If These Walls Could Talk

“If These Walls Could Talk” — Gerry Cheevers, Boston Bruins Champion

Gerry Cheevers - Boston Bruins Legend

Gerry Cheevers

Gerry Cheevers is best known for his two stints with the Boston Bruins, whom he helped win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

Cheevers earned a reputation as a driven, “money” goaltender.  He held the Boston Bruins’ record for most playoff wins by a goaltender (with 53) until it was surpassed by Tuukka Rask in 2021.  Cheevers had held the record since 1977 when he surpassed Frank Brimsek’s mark of 32.

In 1972, he went undefeated in 32 consecutive games, an NHL record that still stands.

In the fall of 1972, he jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association , playing three and a half seasons for the Cleveland Crusaders as one of the league’s best goalies, winning First Team All-Star honors in 1973 and Second Team honors in 1974 and 1975.

Returning to the Bruins during the 1976 season after financial disputes with Cleveland management, Cheevers finished out his playing career at the end of the 1980 season. After hanging up his pads, he became the Bruins’ coach, a position he held for four and a half seasons

Cheevers’ cumulative NHL goals against average was 2.89. He recorded 230 NHL wins, played in 419 NHL games, and recorded 26 NHL shutouts.

He was the first to decorate his goaltender mask with stitch markings where a puck had struck, leading to the contemporary tradition of goaltenders decorating their masks with distinctive visual stylings.

 

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