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Hall of Fame goalie Worsley dies

Hall of Fame goalie Worsley dies

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.
Worsley, who died at his home in Beloeil, had a heart attack Monday, The Montreal Gazette said Saturday night.
Worsley began his NHL career in 1952-53, winning 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 Canadiens and finished his career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1973-74 _ playing only 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."
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, Worsley 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.
"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."