Friday, November 11, 2011

Today in history: November 11

1942: Bill Jennings scores four goals in 8-2 Capitals win over the Providence Reds. His first two goals came 2:10 into the game. 

Harry Lumley: One of the great goaltenders in NHL history, Lumley broke in with the Capitals, where he began his pro career in 1943 as a 16-year-old rookie in the midst of WWII. "Apple Cheeks" played two years with the Caps. He was 19-18-15 with a 2.84 GAA in 1943-44, and then 11-5-5 with two shutouts and a 2.14 GAA the following year in 21 games. All told, he played 73 games for the Caps. He was called up to Detroit for good partway through the 1944-45 season and led the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Finals that year. He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 1943, playing two games, and was the youngest goaltender in NHL history. He backstopped three straight finals appearances with the Wings from 1948-50, finally winning the Stanley Cup in 1950. However, he was traded that off-season to Chicago because the Wings had Terry Sawchuk ready. He played the next six seasons with Chicago and Toronto, and was the First Team All-Star goaltender with the Leafs in both 1954 and 1955, with season GAAs of 1.84 and 1.96, respectively. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1954. However, the Leafs went 2-12 in the playoffs from 1954-56, and Lumley was sent down to the AHL in 1956. He made one more return to the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1959-60 before retiring in 1961. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he was born in 1926 and passed away in 1998. 
Rene LeClerc: Racers center from 1975 through the franchise's folding early in the 1978-79 season, LeClerc played 190 games in Indianapolis, tallying 60 goals and 73 assists in that time. His best year was 1976-77, where he had 25 goals and 30 assists to help lead the Racers to a playoff spot and their only playoff series win in history. He played all 16 postseason games in Racers history, with three goals and four assists. LeClerc broke into the NHL with the Red Wings in 1968-69, but made his mark in the WHA, starting with the Quebec Nordiques in 1972 and then with the Racers three years later. He had 134 goals and 177 assists in 432 WHA games, and 144 goals in 539 NHL/WHA games. He retired after the 1978-79 season, which he finished with the Nordiques. A native of Vanier, Quebec, he is 64.  
Paul Hoganson: "Hoagie" was one of several Racers goaltenders in 1976-77, coming over from the Cincinnati Stingers later in the year. He had a 3-2-0 record in 11 games that year, with a 3.65 GAA. He started five playoff games, and was the winning goaltender in the longest game in WHA history, a 4-3 triple-overtime victory over the Stingers in the opening game of the playoffs. He made 56 saves in that game, which lasted All told, he started 143 WHA games and two NHL games between 1970-78, with a record of 44-73-4. He retired in 1979. A native of Toronto, he is 62. 

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