Friday, July 16, 2010

Roy Worters 160 cm short athlete

Short Athlete -- Canada Canada

Roy Worters 160 cm Shortest to play in the National Hockey League and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.Roy "Shrimp" Worters (October 19, 1900 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – November 7, 1957) was a Canadian professional Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans, and was notable for recording 66 shutouts in his career and being, at 5'3" tall, the shortest player ever to play in the NHL . the Tenth short athlete in the world. Short athlete.

Playing career

Short athlete: Before his NHL career, Worters spent several years in amateur and senior leagues, spending the 1924 and 1925 seasons as the star netminder for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the Yellow Jackets to championships both seasons. Bolstered by the success, the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates joined the NHL the following season, with Worters in goal and substantially the same lineup as the Yellow Jackets. Short athlete.

Short athlete: Worters proved an iron man, playing three seasons for the Pirates and in virtually all of their games, showing great skill while backstopping a weak defensive team; in the Pirates' first season, Worters stopped 70 of 73 shots (setting a then-NHL record) in a 3–1 loss to the Americans. Short athlete.

Short athlete: Worters refused to sign with the Pirates for the 1928 season, and was suspended briefly before being traded to the Americans, for whom he would spend the rest of his career (save for a single game on loan to the Canadiens in 1930). His first season with the Amerks saw Worters becoming the first goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy with a minuscule 1.15 goals against average as he led the Americans to second place in the Canadian Division, after the team finishing in last place the year before. Short athlete.
Short athlete: During his stint with the New York Americans he had a corps of large defenceman to guard him, such as Lionel Conacher - who grew up in the same Toronto neighbourhood as Worters - "Bullet" Joe Simpson and "Red" Dutton. However, the perennially-weak Americans would make the playoffs only once more during Worters' career, although he would win the Vezina Trophy in 1931 as the league's best goaltender. During the ensuing contract negotiations following the season, Worters signed for $8,500 per season, an unprecedented sum for a goalie. He became the first goalie in NHL history to record back to back shutouts in his first two games for a new team. Short athlete.
Short athlete: While with the Americans, he was named team captain for the 1932–33 season. Short athlete.
Short athlete: In 1937, Worters needed hernia surgery and retired following the season. Roy Worters died of throat cancer on November 7, 1957. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969. Short athlete.

Awards and achievements

  • Hart Memorial Trophy (1929)
  • Second All-Star Team Goalie (1932, 1934)
  • Vezina Trophy (1931)

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
1918–19Parkdale Canoe ClubOHA-Jr.87104800222.752110120063.00
1919–20Toronto Canoe ClubOHA-Jr.33001800144.6744002400164.00
1920–21Porcupine Gold MinersGBHL107216300272.5720201200105.00
1921–22Porcupine Gold MinersGBHL
1922–23Toronto ArgonautsOHA-Sr.105580373.98
1923–24Pittsburgh YellowjacketsUSAHA20155012257251.23139318405120.86
1924–25Pittsburgh YellowjacketsUSAHA3925104189517340.818611400181.20
1925–26Pittsburgh PiratesNHL351816121457681.902011120063.00
1926–27Pittsburgh PiratesNHL4415263271141082.39
1927–28Pittsburgh PiratesNHL4419178274011761.662110120063.00
1928–29New York AmericansNHL38161210239013461.152011150110.40
1929–30New York AmericansNHL3611214227021353.57
1929–30Montreal CanadiensNHL110060022.00
1930–31New York AmericansNHL4418161027608741.61
1931–32New York AmericansNHL4012208245951102.68
1932–33New York AmericansNHL47152210297051162.34
1932–33Quebec CastorsCan-Am101060033.00
1933–34New York AmericansNHL3612131022404752.01
1934–35New York AmericansNHL4812279300031422.84
1935–36New York AmericansNHL4816257300031222.4452303002112.20
1936–37New York AmericansNHL23614314302692.90
NHL totals48417122983301756711432.27113626903242.09

  • NHL statistics are from athlete.
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