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GEORGES VÉZINA (1910-1926)

Georges
Vézina

1952-1963
Position G
Catch L
Weight 185lbs
Height 5'6"
Date of birth January 21st, 1887
Place of birth Chicoutimi, QC, CAN
Deceased on March 27th, 1926
Seasons - MTL 16
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 328 20047 175 146 6 0 1144 15 3.42
1910-1911 16 980 8 8 0 0 62 0 3.80
1911-1912 18 1109 8 10 0 0 66 0 3.57
1912-1913 20 1217 11 9 0 0 81 1 3.99
1913-1914 20 1209 13 7 0 0 65 1 3.23
1914-1915 20 1254 6 14 0 0 81 0 3.88
1915-1916 24 1468 16 7 1 0 76 0 3.11
1916-1917 20 1218 10 10 0 0 80 0 3.94
1917-1918 21 1282 12 9 0 0 84 1 3.93
1918-1919 18 1117 10 8 0 0 78 1 4.19
1919-1920 24 1456 13 11 0 0 113 0 4.66
1920-1921 24 1441 13 11 0 0 99 1 4.12
1921-1922 24 1469 12 11 1 0 94 0 3.84
1922-1923 24 1488 13 9 2 0 61 2 2.46
1923-1924 24 1459 13 11 0 0 48 3 1.97
1924-1925 30 1860 17 11 2 0 56 5 1.81
1925-1926 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
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 26 1560 16 10 0 83 3 3.19
1913-1914 2 120 1 1 0 6 1 3.00
1915-1916 5 300 3 2 0 13 0 2.60
1916-1917 6 360 2 4 0 29 0 4.83
1917-1918 2 120 1 1 0 10 0 5.00
1918-1919 5 300 4 1 0 18 0 3.60
1922-1923 2 120 1 1 0 3 0 1.50
1923-1924 2 120 2 0 0 2 1 1.00
1924-1925 2 120 2 0 0 2 1 1.00

GEORGES VEZINA PLAYED 16 SEASONS WITH THE CANADIENS, BACKSTOPPING THE THE TEAM TO THE FRANCHISE’S FIRST-EVER STANLEY CUP, IN 1916.

Nicknamed “The Chicoutimi Cucumber” for his unflappable calm under fire, Georges Vézina, hockey’s original superstar goaltender, first attracted attention from the Canadiens when he backstopped his amateur team to a shutout over the Montreal squad, in town for an exhibition game.

Signed by the Habs in time for the 1910-11 season, Vézina led the National Hockey Association in goals-against average in his first two years in the league. In 1913-14 and 1915-16, the Canadiens finished atop the NHA standings, serving notice that they were a team to be reckoned with.

Vézina’s standout play, beginning in an era when goaltenders were forbidden to drop to the ice at the risk of a penalty, was instrumental in the Canadiens’ first Stanley Cup Championship, a best of three series they took from the Portland Rosebuds in 1916.

By the time the NHL began operations in the fall of 1917, the quiet, seemingly easy-going Vézina had established himself as the preeminent goaltender of his time. He led the new league’s netminders three times in goals-against average.

Vézina was the first NHL goaltender to register a shutout, blanking the Toronto Arenas 9-0 on February 18, 1918. In December of the same year, also against the Arenas, he became the first goaltender to be credited with a point in an NHL game. After Vézina turned away a shot from a Toronto attacker, Newsy Lalonde picked up the puck, went end to end, and buried the biscuit behind the opposing netminder with Vézina picking up an assist on the play.

In 1924, with the Chicoutimi Cucumber still between the pipes, the Canadiens fought off challenges from the Vancouver Millionaires and the Calgary Tigers to win their second Stanley Cup.

The Georges Vézina who turned up for training camp prior to the 1925-26 was not the same man who had held firm in front of his team’s goal for the past fifteen years. He struggled through training camp and, despite suffering from a high fever, took his place between the pipes on November 28 for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The first period was scoreless, the 38-year-old netminder not showing any sign of illness. Vézina collapsed in the dressing room but was revived and went back out for the second stanza. He collapsed once more and left the game, never to don his skates again.

Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Georges Vézina died in his hometown of Chicoutimi, Quebec four months after leaving the ice for the last time. His 328 consecutive regular season games established a goaltending record that stood for over thirty years.

The owners of the Montreal Canadiens funded the trophy that bears Vézina’s name and donated it to the NHL prior to the 1927-28 season. The inaugural winner of the league’s award for goaltending excellence was Vézina’s successor, George Hainsworth, the first of 12 Canadiens netminders to receive the trophy.

When the Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1945, Georges Vézina was deservedly among the original dozen men enshrined as Honored Members.