We've recently had a few dust-ups involving goaltenders, which got me wondering two questions:
- Who was the first goalie to get a fighting major?
- When was the first time a goalie fought another goalie?
Whenever I have a history question concerning goalies, I always turn to Sebastien Tremblay, author of Goaltenders: The Expansion Years (1967-1979) and curator of the excellent website www.goaltenders.info
Here is what I learned:
- Tremblay warned me that he is still going through all the newspaper archives to properly update the records. The earliest incident of a goalie getting a fighting major according to his records: Toronto's Harry "Apple Cheeks" Lumley, pictured above, fought Detroit defenseman Marcel Pronovost on Christmas Day, 1954.
- The earliest goalie vs. goalie fight that Tremblay is aware of came on April 5th, 1969 when Montreal's Gump Worsley and New York's Ed Giacomin had an apparent disagreement in this playoff game.
I will be sure to update this post if I learn of any earlier goalie fighting incidents.