So long, Gump Worsley

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As kids playing street hockey, we always referred to one of us playing goalie without a mask as “going Gumper.”
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The Hall of Famer, who was a Calder Trophy winner with the Rangers and didn’t wear a mask until the final season of his career, “died yesterday at 77″:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=193916&hubname=nhl, depriving hockey of yet another link to its gritty past.

So long, Gumper. I might have to take one in the melon just for you.

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  1. Unlike other sports, pro hockey players know about the guys who came before them. I remeber when Gump played for Montreal, vaguely when he was with the Rangers. An NHL icon that will be missed.

    I hope that fans, especially those who contribute to this blog, will take a little time to learn more about the history of the game, league and players.

    Rest in peace,Gump, and those guys who have gone before you now have another guy in the nets.

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    Going Gumper, that’s really funny and a great tribute.

    He not only didn’t wear a mask until his final season, but it was only for the final 6 games of his career.

  3. I loved the Gump. Always remember when I asked him at an Iceland practice I attended, which team gave him the most trouble? Without hesitation, his answer was the New York Rangers!!

    Never forgot that.

  4. Longtimerangerfan on

    I hope that fans, especially those who contribute to this blog, will take a little time to learn more about the history of the game, league and players.

    I agree with Mike V. How many people know that a minor PP used to last the full two minutes no matter how many goals were scored but the NHL had to change it because Les Habs (habitual winners?) scored too many?
    Also, how the Rangers got their name from their first owner, Tex Reichert.
    And that the NHL adopted the “instigator” rule partly because of the “Broad Street Bullies” (Flyers) and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz as he would skate off the bench over to an opposing player, even before play started, and sucker punch him and both would get five for fighting.
    And last, but not least, how the Stanley Cup was drop kicked into a river by a drunken player and had to be retrieved the next morning after he sobered up.
    The NHL has a long and rich history well worth learning about and Gump Worsley was a big part of it.

  5. Longtimerangerfan on

    And last, but not least, how the Stanley Cup was drop kicked into a river by a drunken player and had to be retrieved the next morning after he sobered up.

    Obviously the cup wasn’t as we see it now but merely the very top of the current trophy. The real cup is locked in a vault in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto which incidentally is a “must” see in my opinion. I’ve been there twice and would love to go again.

  6. I think if Callahan is not called up soon, Im gonna be pretty mad. This kid played awesome hockey last night. Now a few of us got to see how good Ryan is and how dumb the organizition is. They say he isnt ready but he is so dominant in the AHL he has nothing left to prove. He has 29 goals in 43 games. If he plays half of the way he has been he will break 45 goals. If he plays at this rate he will hit 50-55.

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s not just that he’s scoring, its the EASE at which he is doing it. The best play he made last night was actually stopped by a defenseman stopping the puck on the goal line. He caught a pass right in front of the goal and instead of one timing it, he showed patience. The goalie was moving across as fast as he could to stop the onetimer and Callahan instead toe-dragged the puck across the other side, leaving the goaltender flopping on his back like a fish. Callahan got to the puck up on his back hand, it nicked the goalie’s glove, mmeanwhile a defenseman had gone behind the goaltender and stopped the puck from crossing the line. Pure patience and goal scoring instincts. Unbelievable.

  8. Longtimerangerfan

    * 1st Ranger GM (assembled the original squad); Conn Smythe (canned just before the season opened by Tex RICKARD (who hired Lester Patrick).

    For an absolutely unauthorized/unpasteurized history and shocking view of the NHL (and many of its legendary figures) read “Net Worth” by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths).

    Unbelievable treatment of players resulted in their attempts to form a players’ association and the ways the owners combated that effort.

    (This book is out of print but is available in hard copy and paperback – check out used and out-of-print bookdealers on the web.)

    Another must-read (which could easily be titled “Net Worth 2″) is “Game Misconduct: Alan Eagleson and the Corruption of Hockey” by Russ Conway (saw this one on barnes and noble’s site.

    Another good one is by Fischler (of all people) “Metro Ice” – all about the history of hockey in the NY area.

    Richly illustrated.

  9. Callahan had over 50 goals last year at Guelph. So he knows how to score. My guess is the Ranger brASS’s excuse will be “he’s too small”. It worked with Immo’s “slow foot speed” crap. After all, they are “the deciders”.

    Good omen: Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle played junior at Guelph.

  10. Last word on Immonen’s foot speed: he’s faster than Luc Robitaille. Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. Enough said.

    Ranger management must go. All of it.

  11. I’m not all right with the management’s treatment of the players we have in the minors, and it sounds like Callahan should be called up post-haste, but to equate Immo with Luc Robitaille only because they both had/have lack-of-speed reputations is unfair to Robitaille and unrealistic about Immo. Robitaille had huge, huge points in the minors and scored 45 goals as a rookie. In the NHL games this year, playing with future hall of famer Brendan Shanahan, Immo didn’t seem that impressive.

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    “Last word on Immonen’s foot speed: he’s faster than Luc Robitaille. Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. Enough said.”

    That’s the most retarded argument in history. Jason Krog is faster than both of them. Does that mean he is any good? Robitaille also played in the clutch and grab days of the NHL, when it was OK to be slow.

    He’s also not a Hall of Famer yet, although concededly he will get in the first year that he is eligible.

    Jason Allison is about the same speed as Jarkko Immonen. Unsigned Jason Allison who remains unsigned despite the fact that he’s a proven playmaking center and about 6 teams are ready to trade away their futures to land Peter Forsberg.

