|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1966|
September 26, 1915|
Eveleth, MN, USA
|Died||November 11, 1998(aged 83)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets
Francis Charles "Mister Zero" Brimsek (September 26, 1915 — November 11, 1998) was an American professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League.
He played his first game for the Bruins in Montreal December 1, 1938, and the Bruins were beaten, 2·0. He played his second game at Chicago, December 4, and won, 5-0. His first game in Boston was December 6 in which he shut out Chicago, 2-0. He went to New York on December 11 and shut out the Rangers, 3-0.
Prior to the Bruins, Brimsek played goal at Eveleth High, where he succeeded Mike Karakas, at St. Cloud’s Teacher's College, now St. Cloud State University, and for the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets. He trained with the Bruins at Hershey, Pennsylvania, in 1937, and was optioned to the Providence Reds for the season. He trained again with the Bruins in the fall of 1938.
He notched 10 shutouts in his first season, earning him the nickname "Mr. Zero." He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year, and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 1938-39, and again in 1940-41.
In 1943, the Second World War interrupted Brimsek's career, and he joined the Coast Guard. He played on the Coast Guard "Cutters" hockey team and then served aboard a Coast Guard supply ship in the Pacific until the end of the war.
He resumed his career with the Bruins in 1945-46 and played with them until 1948-49, when he was sold to the Chicago Black Hawks where he played his final year in the NHL. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 (the first American NHL player to earn HHOF membership) and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. In 1998, shortly before his death, he was ranked number 67 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
Despite the success of Thompson and Brimsek, both of whom were elected to the Hall of Fame and wore uniform number 1, the Bruins are the only one of the NHL's "Original Six" teams not to have retired the number (or, in the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, hung banners indicating it is an "Honoured Number" while leaving it in circulation).
An annual award given to the top high school goaltender in the state of Minnesota is given in Brimsek's honor. Brimsek, who won 252 games, held the record for winningest American-born netminder until Tom Barrasso of the Pittsburgh Penguins broke his long-held record on February 15, 1994.
Awards and achievements
- Calder Memorial Trophy (1939).
- Stanley Cup (1939, 1941).
- NHL First All-Star Team goalie (1939, 1942).
- Vezina Trophy (1939, 1942).
- NHL Second All-Star Team goalie (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948).
- NHL All-Star Games (1947, 1948).
- Inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.
- Inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.
- In 1998, he was ranked number 67 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
|1949–50||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||22||38||10||4200||244||5||3.49|
- Frank Brimsek's biography at Legends of Hockey
- The Frank Brimsek Award
- Frank Brimsek's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy