Harry Lumley (ice hockey)
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1980|
November 11, 1926|
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
|Died||September 13, 1998(aged 71)|
|Height||6 ft 00 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Lumley—known as "Apple Cheeks" -- grew up playing local minor sports, but took quickly to hockey and wound up being a top notch goalkeeper. Lumley starred for several years with the Owen Sound Mercurys and later with the Owen Sound Orphans (who were called that because they could not find a sponsor) and then the Barrie Colts. He also played with the Indianapolis Capitals of the American Hockey League, a minor league team of the Detroit Red Wings.
Lumley made his professional debut in the National Hockey League, however, with the New York Rangers in the 1943–44 season, when he was loaned to the Rangers for a single game. He was (and remains) the youngest goaltender to play in the NHL, as he was 17 years old.
In the 1950 playoffs, Lumley led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship, recording three shutouts and a 1.85 GAA in fourteen games. After his performance, however, Jack Adams traded Lumley to the Chicago Black Hawks; Terry Sawchuk became the new goaltender for the Red Wings.
After playing with the Chicago Black Hawks for two seasons, he was again traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1953–54 season, Lumley won the Vezina Trophy, presented annually to the NHL's best goalie, with a GAA of 1.86. His 13 shutouts that year was a modern National Hockey League record that stood until Chicago's Tony Esposito recorded 15 in 1969–70. Lumley was also named First All-Star Team Goaltender in the 7th National Hockey League All-Star Game.
In 1956, Lumley was traded back to Chicago. He refused to play in Chicago and played the next 3 years in the American Hockey League. He played with the Buffalo Bisons and the Providence Reds. Lumley would return to the National Hockey League in 1957 with the Boston Bruins. He played irregularly with them from 1957 to 1960 as he rotated his duties with Don Simmons. He would play one final season with the Winnipeg Warriors in the Western Hockey League.
After a long and successful stint with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins, Lumley finished his playing career with the Boston Bruins. He retired after the 1959–60 NHL season with 330 wins, 329 losses, 142 ties, and a 2.76 GAA. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980. After retiring, Lumley was a longtime co-owner of the successful Orangeville Raceway. He died on September 13, 1998, of a heart attack.
Lumley originated the tactic of making a pocket at shin level in goalie pads so pucks would drop straight on the ice instead of deflecting off them to an opponent.
The community centre in his hometown of Owen Sound, where he continued to live after retiring, was renamed in his honour prior to his death. It is now officially known as the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Awards and achievements
- Stanley Cup Championship (1950)
- Played in 1951, 1954, 1955 NHL All-Star Game
- NHL First All-Star Team Goalie (1954 & 1955)
- Vezina Trophy Winner (1954)
|1943-44||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||2||0||2||0||120||13||0||6.50|
|1943-44||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||20||0||0||0.00|
|1944-45||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||37||24||10||3||2220||119||1||3.22|
|1945-46||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||50||20||20||10||3000||159||2||3.18|
|1946-47||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||52||22||20||10||3120||159||3||3.06|
|1947-48||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||60||30||18||12||3592||147||7||2.46|
|1948-49||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||60||34||19||7||3600||145||6||2.42|
|1949-50||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||33||16||14||3780||148||7||2.35|
|1950-51||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||64||12||41||10||3785||246||3||3.90|
|1951-52||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||17||44||9||4180||241||2||3.46|
|1952-53||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||27||30||13||4200||167||10||2.39|
|1953-54||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||32||24||13||4140||128||13||1.86|
|1954-55||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||23||24||22||4140||134||8||1.94|
|1955-56||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||59||21||28||10||3527||157||3||2.67|
|1944-45||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||14||7||7||871||31||2||2.14|
|1945-46||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||5||1||4||310||16||1||3.10|
|1947-48||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||10||4||6||600||30||0||3.00|
|1948-49||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||11||4||7||726||26||0||2.15|
|1949-50||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||14||8||6||910||28||3||1.85|
|1953-54||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||5||1||4||321||15||0||2.80|
|1954-55||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||4||0||4||240||14||0||3.50|
|1955-56||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||5||1||4||304||13||1||2.57|
- Harry Lumley's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Harry Lumley's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Picture of Harry Lumley's Name on the 1950 Stanley Cup Plaque
- Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy