среда, сентября 20, 2006

Smallest player ever play in the NHL ?

Roy "Shrimp" Worters, at 5'3" tall, was the smallest player to ever play in the NHL, not to mention the smallest goalkeeper. During his stint with the New York Americans he was fortunate to have a corps of large defenceman to guard him. Players such as Lionel "Big Train" Conacher, "Bullet" Joe Simpson and Mervyn "Red" Dutton gave him plenty of protection.

In 1928-29 Worters became the first goaltender to win the Hart Trophy as he led the Americans to second place in the Canadian Division. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1930-31 but his Americans teammates were unable to score many goals and they inevitably failed to make the playoffs.

One night in their first year, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots in a 3-1 loss to the New York Americans.