Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lorne Chabot
It was in northwestern Ontario that Chabot first gained widespread fame. His relatively large 6-foot 1-inch frame and quick reflexes made him hard to beat. His stellar play contributed to Port Arthur's consecutive Allan Cup triumphs in 1925 and 1926. After the second of these, Conn Smythe signed Chabot to play for the New York Rangers.

As a rookie, "Sad Eyes" won 22 games, recorded 10 shutouts and took the starting netminder's job away from Hal Winkler. In 1927-28 he played all 44 regular-season matches and helped New York reach the Stanley Cup finals. In the second game of the championship series against the Montreal Maroons, an injury to Chabot precipitated one of the most famous maneuvers in Stanley Cup playoff history. Teams didn't carry a backup goalie, so Rangers manager Lester Patrick was forced to make an emergency appearance between the pipes. The "Silver Fox" backstopped the Blueshirts to an overtime win that shifted the momentum of the series and helped New York win its first Stanley Cup.

Prior to the 1928-29 schedule Chabot was sent to Toronto, where he posted a career-best 1.61 goals-against average and 12 shutouts. In 1931-32 he helped the franchise win its first Stanley Cup under the Maple Leafs banner. In the fifth game of the 1933 semifinals against Boston, the teams played 164 minutes and 46 seconds of scoreless hockey before the Leafs' Ken Doraty scored in the sixth overtime period. Chabot earned the shutout in what was the longest game in NHL history to that date. But in the finals the Rangers prevented the Leafs from repeating as champions.

In the fall of 1933 Chabot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for George Hainsworth. The trade made the two men the first goalies ever to play for both storied teams. Following the death of the legendary Charlie Gardiner in 1934, the Chicago Black Hawks acquired Chabot in a trade that also involved Hall of Famers Howie Morenz and Lionel Conacher. Chabot showed no ill effects at having to replace the popular Gardiner as he went on to lead the NHL with a 1.80 goals-against mark. The NHL acknowledged his excellence by placing him on the First All-Star Team and presenting him with the Vezina Trophy.

"Old Bulwarks" played 16 regular-season games for the Montreal Maroons in 1935-36, and during the playoffs, on March 24, 1936, he played in the longest game in NHL history. Despite his heroic efforts in that game, the first of the semifinals, the Montrealers succumbed to the Detroit Red Wings when Mud Bruneteau scored the game's only goal after 116 minutes and 30 seconds of overtime. Chabot played 6 games with the New York Americans in 1936-37 before retiring with 201 wins and 73 shutouts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1919-20 Laval College MCHL
1919-20 Brandon Mounted Police BrIHL
1920-21 Brandon Elks MHL-Sr. 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1920-21 Brandon Columbus Club BrIHL
1921-22 Brandon Elks MHL-Sr.
1922-23 Port Arthur Ports MHL-Sr. 16 11 5 0 0 3.56 2 1 1 0 1 1.50
1923-24 Port Arthur Ports MHL-Sr. 15 11 4 0 1 2.46 2 0 1 1 0 3.00
1924-25 Port Arthur Ports MHL-Sr. 20 12 8 0 3 2.55 2 2 0 0 0 2.00
1924-25 Port Arthur Ports Al-Cup 8 6 1 1 1 2.00
1925-26 Port Arthur Ports TBSHL 20 14 6 0 2 2.10 3 2 0 1 1 1.33
1925-26 Port Arthur Ports Al-Cup 6 5 1 0 1 2.17
1926-27 New York Rangers NHL 36 22 9 5 10 1.46 2 0 1 1 1 1.50
1926-27 Springfield Indians Can-Am 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
1927-28 New York Rangers NHL 44 19 16 9 11 1.74 6 2 2 1 1 1.50
1928-29 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 20 17 5 10 1.52 4 2 2 0 0 1.24
1929-30 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 42 16 20 6 6 2.59
1930-31 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 21 8 8 6 2.09 2 0 1 1 0 1.73
1931-32 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 22 16 6 4 2.36 7 5 1 1 0 2.05
1932-33 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 24 18 6 5 2.26 9 4 5 0 2 1.57
1933-34 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 21 20 6 8 2.07 2 0 1 1 0 1.83
1934-35 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 26 17 5 8 1.80 2 0 1 1 1 0.48
1935-36 Montreal Maroons NHL 16 8 3 5 2 2.08 3 0 3 0 0 1.21
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 6 2 3 1 1 4.05
NHL Totals 412 201 147 62 71 2.02 37 13 17 6 5 1.53


NHL First All-Star Team (1935)
Vezina Trophy (1935)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 2, 1926.
Recorded shutout (2-0) in NHL debut vs. Montreal Canadiens, November 27, 1926. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers with $10,000 for John Ross Roach, October 18, 1928. Traded to Montreal by Toronto for George Hainsworth, October 1, 1933. Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Howie Morenz and Marty Burke for Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins and Leroy Goldsworthy, October 3, 1934.
Missed majority of 1935-36 due to knee injury in training camp, October 23, 1935. Traded to Montreal by Chicago for cash, February 8, 1936. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Montreal for Bill Miller, Toe Blake and the rights to Ken Grivel, February, 1936. Traded to NY Americans by Mtl. Maroons for cash, October 22, 1936.