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Honoured Member

CHARLIE GARDINER

Inducted in 1975

Member Details

Date of Birth: December 31, 1904
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of Passing: June 13, 1934
Sport: Ice Hockey
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1926-27

Winnipeg Maroons

1927-34

Chicago Black Hawks

1932, 1934

Vezina Trophy

1934

Stanley Cup - Chicago Black Hawks

1945

Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Honoured Member CHARLIE GARDINER
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Story

Charlie Gardiner is widely considered one of the greatest goalies to have ever graced the ice. A native of Scotland, Gardiner came to Canada at the age of seven and was soon drawn to hockey like any native boy. A poor skater, Gardiner settled himself in front of the net and soon earned a reputation as a promising young goalie. He joined the Winnipeg Maroons in 1926 and was signed by the NHL's Chicago Black Hawks the following year. Unfortunately, Gardiner did not find himself on a winning team. In his second season, the Black Hawks stood at an abominable 7-29-8. This record, however, was in no part due to Gardiner's goaltending abilities. Indeed, he ended the season with a magnificent 1.85 goals-against average, a clear indication that the young goalie was the team's best player. Over the next few years, Gardiner played a significant role in raising his team from the bottom rungs of the league to champions. In the 1930-31 season, he had 12 shutouts and an outstanding GAA of 1.73. The following year, "Gardiner the Great" earned his first Vezina Trophy. In 1934, as team captain, he miraculously led the Hawks to their first Stanley Cup victory. Although they had scored fewer goals than any other team in the league that season, Gardiner also allowed the fewest, a feat which, in itself, was virtually enough to bring the coveted Cup to Chicago. The Black Hawks' triumph, however, was short lived, as the young goalie died of a brain hemorrhage just a few weeks after the playoffs. His death was sorely felt in the hockey community, but his accomplishments were not forgotten. Gardiner played every minute of every game between 1928 and 1934, finishing with 47 career shutouts and two Vezina Trophies. He had a 2.02 GAA in 316 games, and a 1.37 GAA in 21 playoff games. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.


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