Hockey History: Lorne Chabot(sky)

The NHL is very rich in history, from great players, to great expansions the NHL has long been a staple mark for entertainment. Many great Hockey players played in the early years of the NHL and their play went undocumented. Unlike now, media didn’t have social networking to spread news of how great ones performance was on any given night. In this installment of Hockey History we will be taking a look at one of the greatest goal tenders to play the game, Lorne Chabot. 

Lorne Chabot, also known as “Chabotsky”, yes like Robin Scherbatsky from HIMYM, revolutnized the goal tending position. Chabotsky stood 6’1 and weighed 185 pounds, he was the tallest goaltender in the league. He filled the entire net and made it hard for players to score. Chabotsky made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers on November 27th, 1926. Chabotsky posted a 2-0 shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After fighting for Canada on the western front in the first World War, and subsequent stint in the Royal Canadian mounted police, Chabotsky came to the attention of Conn Smythe when he backstopped Port Arthur to two Allan Cup Championships. Smythe, the man not the trophy, made Chabotsky the centerpiece of the first New York Rangers team. Soon the teams first press agent, Johnny Bruno, proposed on changing Lorne Chabot’s name completely to “Lorne Chabotsky”. But the General Manager, Lester Patrick, was furious with the idea and squashed it to pieces. Patrick become very angry with Bruno for changing Chabot’s name in the Game reports to Chabotsky. Patrick was furious, and soon fired Bruno and Chabotsky for proposing to kidnap the Rangers captain and returning him right before the game to create media attention. Conn Smythe then picked up Chabotsky for the Leafs in 1928-29. Chabot posted a 1.61 GAA and had twelve shutouts in just 43 games. He led the Leafs to the Stanley Cup in 1932 and won the Vezina trophy, awarded to the best goaltender in the NHL, in 1935. He was later then inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.


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