Gerald Michael "Gerry" Cheevers was born in St. Catharines,
on December 7, 1940
. He started his NHL
with two games in 1961
Toronto Maple Leafs
before being claimed by the Boston
, where he played from 1965
and was on two Stanley Cup
s. He also played four seasons in between
of the World Hockey Association
Cheevers played 418 regular-season and 88 playoff games
in the NHL and compiled a combined 2.85 goals-against
average with 34 shutouts. His 283-136-74 record gives him
a winning percentage of 67.6%, the second best of all
time when he retired. He also amassed over 250 career
penalty minutes. In 1985 he was elected into the Hockey
Hall of Fame.
In 1971-72 he had an undefeated streak of 32
games. In 1969-70 he had 10 consecutive playoff
Cheevers is also notable for being one of the
innovators in the early days of painting goalie masks.
His mask was decorated with stitches, each one
supposedly designating where he either was or would have
been cut on the face.
Cheevers also served as coach of the Bruins from
1980-81 to 1984-85, and went 204-126-46 in the
regular season and 15-19 in the playoffs.
Ralph Slate. The Internet Hockey Database.
http://www.hockeydb.com. April 26, 2002.
Doug Norris. "Gerry Cheevers (1961-1980)", The
Goaltender Home Page.
Joel Ferchoff. "Gerry Cheevers Profile", Joel's World
April 26, 2002.