Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Rayner, a former Ranger, posted 25 shutouts
NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame goaltender Chuck Rayner, a
three-time All-Star who played 10 years in the NHL, died of heart
failure at age 82.
Rayner died Oct. 6 at his home in Langley, British Columbia, the
league confirmed Wednesday.
Rayner played eight seasons with the New York Rangers from
1945-53 and two with the Brooklyn/New York Americans, compiling a
career goals-against average of 3.05 with 25 shutouts.
During World War II, while playing for a touring Royal Canadian
Armed Forces All-Star team, Rayner became the first goalie to skate
the length of the ice and score a goal.
Rayner was part of the first goalie platoon in 1945-46, often
sharing duties with Sugar Jim Henry, sometimes from game to game,
sometimes from period to period. That was at a time when the six
NHL teams usually carried just one goaltender and was two decades
before teams went to the two-goalie system.
In 1950, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable
player and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.