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Gardiner, Chuck
Chicago Blackhawks

CHARLIE GARDINER reclaimed the VEZINA TROPHY after initially winning it in 1931-32. GARDINER led the Black Hawks to a second-place finish in the American Division as the team allowed just 83 goals to lead the league. He played in all 48 games and boasted a goals-against average of 1.63 to earn his second VEZINA TROPHY. The First Team All-Star also shut out his opponents 10 times to lead all competitors. In the playoffs that March, CHARLIE and the Hawks shone, winning six games; two by shutout. Again, GARDINER was extraordinary in net, and his 1.33 goals-against average was best in the playoffs. The Black Hawks, confident in front of their All-Star goaltender, won the Stanley Cup on April 10, 1934, the first time in franchise history. But GARDINER was suffering from headaches so severe that he was forced to rest on the crossbar between plays to try to alleviate the pain. Returning to Winnipeg, he was hospitalized, and died two months later, on June 13, 1934, from a brain haemorrhage. Wilf Cude of the Detroit Red Wings was that year's VEZINA runner-up.

Gardiner, Chuck