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Gerry Cheevers Biography

Cheevers’ professional hockey career began in 1956 at the age of 16 when he played for the St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey Association. He was owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs until the Boston Bruins drafted him in 1965. He spent six years in all in the minors until, by 1967 , he was the team’s number one goalie. He was a member of both the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup winning teams, gaining a reputation as a driven, “money” goaltender.

Cheevers’ unusual stitch-pattern goaltender mask came after he had been struck on it by a puck hard enough to have caused him injury if he had not been wearing one, and he had the team trainer paint on the mask the stitches he would have otherwise received. Ever after, any time he was similarly struck, he would have a new stitch-mark painted on. The mask became one of the most recognized of the era, and is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame .

In the fall of 1972, he jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association , playing three and a half seasons for the Cleveland Crusaders as one of the league’s best goalies, winning First Team All-Star honors in 1973 and Second Team honors in 1974 and 1975.

Returning to the Bruins during the 1976 season after financial disputes with Cleveland management, Cheevers finished out his playing career at the end of the 1980 season. After hanging up his pads, he became the Bruins’ coach, a position he held for four and a half seasons.

Cheevers was not afraid to stray from the crease both to cut down the shooter’s angle and to act as a “third defenseman”. He was very aggressive with opposing players who strayed into or near the crease. Not a “stand-up” goalie, Cheevers could often be found on his knees or even his side. His famous trademark was the stitches that he painted on his mask each time he stopped a puck with his face.

His cumulative NHL goals against average was 2.89. He recorded 230 NHL wins, played in 419 NHL games, and recorded 26 NHL shutouts. He was also second in the WHA’s history in career GAA and shutouts, despite playing in only half the league’s seasons.

Gerry Cheevers Stats

Awards

  • 1964-65 Harry (Hap) Holmes Memorial Award, which goes to the AHL goalie with the best goals against average.
  • Played in the 1969 NHL All-Star Game.
  • 1973 WHA First Team All-Star, won Ben Hatskin Award for best goaltender.
  • 1979-80 Runner-up for the NHL’s Vezina Memorial Trophy (Top goaltender).
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

International Play

  • 1974 Played for Team Canada at the Summit-74 series
  • 1976 Spare goaltender for Team Canada in the Challenge Cup
  • 1979 Played for NHL All Stars in the Challenge Cup vs. Team Soviet Union

Miscellaneous

Two bands have songs about Cheevers :

  • Cheeky Monkey included a song about on their 1997 album Four Arms To Hold You
  • Chixdiggit! included a song on their first album called “I feel like Gerry Cheevers (Stitch Marks on My Heart)”.
Season  Team  League  GP  MIN  GA  SO  GAA
1956-57 Toronto St. Mike’s OHA 1 0 0 0 60 4 0 4
1957-58 Toronto St. Mike’s OHA 1 0 0 0 60 3 0 3
1958-59 Toronto St. Mike’s OHA 6 0 0 0 360 28 0 4.67
1958-59 Toronto St. Mike’s OHA 36 18 13 5 2160 111 5 3.08
1959-60 Toronto St. Mikes OHA 36 18 13 5 5 3.08
1960-61 Toronto St. Mikes OHA 30 12 20 5 2 3.18
1960-61 Toronto St. Mikes OHA 9 7 2 0 1 2.33
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 5 2 2 1 0 4.2
1961-62  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds  EPHL  29 13 13 3 1 3.55
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 1 1 0 0 3
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 19 9 9 1 1 3.63
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 19 7 9 3 1 3.95
1962-63  Sudbury Wolves  EPHL  51 17 24 10 4 4.15
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 66 38 25 2 4359 195 3 2.84
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 72 48 21 3 5 2.68
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 4 1 0 6
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 30 16 9 5 3 2.49
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 22 5 10 6 1284 72 1 3.33
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 26 14 6 5 1 2.8
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 47 23 17 5 2646 125 3 2.83
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 52 28 12 12 3112 145 3 2.8
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 41 24 8 8 2384 108 4 2.72
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 40 27 8 5 2400 109 3 2.73
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 41 27 5 8 2420 101 2 2.5
1972-73 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 52 32 20 0 3144 149 5 2.84
1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 59 30 20 6 3562 180 4 3.03
1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 52 26 24 2 3076 167 4 3.26
1975-76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 28 11 14 1 1570 95 1 3.63
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 15 8 2 5 900 41 1 2.73
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 45 0 4 46 0 4 1
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 45 30 10 5 2700 137 3 3.04
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 21 10 5 2 1086 48 1 2.65
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 43 23 9 10 2509 132 1 3.16
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 42 24 11 7 2479 116 4 2.81

 

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