Round 2, Vote 3 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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11-07-2012, 11:55 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
HawkeyTown has posted a lot of good info on him. Here's a link to the profile I made of Gardiner not too long ago. I had him in two consecutive All-Time Drafts, so the profile is quite detailed and has some of the same quotes HawkeyTown has been using:
Gardiner was a 3 time 1st Team All Star, 1 Time 2nd Team All Star competing against George Hainsworth, Tiny Thompson, Roy Worters, Alec Connell, Lorne Chabot, and John Ross Roach in the first 4 years of the All Star Teams
Gardiner received a lot of praise for his 1928-29 and 1929-30 seasons, the last two seasons before the official All-Star teams. We have records of Roy Worters getting the unofficial GM 1st Teams these seasons, but no records of the 2nd Teams.
When Frank Brimsek was a rookie, the press called him "the best looking rookie goaltender since Charlie Gardiner," indicating that Gardiner was playing well even as a rookie in 1927-28.
Gardiner was outstanding in the playoffs in losing causes in 1930 and 1931 for the hopelessly outmatched Blackhawks
Gardiner was a key part of the Blackhawks' first Cup in 1934.
Howie Morenz, Aurele Joliat, Frank Boucher, and Charlie Conacher all considered Gardiner the best goalie they ever played against.
Dick Irvin (who loved his boy Bill Durnan) called a rookie Durnan "the best goalie since Charlie Gardiner).
When the press discussed how big a star Dave Kerr was, the conclusion was that he was "no Chuck Gardiner or Georges Vezina."
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