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CHARLIE HODGE (1954-1967)

Charlie
Hodge

1952-1963
Position G
Catch L
Weight 150lbs
Height 5'6"
Date of birth July 28th, 1933
Place of birth Lachine, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 10
Other numbers 24
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 237 13776 115 72 40 0 564 21 2.46
1954-1955 14 820 6 4 4 0 31 1 2.27
1957-1958 12 720 8 2 2 0 31 1 2.58
1958-1959 2 120 1 1 0 0 6 0 3.00
1959-1960 1 60 0 1 0 0 3 0 3.00
1960-1961 30 1800 18 8 4 0 74 4 2.47
1963-1964 62 3720 33 18 11 0 140 8 2.26
1964-1965 53 3180 26 16 10 0 135 3 2.55
1965-1966 26 1301 12 7 2 0 56 1 2.58
1966-1967 37 2055 11 15 7 0 88 3 2.57
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 16 804 7 8 0 32 2 2.39
1954-1955 4 84 1 2 0 6 0 4.29
1963-1964 7 420 3 4 0 16 1 2.29
1964-1965 5 300 3 2 0 10 1 2.00

DESPITE HIS SMALL STATURE, CHARLIE HODGE SHONE AS JACQUES PLANTE’S REPLACEMENT, WINNING TWO VEZINA TROPHIES IN THE 1960S.

Charlie Hodge’s decade-long struggle to make a place for himself in the NHL got off to a good start. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound netminder was born in Lachine, Quebec and spent four years starring for the Junior Canadiens from 1949 to 1953. In 1950, the team, coached by Sam Pollock and Billy Rea, won the Memorial Cup as Canada’s top junior squad.

Hodge turned pro in the fall of 1953 and was sent to the Habs’ IHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Mohawks. The rookie netminder posted a 2.34 goals-against average and put up 10 regular season shutouts. Hodge blanked his opponents twice more in the postseason, more than pulling his own weight as the Mohawks captured the Turner Cup.

For the next nine years, Hodge lived out of his suitcase with a single impediment standing between him and one of the six jobs between the pipes with an NHL team – Jacques Plante. Most years, Hodge divided his time between two or three teams, occasionally getting the call to the big club to substitute for an injured Plante. He played 59 games as a replacement; Montreal won 33 of them and tied 10 others.

With Jacques Plante’s departure, Hodge finally had a shot at the starting job. He made the most of his opportunity and spent the next four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. With cat-like reflexes and the flexibility of a rag doll, Hodge’s time in Montreal saw him emerge as one of the best backstops in Canadiens history.

Hodge’s stats for the 1963-64 season were virtually identical to those he had compiled as a part-timer, when he first filled in with the team during 1954-55. They were good enough to earn him the Vézina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie. The following year, the 31-year-old Hodge claimed his first Stanley Cup as he led the Canadiens to the franchise’s 13th championship.

Another Cup followed in the spring of 1966. So did a second Vézina Trophy, this one shared with veteran “Gump” Worsley. Hodge played 37 games for the Habs in 1966-67, dividing the chore with both Worsley and promising newcomer Rogatien Vachon in the final year of the six-team NHL.

Picked up by the expansion Oakland Seals, Hodge handled the bulk of the netminding duties in 1967-68, one of the few bright spots on a lacklustre team. When the NHL expanded once again prior to the 1970-71 campaign, the Vancouver Canucks drafted the veteran netminder. In his final NHL campaign, Hodge came out on the winning side 15 times, losing only 13 games for a team that lost 22 games more than it won.

Charlie Hodge played 237 regular season games as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, eighth among all goaltenders. His 117 wins are good for ninth place on the all-time list and his 21 shutouts rank eighth among Montreal goalies. Hodge’s 2.46 career goals-against average sits seventh-best among those who strapped on the pads to defend the Canadiens’ net.