73: Kerr/Rayner/Worsley-NHL

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The New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s six original teams, and throughout their history, the one position the Rangers have been known for is goalie. They have had some of the most successful goalies in the game suit up for them, most recently Henrik Lundqvist. In fact, several who have worn the Rangers sweater have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. On this episode of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes, we’re going to go back in time and talk about three goalies in particular: Dave Kerr, Chuck Rayner and Lorne “Gump” Worsley. Sure, many might have heard of Gump, after all, his name is on the Stanley Cup several times as the man between the pipes for the Montreal Canadiens. But Gump first came up with the Rangers and he really never got along with management and New York traded him to Montreal. While with the Rangers, however, Worsley was the main reason why the team was competitive. Nonetheless, the Rangers still traded him. Long before Worsley played for New York, Dave Kerr was the man between the pipes and he famously led New York to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1940. After his playing days were over, Chuck Rayner played goalie for the Rangers. Chuck, however, never finished the season with a plus .500 record. Yet, Rayner was so good, he was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Three great goalies, three goalies many Rangers and hockey fans might not know much about. George Grimm, a Rangers historian, recently released a book, “Guardians of the Goal,” a historical look back at the men who minded the nets for New York, returns to Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for a wonderful discussion about these three New York goalies: Dave Kerr, Chuck Rayner and Gump Worsley.

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