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article imageHall of Fame goalie Worsley dies

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 28, 2007 in Sports
Gump Worsley, the Hall of Fame goalie who didn't wear a mask until the final season of his 21-year NHL career, has died. He was 77.
Gump Worsley, who died at home in Beloeil, Quebec, had a heart attack Monday, The Montreal Gazette said Saturday night.
Worsley began his NHL career in 1952-53, when he won the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year with the New York Rangers. He helped Montreal win four Stanley Cup titles in 10 seasons with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and finished his career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1973-74 -- playing his final six games with a mask.
"He was a terrific goaltender," former North Stars teammate Lou Nanne said. "If I could pick any goalie to win a big game, it would be Gump."
Gump Worsley was Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, and his record was 335-352-150 with a 2.88 goals-against average, 43 shutouts in 861 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he was 40-26 with a 2.78 GAA and five shutouts.
"He was one of the first real characters in the NHL. He had a lot of personality and really showed the human side of the game," Nanne said. "He didn't look like an athlete and smoked like a chimney between periods, but he was terrific when he put the pads on."
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