Bert Gardiner

This is goalie in the unconventional pose is Bert Gardiner. After several years in the 1930s of starring with the Philadelphia Ramblers, a New York Rangers farm team. Gardiner only played in a handful of games with the Rangers before finally getting his NHL chance in 1940 with Montreal. In 1942 he played a season as the Chicago Blackhawks starting goaltender, followed by a run with the Boston Bruins in 1943-44.

All told Bert Gardiner played 144 NHL games with a 49-68-27 record and 4 shutouts. 

If history has remembered Gardiner at all it as the New York Rangers goalie who gave up three overtime game winning goals to Mel "Sudden Death" Hill in the same 1939 playoff series. That included Hill's epic triple overtime tally in game 7. 

Gardiner was also a heck of a tennis player. In fact, he is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for tennis!

Gardiner passed away in 2001, suffering a stroke near Los Angeles.


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