Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Charlie Hodge
The native of Lachine, Quebec, caught the attention of the Montreal Canadiens' scouts as a youth. Once committed to le bleu, blanc et rouge, Hodge began his apprenticeship with the Junior Canadiens in 1949-50. In 1951-52, he became the undisputed starter on the junior Habs and turned in another league low goals-against average, this time a minuscule 2.22 mark. The following season, Hodge won 35 of his 44 starts and led the Quebec junior league with five shutouts. His next move was to the professional ranks in 1953-54 with the Cincinnati Mohawks of the International Hockey League. Hodge's lone season in southern Ohio proved spectacular, with a league-high 10 shutouts and a 2.34 goals-against average. His goaltending was an integral part of the team's regular-season and Turner Cup championship performance.

While waiting patiently for a chance to play in the NHL on a full time basis, Hodge's minor pro tour took him through the Quebec senior league, the Western Hockey League, the American Hockey League and the Eastern Professional Hockey League. He proved to be a workhorse and a success wherever he strapped on his pads. Four times he was placed on either the First or Second All-Star Teams of the league in which he played. Hodge thought he caught his first major break with a 19 win and four-shutout performance in 30 appearances for the Habs in 1960-61, but it wasn't to be.

Early in 1963-64, he was starting his third consecutive season with the AHL's Quebec Aces when the tide finally turned in his favor. Hodge was called in to replace injured Gump Worsley as the Canadiens' first-string netminder. He stepped in admirably by registering 33 wins and an NHL best eight shutouts. His stellar work was recognized at the conclusion of the season when he was named the winner of the Vezina Trophy and selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team.

Despite being a part-time veteran of the NHL, many wondered if Hodge's success in 1963-64 was a fluke. These reservations proved inaccurate as the plucky netminder put up a 26-16-10 mark in 1964-65. His fine work contributed to the Habs' first Stanley Cup win since 1959-60.

Hodge and Worsley worked superbly together in 1965-66. The shining duo led Montreal to a repeat Stanley Cup performance and shared the Vezina Trophy after recording the stingiest goals-against mark in the NHL. But the very next year things began to unravel for Hodge. He appeared in 37 regular-season games but was the odd man out after young phenomenon Rogie Vachon was called up late in the schedule and played superbly.

Left unprotected by Montreal, Hodge was claimed by the Oakland Seals in the 1967 Expansion Draft. In a matter of months, the veteran backstopper went from an elite defensive club to an inexperienced outfit that guaranteed his exposure to an enormous number of shots. Hodge fought on bravely in 1967-68 with three shutouts and 13 wins in 58 games while sharing the goaltending chores with youngster Gary Smith.

His playing time diminished in 1968-69 and he was demoted to the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL. Hodge played a handful of games the following season before he was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL's 1970 Expansion Draft. It seemed that the black cloud of disappointment surrounding his demotion to the WHL two years earlier had a silver lining. Hodge, Dunc Wilson and George Gardner provided the NHL's newest club with solid goaltending, a factor contributing to a respectable 56-point showing for the team.

Hodge retired after his only season in Vancouver. His NHL resume listed a number of individual and team accomplishments along with 24 career shutouts and 152 regular-season victories.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1949-50 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL
1949-50 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 5.41
1950-51 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 23 14 8 0 1 2.59 9 4 5 0 0 3.30
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 45 32 10 3 3 2.22 11 9 2 0 0 1.70
1951-52 Montreal Royals QMHL 1 0 0 0 0 4.50
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 8 4 4 0 1 4.00
1952-53 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 44 35 9 0 5 2.27 7 0 2.57
1952-53 Montreal Royals QMHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1953-54 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 62 10 2.34 11 8 3 0 2 1.73
1953-54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 2 1 0 0 3.33
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 6 4 4 1 2.27 4 1 2 0 4.29
1954-55 Providence Reds AHL 5 3 2 0 1 3.60
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 35 17 17 1 2 3.23
1955-56 Seattle Americans WHL 70 31 37 2 6 3.38
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 41 18 18 4 2 3.22
1956-57 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 14 7 5 2 2 2.72
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 8 2 2 1 2.58
1957-58 Montreal Royals QHL 48 23 21 4 4 3.19 7 2 4 0 1 3.95
1958-59 Montreal Royals QHL 24 15 8 1 1 2.79 2 2 0 0 0 2.00
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 4 0 4 0 0 3.00
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.00
1959-60 Montreal Royals EPHL 33 15 12 6 5 2.91
1959-60 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 26 15 6 5 2 2.85 7 3 4 0 0 3.35
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 18 8 4 4 2.47
1960-61 Montreal Royals EPHL 22 5 13 4 0 3.36
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 65 28 33 4 5 2.85
1962-63 Quebec Aces AHL 67 31 25 11 4 2.84
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 33 18 11 8 2.26 7 3 4 1 2.29
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 10 4 6 0 1 3.20
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 26 16 10 3 2.55 5 3 2 1 2.00
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 12 7 2 1 2.58
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 11 15 7 3 2.57
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 58 13 29 13 3 2.86
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 14 4 6 1 0 3.69
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 13 7 2 4 0 2.54 8 8 0 0 1 1.45
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 14 3 5 2 0 3.50
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 15 13 5 0 3.42
NHL Totals 358 150 125 61 24 2.69 16 7 8 2 2.38


QJHL First All-Star Team (1952, 1953)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1954)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
QHL First All-Star Team (1958)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1963)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1964, 1965)
Vezina Trophy (1964)
Vezina Trophy (1966) (shared with Gump Worsley) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1964, 1965, 1967)
Promoted to Montreal from Mtl. Royals (QHL) to replace Jacques Plante, March 21, 22, 1959 and March 13, 1960. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Claimed by Vancouver from Oakland in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970.