, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player.
Although in 1953 he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in the National Hockey League, after asking for a $500.00 a year increase in pay, he was promptly returned to the minor leagues for the next year.
He also shared the Vezina Trophy for the lowest average goals per game in 1966 when he was on the NHL second All-Star team and in 1968 when he was the first All-Star team goaltender.
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