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Born May 14, 1929(1929-05-14),
Montreal, PQ, CAN
Died January 26, 2007 (aged 77),
Beloeil, PQ, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Goalie
Pro clubs New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Career 1952 – 1974
Hall of Fame, 1980

Lorne John "Gump" Worsley (May 14, 1929 – January 26, 2007) was a professional ice hockey goaltender. Born and raised in Montreal, he was given his nickname due to friends deciding he looked like comic-strip character Andy Gump.

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Career

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.

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 a year increase in pay, he was promptly returned to the minor leagues for the following season. Playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL, he won the league most valuable player award in 1954.

He resumed position as starting goaltender for the Rangers in 1954, beating out future NHL star Johnny Bower. 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.

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 as a member of four Stanley Cup-winning teams 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. He quit in the midst of the 1969–70 season, feeling the pressure of performing in Montreal and being phased out in favor of younger goaltenders. He was suspended for not reporting to the Canadiens' Montreal Voyageurs farm team.

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 average with 2.12 and was named to play in the National Hockey League All-Star Game. Worsley is the only goaltender to have won 300 games and lost 300 games.[1]

Worsley 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 Rangers' coach Phil Watson of having a beer belly, he replied, "Just goes to show you what he knows. I only drink Johnnie Walker Red."

He was also vehemently opposed to wearing a mask. Worsley was the second-to-last professional hockey goaltender to play without a mask - Andy Brown of the Indianapolis Racers being the final one the following season - wearing one only in the last six games of his career. Asked about why he chose to go without, he told reporters, "My face is my mask."

Worsley was also well known for his fear of flying. He suffered a nervous breakdown in the 1968–69 season after a rough flight from Montreal's Dorval Airport to Chicago, and received psychiatric treatment and missed action as a result. It is said that when he 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.

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Injuries

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, 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 to the point where he temporarily retired from hockey. The blast to the forehead from Bobby Hull landed him, unconscious, in Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. Upon awakening, he was asked how he was feeling and replied, "Good thing the puck hit me flat!"[2]

Legacy

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.

Two Canadian indie rock bands, Huevos Rancheros ("Gump Worsley's Lament") and The Weakerthans ("Elegy for Gump Worsley"), have recorded tribute songs to Worsley. Canadian band Sons of Freedom also named their second album Gump after Worsley.

Retirement and death

Worsley suffered a heart attack on January 22, 2007, and died at his home in Beloeil, Quebec on January 26, 2007. [2]

Career achievements and facts

  • Stanley Cup champion in 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969.
  • 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.
  • Curtis Joseph tied his 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.
  • Induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 .
  • 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 affectionately known to Minnesota North Stars fans as "the Gumper".
  • This is where the popular term "Stacking the Gumpers" originated. Stacking the Gumpers is how a goaltender makes a save by lying on his side and making a "wall" out of his leg pads or "Gumpers."
  • Ranked No. 17 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1946–47 Verdun Cyclones QJHL 25 6 18 1 1500 138 3 5.52
1947–48 Verdun Cyclones QJHL 29 13 11 5 1740 95 1 3.28
1948–49 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MMJHL 47 24 21 2 2840 122 7 2.58
1948–49 New York Rovers QSHL 2 120 5 0 2.50
1949–50 New York Rovers EAHL 47 25 17 5 2830 133 7 2.86
1949–50 New Haven Ramblers AHL 2 2 0 0 120 4 0 2.00
1950–51 St. Paul Saints USHL 64 33 26 5 3920 184 3 2.82
1951–52 Saskatoon Quakers PCHL 66 33 19 14 3960 206 5 3.07
1952–53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 13 5 7 1 780 50 0 3.84
1952–53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00
1952–53 New York Rangers NHL 50 13 29 8 3000 153 2 3.06
1953–54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 39 24 7 4200 168 4 2.40
1954–55 New York Rangers NHL 65 15 33 17 3900 197 4 3.03 .916
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 70 32 28 10 4200 198 4 2.83 .922
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 68 26 28 14 4080 216 3 3.18 .907
1957–58 New York Rangers NHL 37 21 10 6 2200 86 4 2.32 .928
1957–58 Providence Reds AHL 25 12 11 2 1528 83 0 3.26
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 67 26 30 11 4001 198 2 2.97 .907
1959–60 New York Rangers NHL 39 7 23 8 2301 135 0 3.52 .893
1959–60 Springfield Indians AHL 15 11 3 1 900 33 3 2.20
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 59 20 29 8 3473 190 1 3.28 .912
1961–62 New York Rangers NHL 60 22 27 9 3531 172 2 2.92 .913
1962–63 New York Rangers NHL 67 22 34 10 3980 217 2 3.27 .914
1963–64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 3 2 2 444 22 1 2.97 .894
1963–64 Quebec Aces AHL 47 30 16 1 2820 128 5 2.72
1964–65 Quebec Aces AHL 37 24 12 1 2247 101 2 2.70
1964–65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 10 7 1 1020 50 1 2.94 .907
1965–66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 29 14 6 2899 114 2 2.36 .916
1966–67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 9 6 2 888 47 1 3.18 .950
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 19 9 8 2213 73 6 1.98
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 19 5 4 1703 64 5 2.25
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 3 1 2 360 14 0 2.33
1969–70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 5 1 1 453 20 1 2.65
1970–71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 24 4 10 8 1369 57 0 2.50 .913
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 34 16 10 7 1923 68 2 2.12
1972–73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 6 2 3 624 30 0 2.88
1973–74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 8 14 5 1601 86 0 3.22
NHL totals 861 335 352 150 50183 2407 43 2.88

References

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.18, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. ^ [1] Worsley at Legends of Hockey.
  • 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
  • Hockey Hall of Fame Obituary

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Preceded by
Bernie Geoffrion
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1953
Succeeded by
Camille Henry
Preceded by
Johnny Bower
and Terry Sawchuk
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

Simple English

Lorne John "Gump" Worsley (May 14, 1929 in Montreal, QuebecJanuary 26, 2007 in Beloeil, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey goaltender. Born and raised in Montreal, he was given his nickname due to friends deciding he looked like comic-strip character Andy Gump.

=Achievements

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  • Stanley Cup Champion 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969(with Montreal)
  • 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.

References

  • 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
  • Hockey Hall of Fame Obituary

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