The owner of the most iconic mask in Hockey history (the one with the famed stiches showing where a puck would have hit his face), Gerry Cheevers had his greatest success in the net with the Boston Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. He was not the best Goalie in the NHL, but he was decent enough to give his powerful Bruins scorers the confidence enough that he would let in fewer goals than his team would score. Cheevers bolted to the WHA, where he was the top netminder there, and after would return to Boston posting spectacular winning percentages year after year.
Had Gerry Cheevers played elsewhere is it possible that he would not have been a Hall of Fame player? He never made a Post Season All Star Team, nor did he win a Vezina, however he always seemed to do enough to win and that is why you play the game after all.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Elected In: 1985
Played for: Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins Cleveland Crusaders (WHA)
Major Accolades and Awards: Ben Hatskin Trophy (1) (1973) First Team All Star (WHA) (1) (1973) Second Team All Star (2) (WHA) (1974 & 1975) All Star Games (1) (1969) Lowest Goals Against Average (1) (WHA) (1973) Most Shutouts (3) (1973, 1974 & 1975) Stanley Cup Rings (2) (Boston Bruins 1970 & 1972)
Should Gerry Cheevers be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 75%
I am fine with this induction. - 0%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 25%