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Lorne “Gump” Worsley

Born:January 26, 2007Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Montréal, QCPosition:Goaltender
Known For:Nicknamed “Gump”Catches:Left
National Team:Canada

Lorne John “Gump” Worsley (May 14, 1929 – January 26, 2007) was a professional ice hockey goaltender. Known as one of the shortest of all-time at 5-foot-7, he played for three teams over the course of his NHL career but saw most of his success as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, where he won two Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups. He also played for the New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, ‘Gump’ was given his nickname because friends thought he looked like comic-strip character Andy Gump. He passed away in 2007 at the young age of 77.

Years as an NHL goaltender: 1952-1974

Years as an NHL scout/goaltending coach: 1979-1986

Bobby Hull vs Gump Worsley (THW Library Archives)

Lorne “Gump” Worsley Statistics

Deeper Dive

Coaching/Scouting History

  • Minnesota North Stars (Goaltending Coach/Amateur Scout) 1979-1986


  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980
  • 4x Stanley Cup Champion (Canadiens – 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
  • NHL First All-Star Team (1968)
  • 2x Vezina Trophy (1966, 1968)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (1964)
  • WHL First All-Star Team (1954)
  • WHL Most Valuable Player (Leader Cup) (1954)
  • WHL Top Goaltender (Del Wilson Trophy) (1954)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1953)
  • PCHL Second All-Star Team (1952)
  • USHL Sr. – Best Goaltender (Charles Gardiner Memorial Trophy) (1951)
  • USHL Sr. – First All-Star Team (1951)
  • USHL Sr. – Rookie of the Year (1951)
  • EAHL First All-Star Team (1950)
  • QJHL First AllStar Team Goalie (1949)