Gerry Cheevers - 1967 Topps

Gerald Michael “Gerry” Cheevers (December 7, 1940-) holds the American Hockey League record for most wins in a season and holds the NHL record the longest undefeated streak at 33 games. Gerry started with the St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Junior Hockey Association then became the American Hockey League’s top goaltender leading his Rochester Americans to their first Calder Cup championship. Cheevers went 104-66-10 in 181 AHL games with a 3.01 goals against average and ten shutouts. His 48 wins for the Americans in 1964-64 remains a league record. The Boston Bruins took Gerry from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1965 summer Intra-League Draft. By 1967-68, he replaced fellow Hall of Famer Bernie Parent to become the number one goaltender. From 1967-1972, Cheevers won 23 or more games in each season and led Boston to two Stanley Cup championships (1970, 1972). In 1972, Gerry jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association playing for the Cleveland Crusaders and leading the league in GAA (2.84) and shutouts with five. He spent four seasons in the WHA with Cleveland (1972-1976) posting a record o 99-78-9 in 191 games. He was named the inaugural 1973 WHA Ben Hatskin Trophy winner, honoring the league’s top goalie. He returned to Beantown to backstop the Bruins for the remainder of his career. He played 17 seasons in the NHL and WHA with the Maple Leafs (1961-62), the Bruins (1965-1972, 1975-1980) and the WHA’s Crusaders (1972-1976). He led the WHA in shutouts each of the first three seasons. Cheesy, as his teammates knew him popularized the graphic hockey mask, as black stitches would be added to his white mask each time he took a puck off the face. Cheevers mastered the art of flopping in the crease, moving away from the customary stand-up or butterfly style, and tended to roam from the goal area to forward the puck, cut down angles and assist defensemen. He was named to the 1972-73 WHA All-Star First Team and the 1969 NHL All-Star Game. Gerry Cheever finished his career with a 230-102-74 record in 418 games with a 2.89 GAA and 26 shutouts. In the playoffs, he posted a 53-34 record in 88 games, a 2.69 GAA, eight shutouts and two Stanley Cup championships. Gerry Cheevers was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. Following his playing days, he went behind the bench as head coach of the Bruins for five seasons (1980-1985) leading them to the conference finals in 1983 before falling to the New York Islanders.

Condition Census (Explain)

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1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (23)


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