On this day in Bruins history, a certain “No. 1” goaltender for the B’s truly faced a career accomplishment… pun and puck intended as perfectly-if-not-painfully pictured above!
That’s right, on February 8th, 1958 on the road at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Harry Lumley notched his 300th career win between the pipes, becoming –at the time– only the 2nd goaltender in NHL history to do so.
While Lumley’s career in the Black N’ Gold, or at that time in the late 50’s the Gold N’ Black (those were some colorfully classic sweaters), only lasted three seasons, he amassed an impressive list of NHL accomplishments, including a Vezina Trophy with the Leafs and a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.
His career summary on NHL.com lists the following “fun facts” on the Canadian goaltender:
“Harry Lumley made his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 1943, and set a league record that still stands. With some players serving overseas during World War II, a shortage of goalies created the opening for Lumley to become the youngest goalie to play in the NHL when the 17-year-old played for the Detroit Red Wings in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
The native of Owen Sound, Ontario went on to play 16 seasons in the NHL for the Red Wings (1943-50), Rangers (1943), Chicago Black Hawks (1950-52), Toronto Maple Leafs (1952-56) and Boston Bruins (1957-60).
A 1980 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lumley went 330-329 with 142 ties, a 2.74 goals-against average and 71 shutouts in 803 NHL regular-season games.”NHL.com
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