Sunday, January 28, 2007

Lorne "Gump" Worsley (1929-2007)

The second-to-last goaltender to not wear a mask, Worsley played up until he was 44 years old, when he manned the crease for the expansion Minnesota North Stars until 1973-74. He led the league in goals-against average with the North Stars in 1972, and was named to the NHL all-star team.

His most successful years, however, came with the Montreal Canadiens, who he won four Stanley Cups with in the 1960s. Worsley also won the Vezina Trophy twice and the Calder Trophy at the league's top rookie.

One of the NHL's more colourful alumni, Worsley will be missed in the hockey world.


At 4:40 p.m., January 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite Gump Worsley story came when he was still with the New York Rangers, the worst team in hockey for most of the decade he was there. A reporter asked Worsley which team gave him the most trouble. Without hesitation Worsley deadpanned “The Rangers!”

I have profiled Worsley’s career at

Joe Pelletier

At 4:22 p.m., January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the Worsley family.


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