Gump Was One Of Those Old-School Guys
Gump Worsley. Overweight, out of shape, not real quick or cat-like. Just a great goaltender with a slightly unorthodox style who did the job in a big way for the Habs between 1963 and 1970.
He was a mythical creature, a chunky little fellow who should have played in the 1920′s, where he would have fit in with other mythical creatures. He just had that aura about him.
Before the Habs though, he was a young goaltender in Manhattan, stopping pucks for the New York Rangers, and in this photo, from a Star Weekly, Gumper is about 27 years old, still about seven years away from donning a Habs jersey.
And imagine. There was no mask to hide those movie star good looks!