George Gardner (ice hockey)

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George Gardner
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Born (1942-10-08)October 8, 1942
Lachine, QC, CAN
Died November 6, 2006(2006-11-06) (aged 64)
Florida, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Sharks
Playing career 1963–1974

George Edward "Bud" Gardner (October 8, 1942 – November 6, 2006) was the first-ever goaltender for the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks.[1] Gardner played for the Canucks after breaking into the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings. With the Wings, Gardner had to compete with Roger Crozier and Roy Edwards for playing time. In Vancouver, he played in 42 games over two seasons before jumping to the new World Hockey Association. In 1972-73, he spent much of the season as the number 1 goalie for the Los Angeles Sharks, and teamed with Russ Gillow to help the Sharks to a 3rd place finish and allow the 3rd fewest goals in the WHA.[2]

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