Hab Goalies
Lorne Worsley 1963-1970
By Le Goalie
Feb 17, 2004, 19:33

Lorne Worsley owes his moniker to a buddy of his, George Ferguson, who noticed Worsley's resemblance to a comic strip character named Andy Gump. The name stuck, sometimes becoming Gumper, which was nothing more than a variation.

"Enduring" is a good word to describe Lorne Worsley's NHL career. "Gump" played 21 seasons with the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota North Stars. In all, he enjoyed 24 years in pro hockey.

He was good right from the start, when he played with the St Paul team in the U.S. League and won the Charles Gardiner Memorial Trophy awarded to the Rookie of the Year. In 1953, he repeated the feat, picking up the Calder Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year. One of the last goaltenders to play without a mask, Gump Worsley left behind a rich heritage as a member of four Stanley Cup champion teams. He is also known as the goalie who let in Gordie Howe's 500th goal. Over his career, Worsley also won two Vezina trophies, sharing them with Charlie Hodge in 1966 and with Rogatien Vachon in 1968. He was born in Montreal on May 14th, 1929, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980.

Canadien Stats:
172 92 45 25 2.42 16


70 41 25 - 2.82 5

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