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Born October 19, 1900(1900-10-19),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died November 7, 1957 (aged 57),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Pro clubs New York Americans
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Pirates
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (USAHA)
Career 1925 – 1937
Hall of Fame, 1969

Roy "Shrimp" Worters (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – November 7, 1957) was a Canadian professional Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for recording 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL.

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Playing career

Before his NHL career, Worters spent several years in amateur and senior leagues, spending the 1924 and 1925 seasons as the star netminder for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the Yellow Jackets to championships both seasons. Bolstered by the success, the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates joined the NHL the following season, with Worters in goal and substantially the same lineup as the Yellow Jackets. Worters proved an iron man, playing three seasons for the Pirates and in virtually all of their games, showing great skill while backstopping a weak defensive team; in the Pirates' first season, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots (setting a then-NHL record) in a 3–1 loss to the Americans.

Worters refused to sign with the Pirates for the 1928 season, and was suspended briefly before being traded to the Americans, for whom he would spend the rest of his career (save for a single game on loan to the Canadiens in 1930). His first season with the Amerks saw Worters becoming the first goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy with a minuscule 1.15 goals against average as he led the Americans to second place in the Canadian Division, after the team finishing in last place the year before.

During his stint with the New York Americans he had a corps of large defenceman to guard him, such as Lionel Conacher - who grew up in the same Toronto neighbourhood as Worters - "Bullet" Joe Simpson and "Red" Dutton. However, the perennially-weak Americans would make the playoffs only once more during Worters' career, although he would win the Vezina Trophy in 1931 as the league's best goaltender. During the ensuing contract negotiations following the season, Worters signed for $8,500 per season, an unprecedented sum for a goalie.

While with the Americans, he was named team captain for the 1932–33 season.

In 1937, Worters needed hernia surgery and retired following the season. Roy Worters died of throat cancer on November 7, 1957. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

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Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T Min SO GA GAA GP W L T Min SO GA GAA
1918–19 Parkdale Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 8 7 1 0 480 0 22 2.75 2 1 1 0 120 0 6 3.00
1919–20 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 3 3 0 0 180 0 14 4.67 4 4 0 0 240 0 16 4.00
1920–21 Porcupine Gold Miners GBHL 10 7 2 1 630 0 27 2.57 2 0 2 0 120 0 10 5.00
1921–22 Porcupine Gold Miners GBHL
1922–23 Toronto Argonauts OHA-Sr. 10 558 0 37 3.98
1923–24 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets USAHA 20 15 5 0 1225 7 25 1.23 13 9 3 1 840 5 12 0.86
1924–25 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets USAHA 39 25 10 4 1895 17 34 0.81 8 6 1 1 400 1 8 1.20
1925–26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 35 18 16 1 2145 7 68 1.90 2 0 1 1 120 0 6 3.00
1926–27 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 44 15 26 3 2711 4 108 2.39
1927–28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 44 19 17 8 2740 11 76 1.66 2 1 1 0 120 0 6 3.00
1928–29 New York Americans NHL 38 16 12 10 2390 13 46 1.15 2 0 1 1 150 1 1 0.40
1929–30 New York Americans NHL 36 11 21 4 2270 2 135 3.57
1929–30 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 1 0 0 60 0 2 2.00
1930–31 New York Americans NHL 44 18 16 10 2760 8 74 1.61
1931–32 New York Americans NHL 40 12 20 8 2459 5 110 2.68
1932–33 New York Americans NHL 47 15 22 10 2970 5 116 2.34
1932–33 Quebec Castors Can-Am 1 0 1 0 60 0 3 3.00
1933–34 New York Americans NHL 36 12 13 10 2240 4 75 2.01
1934–35 New York Americans NHL 48 12 27 9 3000 3 142 2.84
1935–36 New York Americans NHL 48 16 25 7 3000 3 122 2.44 5 2 3 0 300 2 11 2.20
1936–37 New York Americans NHL 23 6 14 3 1430 2 69 2.90
NHL totals 484 171 229 83 30175 67 1143 2.27 11 3 6 2 690 3 24 2.09
  • NHL statistics are from NHL.com.[1]

References

  1. ^ NHL.com (2009), Roy Worters' NHL Profile, NHL.com, http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8450153, retrieved 2009-11-12  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Howie Morenz
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1929
Succeeded by
Nels Stewart
Preceded by
Cecil Thompson
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1931
Succeeded by
Charlie Gardiner

Simple English

Born October 19, 1900(1900-10-19),
Toronto, Ontario
Died November 07, 1957,
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Pro clubs New York Americans
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Pirates
Playing career 19251937
Hall of Fame, 1969

Roy "Shrimp" Worters (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaNovember 7, 1957) was a Canadian professional ice hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for having 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL.

Awards & achievements

  • Hart Memorial Trophy (1929)
  • Second All-Star Team Goalie (1932, 1934)
  • Vezina Trophy (1931)

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