Harry Lumley (ice hockey)

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Harry Lumley
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1980
Harry Lumley hockey.jpg
Born(1926-11-11)November 11, 1926
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
DiedSeptember 13, 1998(1998-09-13) (aged 71)
Height6 ft 00 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forBoston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career1943–1961
 
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Harry Lumley
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1980
Harry Lumley hockey.jpg
Born(1926-11-11)November 11, 1926
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
DiedSeptember 13, 1998(1998-09-13) (aged 71)
Height6 ft 00 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forBoston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career1943–1961

Harry "Apple Cheeks" Lumley (November 11, 1926 – September 13, 1998) was a professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League.

Early life[edit]

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Lumley—known as "Apple Cheeks" -- grew up playing local minor sports, but took quickly to hockey and wound up being a top notch goalkeeper. Lumley starred for several years with the Owen Sound Mercurys and later with the Owen Sound Orphans (who were called that because they could not find a sponsor) and then the Barrie Colts. He also played with the Indianapolis Capitals of the American Hockey League, a minor league team of the Detroit Red Wings.

NHL career[edit]

Lumley made his professional debut in the National Hockey League, however, with the New York Rangers in the 1943–44 season, when he was loaned to the Rangers for a single game. He was the youngest goaltender to play in the NHL, as he was 17 years old.

In the 1950 playoffs, Lumley led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship, recording three shut-outs and a 1.85 GAA in fourteen games. After his performance, however, Jack Adams traded Lumley to the Chicago Black Hawks; Terry Sawchuk became the new goaltender for the Red Wings.

After playing with the Chicago Black Hawks for two seasons, he was again traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1953–54 season, Lumley won the Vezina Trophy, presented annually to the NHL's best goalie, with a GAA of 1.86. His 13 shutouts that year was a modern National Hockey League record that stood until Chicago's Tony Esposito recorded 15 in 1969–70. Lumley was also named First All-Star Team Goaltender in the 7th National Hockey League All-Star Game.

In 1956, Lumley was traded back to Chicago. He refused to play in Chicago and played the next 3 years in the American Hockey League. He played with the Buffalo Bisons and the Providence Reds. Lumley would return to the National Hockey League in 1957 with the Boston Bruins. He played irregularly with them from 1957 to 1960 as he rotated his duties with Don Simmons. He would play one final season with the Winnipeg Warriors in the Western Hockey League.

After a long and successful stint with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins, Lumley finished his playing career with the Boston Bruins. He retired after the 1959–60 NHL season with 330 wins, 329 losses, 142 ties, and a 2.76 GAA. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980. After retiring, Lumley was a longtime co-owner of the successful Orangeville Raceway. He died on September 13, 1998, of a heart attack.

Lumley originated the tactic of making a pocket at shin level in goalie pads so pucks would drop straight on the ice instead of deflecting off them to an opponent.

Legacy[edit]

The community centre in his hometown of Owen Sound, where he continued to live after retiring, was renamed in his honour prior to his death. It is now officially known as the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTMINGASOGAA
1942-43Barrie ColtsOHA-Jr.
1943-44Detroit Red WingsNHL20201201306.50
1943-44Indianapolis CapitalsAHL52191815312014702.84
1943-44New York RangersNHL100020000.00
1944-45Detroit Red WingsNHL3724103222011913.22
1944-45Indianapolis CapitalsAHL21115512604622.14
1945-46Detroit Red WingsNHL50202010300015923.18
1946-47Detroit Red WingsNHL52222010312015933.06
1947-48Detroit Red WingsNHL60301812359214772.46
1948-49Detroit Red WingsNHL6034197360014562.42
1949-50Detroit Red WingsNHL63331614378014872.35
1950-51Chicago Black HawksNHL64124110378524633.90
1951-52Chicago Black HawksNHL7017449418024123.46
1952-53Toronto Maple LeafsNHL702730134200167102.39
1953-54Toronto Maple LeafsNHL693224134140128131.86
1954-55Toronto Maple LeafsNHL69232422414013481.94
1955-56Toronto Maple LeafsNHL59212810352715732.67
1956-57Buffalo BisonsAHL6325362378026404.19
1957-58Buffalo BisonsAHL1779110296313.67
1957-58Boston BruinsNHL241110314407032.92
1958-59Boston BruinsNHL118216602712.45
1958-59Providence RedsAHL5827292348020843.59
1959-60Boston BruinsNHL4216215252014623.48
1960-61Kingston FrontenacsEPHL2110120703.50
1960-61Winnipeg WarriorsWHL6117404366021302.49
NHL totals80333032914248,0442206712.76

Playoffs[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTMINGASOGAA
1943-44Indianapolis CapitalsAHL51403001803.60
1944-45Detroit Red WingsNHL147708713122.14
1945-46Detroit Red WingsNHL51403101613.10
1947-48Detroit Red WingsNHL104606003003.00
1948-49Detroit Red WingsNHL114707262602.15
1949-50Detroit Red WingsNHL148609102831.85
1953-54Toronto Maple LeafsNHL51403211502.80
1954-55Toronto Maple LeafsNHL40402401403.50
1955-56Toronto Maple LeafsNHL51403041312.57
1957-58Boston BruinsNHL101060505.00
1958-59Boston BruinsNHL73404362002.75
NHL totals7629470477819872.49

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Preceded by
Terry Sawchuk
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1954
Succeeded by
Terry Sawchuk