Roy Worters

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Roy Worters
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1969
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Born (1900-10-19)October 19, 1900
Toronto, ON, CAN
Died November 7, 1957(1957-11-07) (aged 57)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Americans
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Pirates
Playing career 1925–1937

Roy "Shrimp" Worters[1] (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario – November 7, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) was a Canadian professional Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for recording 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Before his NHL career, Worters spent several years in amateur and senior leagues, spending the 1923–24 and 1924–25 seasons as the star netminder for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the Yellow Jackets to championships both seasons. Bolstered by the success, the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates joined the NHL the following season, with Worters in goal and substantially the same lineup as the Yellow Jackets. Worters proved an iron man, playing three seasons for the Pirates and in virtually all of their games, showing great skill while backstopping a weak defensive team; in the Pirates' first season, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots (setting a then-NHL record) in a 3–1 loss to the Americans.

Worters refused to sign with the Pirates for the 1927–28 season, and was suspended briefly before being traded to the Americans, for whom he would spend the rest of his career (save for a single game on loan to the Canadiens in 1930). His first season with the Americans saw Worters becoming the first goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy with a minuscule 1.15 goals against average as he led the Americans to second place in the Canadian Division, after the team finishing in last place the year before.

During his stint with the New York Americans he had a corps of large defenceman to guard him, such as Lionel Conacher - who grew up in the same Toronto neighbourhood as Worters - Bullet Joe Simpson and "Red" Dutton. However, the perennially-weak Americans would make the playoffs only once more during Worters' career, although he would win the Vezina Trophy in 1930–31 as the league's best goaltender. During the ensuing contract negotiations following the season, Worters signed for $8,500 per season, an unprecedented sum for a goalie. He became the first goalie in NHL history to record back to back shutouts in his first two games for a new team.

While with the Americans, he was named team captain for the 1932–33 season.

In 1937, Worters needed hernia surgery and retired following the season. Roy Worters died of throat cancer on November 7, 1957. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1918-19 Parkdale Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 8 7 1 0 480 22 0 2.75
1919-20 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 3 3 0 0 180 14 0 4.67
1920-21 Porcupine Gold Miners GBHL 10 7 2 1 630 27 0 2.57
1923-24 Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets USAHA 20 15 5 0 1225 25 7 1.23
1924-25 Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets USAHA 39 25 10 4 1895 34 17 0.81
1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 35 18 16 1 2145 68 7 1.90
1926-27 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 44 15 26 3 2711 108 4 2.39
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 44 19 17 8 2740 76 10 1.66
1928-29 New York Americans NHL 38 16 12 10 2390 46 13 1.15
1929-30 New York Americans NHL 36 11 21 4 2270 135 2 3.57
1929-30 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00
1930-31 New York Americans NHL 44 18 16 10 2760 74 8 1.61
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 40 12 20 8 2459 110 5 2.68
1932-33 New York Americans NHL 47 15 22 10 2970 116 5 2.34
1932-33 Quebec Castors Can-Am 1 0 1 0 60 3 0 3.00
1933-34 New York Americans NHL 36 12 13 10 2240 75 4 2.01
1934-35 New York Americans NHL 48 12 27 9 3000 142 3 2.84
1935-36 New York Americans NHL 48 16 25 7 3000 122 3 2.44
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 23 6 14 3 1430 69 2 2.90
NHL totals 484 171 229 83 30,175 1143 66 2.27

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1918-19 Parkdale Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 2 1 1 0 120 6 0 3.00
1919-20 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 7 7 0 0 420 25 0 3.57
1920-21 Porcupine Gold Miners GBHL 2 0 2 0 120 10 0 5.00
1923-24 Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets USAHA 13 9 3 1 840 12 5 0.86
1924-25 Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets USAHA 8 6 1 1 400 8 1 1.20
1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 2 0 1 1 120 6 0 3.00
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 2 1 1 0 120 6 0 3.00
1928-29 New York Americans NHL 2 0 1 1 150 1 1 0.40
1935-36 New York Americans NHL 5 2 3 0 300 11 2 2.20
NHL totals 11 3 6 2 690 24 3 2.09

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rayner Named MVP in NHL". The Pittsburgh Press. 1950-05-09. p. 35. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Howie Morenz
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1929
Succeeded by
Nels Stewart
Preceded by
Cecil Thompson
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1931
Succeeded by
Charlie Gardiner