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Born June 26, 1895(1895-06-26),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died October 9, 1950 (aged 55),
Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Saskatoon Sheiks
Playing career 1926 – 1937
Hall of Fame, 1961

George Hainsworth (June 26, 1895 – October 9, 1950) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League, and the Saskatoon Sheiks in the Western Canada Hockey League.

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Playing career

Hainsworth played for the Western Canada Hockey League's Saskatoon Crescents and Saskatoon Sheiks before arriving in Montreal. He replaced Georges Vezina, the Canadiens goaltender who had died of tuberculosis, and who had played every game in team history from the 1910–11 NHA season until the opening game of the 1925–26 NHL season, when the illness proved too much for him, inspiring the team to donate the Vezina Trophy for most valuable goaltender.

Hainsworth proved up to the challenge by winning the Trophy for the 1926–27, 1927–28 and 1928–29 NHL seasons. In 1928–29, he set an all-time record with 22 shutouts and a 0.92 goals against average while only playing 44 games. In 1930 he set an NHL record that still stands, going 270 minutes and 8 seconds without allowing a goal during the playoffs for the Canadiens. He backstopped the Canadiens to back to back Stanley Cups in 1930 and 1931.

Hainsworth served as the Canadiens' captain during 1932–33, becoming the second of only eight goalies to serve as an NHL team's captain. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1933 and helped the Maple Leafs reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1935.

Post career

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. In 1998, he was ranked number 46 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 greatest hockey players.

After his career, he was a regular on hockey's "Hot Stove League".[citation needed]

Hainsworth, at the age of 55, was killed in an auto accident on October 9, 1950.

Records

  • He is second all-time in professional (including both NHL and WCHL/WHL) shutouts with 104.
  • His 94 career NHL shutouts are third on the NHL's all-time list behind Martin Brodeur's 105 and Terry Sawchuk's 103.
  • Has the second lowest career goals against average in the NHL with 1.93, behind Alex Connell's 1.91.
  • Holds the NHL single-season shutout record with 22 shutouts in 1928–29.
  • Holds the NHL single-season goals against average record with 0.92 in 1928–29.

Career statistics

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1923–24 Saskatoon Sheiks WCHL 30 15 12 3 1849 73 4 2.37
1924–25 Saskatoon Sheiks WCHL 28 16 11 1 1700 75 2 2.65
1925–26 Saskatoon Sheiks WHL 30 18 11 1 1812 64 4 2.12
1926–27 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 28 14 2 2732 67 14 1.47
1927–28 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 26 11 7 2730 48 13 1.05 .966
1928–29 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 22 7 15 2800 43 22 0.92
1929–30 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 20 13 9 2680 108 4 2.42
1930–31 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 26 10 8 2740 89 0 1.95
1931–32 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 25 16 7 2998 110 6 2.20
1932–33 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 18 25 5 2980 115 8 2.32
1933–34 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 26 13 9 3010 119 3 2.37
1934–35 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 30 14 4 2957 111 8 2.25
1935–36 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 23 19 6 3000 106 8 2.12
1936–37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 2 1 190 9 0 2.84
1936–37 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 2 1 1 270 12 0 2.67
WCHL totals 88 49 34 5 5361 212 10 2.37
NHL totals 465 246 145 74 29087 937 94 1.93
Pro Career totals 553 295 179 79 34448 1149 104 2.00

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Preceded by
Sylvio Mantha
Montreal Canadiens captains
1932–33
Succeeded by
Sylvio Mantha
Preceded by
New Award
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1927, 1928, 1929
Succeeded by
Cecil Thompson
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Born June 26, 1895(1895-06-26),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Died October 9, 1950 (aged 55),
Gravenhurst, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Saskatoon Sheiks
Playing career 1926 – 1937
Hall of Fame, 1961

George Hainsworth (June 26, 1895 in Toronto, Ontario - October 9, 1950) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Records

  • He is the all-time leader in professional shutouts with 104.
  • His 94 shutouts are third on the NHL's all-time list behind Martin Brodeur's 96 and Terry Sawchuk's 103.
  • Has the lowest career goals against average tied with Alex Connell.
  • Holds the single-season shutout record with 22 shutouts, a mark likely never to be touched.

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