Ross Wilson (ice hockey)

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Ross Ingram "Lefty" Wilson (October 15, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario – November 4, 2002 in Naples, Florida) was a Canadian ice hockey player.

Wilson was a trainer for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL from 1950–1982. He won 4 Stanley Cup Championships with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. He was one of the early pioneers of the goaltender's protective face mask, making the iconic mask that Terry Sawchuck wore, among the many others that he made for pro and top amateur goaltenders.

Wilson, who played goal in the Junior A, AHL and senior leagues, served as an emergency back-up goaltender for the Red Wings as well as for visiting teams, as was customary with many NHL trainers in the days before regular back-up goaltenders were carried on NHL team rosters. He played three total games in his career as the emergency goaltender. On October 10, 1953 he suited up for the Red Wings in relief for an injured Terry Sawchuk in a losing effort playing a total of 16 minutes for the Red Wings. On January 22, 1956 he suited up for the Toronto Maple Leafs replacing an injured Harry Lumley in another losing effort playing a total of 13 minutes and stopping nine shots for the Maple Leafs. On December 29, 1957 he suited up for the Boston Bruins replacing an injured Don Simmons in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie playing a total of 52 minutes allowing a goal and making 23 saves for the Bruins.

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