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November 02, 2012

Greatest Goalie In Canucks History? How About Gump Worsley?

So who is the greatest goalie in Canucks history? Roberto Luongo? Kirk McLean? How about Gump Worsley.

Okay, so the young Gumper played in Vancouver just one season, and it was not even the NHL Canucks.

In 1953-54 Gump Worsley played a full season in Vancouver. His 39-24-7 record with 2.40 GAA and 4 shutouts was so dominant he was named Most Valuable Player of the entire Western Hockey League.

Amazingly, the previous season Worsley had won the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey League's rookie of the year. He played admirably with the lowly New York Rangers in 1952-53. But come training camp in 1953 he would lose his job to a young upstart named Johnny Bower.

Of course back in those days teams only used one goalie all season long. So Worsley was dispatched out to Vancouver. He would regain the Rangers' net the following season and enjoy one of the lengthiest careers of any NHL goalies.

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