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Former Habs goalie Lorne (Gump) Worsley passes away

Saturday, 27.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Former Habs goalie Lorne (Gump) Worsley passes away
MONTREAL (CP-AP) -- Hall of Fame goaltender Lorne (Gump) Worsley passed away Friday at age 77 at his home in Beloeil, Que.

Worsley played 21 years in the NHL with New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars.

"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.

"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. He didn't look like an athlete and smoked like a chimney between periods, but he was terrific when he put the pads on."

The five-foot-seven Worsley won the Calder Trophy in 1952-53 and led the Rangers to the post-season in four of the ten seasons he played there.

Worsely was dealt to his hometown Canadiens in 1963 along with Leon Rochefort, Dave Balon and Len Ronson for Jacques Plante, Phil Goyette and Donny Marshall.

While with Montreal, he led the Canadiens to four Stanley Cups in seven seasons.

After a brief retirement in 1969, Worsley came back and played four seasons with the expansion Minnesota North Stars.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980. He was 335-352-150 with a 2.88 goals-against average and 43 shutouts in 861 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he was 40-26 with a 2.78 GAA and five shutouts.