  13. I remember listening to a ranger game on the radio years ago,worsley’s head got cut in a play around the net the game was delayed about 20 minutes while his scalp got stitched up and the crowd roar upon his return in the net ,they had no spare goalies in the day except for red light messina,and they still lost .

  14. The Rangers have had some great goaltenders over the years, and Worsley is one of them. In terms of the Rangers, he holds several distinctions with the franchise amongst goaltenders:

    Seasons: 10 – 4th
    Games: 582 – 2nd
    Wins: 204 – 3rd
    Losses: 271 – 1st
    Ties: 101 – 1st
    Goals Against: 1787 – 2nd
    Shutouts – 24 – 4th=

    And that was before he went to Montreal and won all those cups.

  15. Jarkop’s foot speed didn’t seem to hurt his play on the bigger ice in the SM Liga. If he was so slow then why did the Rangers trade Leetch for him? Did they do any scouting on him? Its a lame excuse because the league is full of guys slower than Immonen but you don’t hear there coaches telling the press “there slow” Only with the Rangers do they lower a players value by labeling him before he plays. Immonen and Malhotra come to mind.

  16. If the Rangers lose to the Bruins a team chasing them then the Flyers win is a washout in my book.

  17. Sam,

    in your opinion what do you make of the Brett Hull quote doing the rounds about “Shanny begging the Rangers to acquire Forsberg to be his center”? Is this just someone putting words in Brett’s mouth or was this something he actually said. I didn’t see all of the All-Star game but what i did see of Hull he was offering a decent insight.
    I also saw something about us inquiring about Ladislav Nagy – any mileage in that one….?

    p.s. i’m not saying we should be – i really like the move to bring up Girardi, i hope Callahan and Dubinsky come soon (at the expense of Krog and Hall)

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    tsalad: first of all, Malhotra just isn’t good. he was just a bad draft pick.

    Second of all, though the ive surface is bigger in Finland, the level of play isn’t as good either. The game is slower than the NHL, so being slow isn’t as detrimental.

    Lastly, when they acquired him in the Leetch trade, it was pre lockout in the height of clutch and grab. Being slow wasn’t as detrimental. Look at all of the veterans who instantly became washed up once the lockout ended because they were too slow to compete. Great example at center: Dave Andreychuk. 2003-2004 he leads his team to the Stanley Cup. scored 20 goals. Retired halfway through 2005-2006.

    Look at Brett Hull. 65+ pts in 03-04. Retired 5 games into 05-06.

    And while Allison had good numbers in 05-06, he was such a defensive liability because of how slow he was that he still remains unsigned, even though a bunch of teams are willing to cut off their feet and try and sew them onto Forsberg so they can squeeze 30 or 40 games from his destroyed body.

  19. Both Hull and Andreychuk were 40 or over when they quit. They were done new rules or old rules.

  20. My point wasn’t that malhotra was bad my point was and is only the Rangers degrade a player before they give him a chance. They lower that players trade value by saying publicly that the player is in Malhotra’s case, a third line center at best, was Mucklers quote. Now they have done the same with Immonen. Good organizations don’t publicly lower the value of there players regardless of there abilities but the Rangers do it.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    OK, I see the Malhotra point now, it wasn’t very clear before. But I don’t think anyone would’ve been fooled had Muckler said something different. Malhotra was and is terrible.

    As for Immonen, I’m not saying he’s a bad player, I think he’s got great potential for his intelligence and vision. However, I can understand management’s concern with his speed. But speed is a fundamental problem that can’t really be fixed. If they really feel that he is too slow then that’s a serious flaw that will mae it hard for him to ever get a real shot. If they don’t want to give him that real shot, they should trade him ASAP, before his value gets any lower, and it lowers every day older that he gets.

    Girardi and Pock’s call ups ahead of Lampman have effectively closed his window if he can’t make the team out of camp next season. Immonen’s is closing fast.

  22. Doodie:

    When Immo was given a shot at the 2nd line center spot, we reeled off 5 straight wins.

    I’m not saying that he was the only reason for it, but he certainly helped with his smart positional play. And he’s a better passer than anyone of our centers except possibly Nylander.

    I’ll take brains over foot speed any day. Just think of Rico Fata. Case closed.

  23. Immonen had a very good year in the SM Liga during the lockout when the league was full of NHL players. He showed he could play vs them and it was one of the reasons he got a deal for the next season. He was Pack MVPO last season and then what he gets 11 games this season and that’s that? I don’t get it but I don’t get genius Renney at all.

    After the top 4 every player is playing one line up from where they should play and where they would play on a good team.

  24. I think they should give Immonen another shot at center too…however, saying the SM-Liiga was full of NHLers during the lockout is stretching the truth a bit. The majority of NHLers who played in the SM-Liiga during the lockout were 3rd/4th liners and guys who would be considered journeymen.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    I agree with Tobey.

    Baron, you neglect to mention they lost 6 in a row afterwards, starting with the 9-2 drubbing at Toronto.

  26. “”Sam,

    in your opinion what do you make of the Brett Hull quote doing the rounds about “Shanny begging the Rangers to acquire Forsberg to be his centerâ€?? Is this just someone putting words in Brett’s mouth or was this something he actually said. “”
    …………….

    Shanny never said anything of the kind. Sam has had the quotes all along, and they never included any such comments. that is big mouth Brett Hull putting HIS spin on it.

  27. tsalad – the Rangers also got a 1st rd pick in the Leetch deal and Kondriatiav (sp?) as well. Immonen (almost 25 yrs old) was an 8th rounder in the 2002 draft (and I know all about Prucha and Henrik) when drafted by Toronto.

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