On October 11, 1953 Gatherum replaced injured Terry Sawchuk to record a shutout in his NHL debut for Detroit 4-0 win over Toronto. He then played on Oct 16, & 17 for Detroit. Terry return form injury and Gatherum returned to minors having 2 wins, and 1 tie. He also set an NHL that he still holds today the longest shutout sequence by a goaltender to start a career 100.21 min Oct 11-16, 1953. He was recalled for playoffs as a spare goaltender and got his name on the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1954. Gatherum would have never play in NHL again. He spent the rest of his career playing in the minors or senior hockey until retiring after 1959 season.