Robbie Irons

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Robbie Irons
Born (1946-11-19) November 19, 1946 (age 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
Playing career 1967–1981

Robert Richard Irons (born November 19, 1946) is a former National Hockey League and International Hockey League goaltender. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He played in three minutes and one second of one game in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues during the 1968–69 season. This occurred only because the Blues' starting goaltender, Glenn Hall, was ejected from a game before his replacement, Jacques Plante, was prepared to enter. Irons tended the net until Plante was able to take over.[1]

Irons shared with Christian Soucy the NHL record for the fewest career minutes by a goaltender.[2] He was surpassed on December 31, 2016 when Jorge Alves played 7.6 seconds in his only NHL game.

Irons played 11 seasons in the IHL with the Fort Wayne Komets, earning six selections to the All-Star team. His jersey number 30 is retired by the team.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After he retired as an active player, Irons went on to a long-time career as an analyst with the Komets' legendary play-by-play announcer, Bob Chase. Chase and Irons were a team that stayed together for 33 years before Chase's death in 2016.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Robbie Irons @
  2. ^ Weekes, Don (2003). The Unofficial Guide to Hockey's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 9781550549423. 
  3. ^ Deitsch, Richard (8 June 2015). "Bob Chase, Doc Emrick's inspiration, still calling games at 89 and loving it". Sports Illustrated. 

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