Chuck Rayner

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Chuck Rayner
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1973
Chuck Rayner.JPG
Born (1920-08-11)August 11, 1920
Sutherland, SK, CAN
Died October 6, 2002(2002-10-06) (aged 82)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Americans
New York Rangers
Playing career 1941–1953

Claude Earl "Charlie, Chuck" Rayner (August 11, 1920 – October 6, 2002) was a Canadian professional hockey goaltender who played 9 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Americans and New York Rangers. He is an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Early life[edit]

Rayner was born August 11, 1920 in Sutherland, Saskatchewan.

Playing career[edit]

Playing his junior career for the Kenora Thistles of the Manitoba junior league, Rayner showed his skill early in backstopping the team to the Memorial Cup championship in 1940. The next season he turned professional for the Americans, spending most of the year with the Amerks' minor league affiliate, the Springfield Indians of the AHL. With the Indians, Rayner led the league in shutouts and goals against average and was named to the Second All-Star Team.

The following season Rayner was the leading goalie for the Americans' final season before folding. World War II interrupted Rayner's career, however, and he spent the next three years in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he played two seasons for naval teams based out of Victoria.

After the war, he signed as a free agent in 1945 with the Rangers. Rayner would be the starting goaltender for New York six of the next seven seasons, earning accolades for his play even though the Rangers' teams of the era were weak, and Rayner would never have a winning record. He was noted as a puckhandling goalie, attempting several times throughout his career to score a goal.

Even though he played on poor teams throughout his career, there was little doubt that "Bonnie Prince Charlie" was one of the best goalies of his era. The three years between 1948 and 1951 were his best, and he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1950, after leading the Rangers to overtime in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Post-NHL career[edit]

In 1953, Rayner lost his job as Rangers' starter to Gump Worsley. He played one more season in the minors for the Saskatoon Quakers of the Western Hockey League and a couple of brief stints in the senior leagues the two seasons thereafter before hanging up his skates for good.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973, the second goaltender in history to be inducted with a losing record.

Rayner died on October 6, 2002.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1936–37 Saskatoon Wesleys SJHL
1937–38 Kenora Thistles MJHL 22 1350 103 0 4.58
1938–39 Kenora Thistles MJHL 22 1350 64 0 2.84
1939–40 Kenora Thistles MJHL 24 15 5 4 1480 66 1 2.68
1940–41 New York Americans NHL 12 2 7 3 773 44 0 3.42
1940–41 Springfield Indians AHL 37 17 13 6 2280 87 6 2.29
1941–42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 36 13 21 2 2230 129 1 3.47
1941–42 Springfield Indians AHL 1 1 0 0 60 4 0 4.00
1942–43 Victoria Navy NNDHL 12 720 39 1 3.25
1943–44 Victoria Navy PCHL 18 1080 52 1 2.89
1943–44 Halifax RCAF HCHL
1945–46 New York Rangers NHL 40 12 21 7 2377 149 1 3.76
1946–47 New York Rangers NHL 58 22 30 6 3480 177 5 3.05
1947–48 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 7 0 691 42 0 3.65
1947–48 New Haven Ramblers AHL 15 7 6 2 900 40 0 2.67
1948–49 New York Rangers NHL 58 16 31 11 3480 168 7 2.90
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL 69 28 30 11 4140 181 6 2.62
1950–51 New York Rangers NHL 66 19 28 19 3940 187 2 2.85
1951–52 New York Rangers NHL 53 18 25 10 3180 159 2 3.00
1952–53 New York Rangers NHL 20 4 8 8 1200 58 1 2.90
1953–54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 68 31 28 9 4045 204 6 3.03
1954–55 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 2 120 4 0 2.00
1955–56 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 6 360 18 0 3.00
NHL totals 424 138 208 77 25,491 1294 25 3.05

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1936–37 Saskatoon Wesleys SJHL 3 3 0 180 4 0 1.33
1936–37 Saskatoon Wesleys M-Cup 9 7 2 550 20 2 2.18
1939–40 Kenora Thistles MJHL 9 540 18 0 2.00
1942–43 Victoria Navy NNDHL 6 2 4 370 29 0 4.70
1943–44 Victoria Navy PCHL 2 1 1 130 6 0 2.77
1943–44 Halifax RCAF Al-Cup 2 1 1 130 6 0 2.77
1947–48 New York Rangers NHL 6 2 4 360 17 0 2.83
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL 12 7 5 775 29 1 2.25
1953–54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 6 2 4 360 23 1 3.83
1954–55 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 1 1 0 60 2 0 2.00
NHL totals 18 9 9 1135 46 1 2.43

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Preceded by
Sid Abel
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1950
Succeeded by
Milt Schmidt