Laurent Edward "Lorne" Chabot - Born October 5, 1900 in Montreal, Quebec - Died October 10, 1946 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian Ice Hockey goaltender and coach.
After playing some senior Hockey for teams in Brandon, Manitoba - Brandon Wheat City, Brandon Columbus Club and the Brandon Mounted Police, it was in northwestern Ontario that Chabot first gained widespread fame. His relatively large 6-foot 1-inch frame and quick reflexes made him hard to beat. His stellar play contributed to the Port Arthur Bearcats / Port Arthur Ports consecutive Allan Cup championships in 1925 and 1926. After the second of these, Conn Smythe signed Chabot to play for the New York Rangers.
As a rookie, Chabot won his very 1st NHL game on November 20, 1926 vs the Toronto St. Pats, and got his 1st NHL shutout in his 2nd NHL game on November 27 vs the Montreal Canadiens. Chabot won 22 games, recorded 10 shutouts that first season, and took the starting netminder's job away from Hal Winkler. In the 1927-28 season, he played all 44 regular-season matches and helped New York reach the Stanley Cup finals. In the second game of the championship series against the Montreal Maroons, Nels Stewart fired a high shot that caught Chabot just above the eye, knocking him unconscious and forcing him to miss the rest of the series, which precipitated one of the most famous maneuvers in Stanley Cup playoff history. Teams didn't carry a backup goalie, so Rangers manager Lester Patrick was forced to make an emergency appearance between the pipes. The "Silver Fox" backstopped the Rangers to an overtime win that shifted the momentum of the series and helped New York win its first Stanley Cup championship on April 14, 1928. Chabot did not play for the Rangers again, as Joe Miller finished the series for New York.
Prior to the 1928-29 schedule Chabot was sent to Toronto, where he posted a career-best 1.61 goals-against average and 12 shutouts. Chabot was in goal for the 1st ever game at Maple Leaf Gardens on November 12, 1931 and surrendered the 1st goal at the new arena to Mush March of the Chicago Black Hawks at 2:25 of the 1st period. Chicago won 2-1. Chabot then helped the Maple Leafs win its 1st Stanley Cup championship on April 9, 1932 vs his old team, the Rangers.
In the fifth game of the 1933 Stanley Cup semifinals against the Boston Bruins, the teams played 164 minutes and 46 seconds of scoreless Hockey before the Maple Leafs' Ken Doraty scored in the sixth overtime period. Chabot earned the shutout in what was the longest game in NHL history to that date. But in the finals the Rangers prevented the Maple Leafs from repeating as champions.
In the fall of 1933 Chabot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for George Hainsworth. The trade made the two men the first goalies ever to play for both storied teams.
Following the death of the legendary Charlie Gardiner in 1934, the Chicago Black Hawks acquired Chabot in a trade from Montreal with Howie Morenz and Marty Burke for Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins and Leroy Goldsworthy, October 3, 1934. Chabot posted a 26-17-5 with 8 shutouts with Chicago, and went on to lead the NHL with a 1.80 goals-against average. The NHL acknowledged his excellence by placing him on the 1934-35 First NHL All-Star Team and presenting him with the 1935 Vezina Trophy. Chabot was also the first Hockey player to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, gracing the front page of the publication’s Feb. 11, 1935, edition.
Chabot missed the majority of 1935-36 season due to knee injury in training camp, October 23, 1935, and was traded to the Montreal Maroons by Chicago for cash, February 8, 1936.
Chabot played 16 regular-season games for the Maroons in 1936, and during the playoffs, on March 24, 1936, he played in the longest game in NHL playoff history. Despite his heroic efforts in that game, the first of the semifinals, the Montrealers succumbed to the Detroit Red Wings when Mud Bruneteau scored the game's only goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period (2:25am). Rumour has it that Chabot visited the exhausted rookie Bruneteau in his hotel room two hours later and presented the young scorer with the game puck he retrieved from his net. The Red Wings would go on to sweep the series and later win the Stanley Cup. The Maroons cut Chabot after that season.
Chabot was basically retired when Red Dutton of the New York Americans convinced Chabot to join the Americans in January, 1937 after their goalie Ray Worters got injured. He played 6 games, winning 2, getting a shutout vs the Maroons and got bombed 9-0 vs the Black Hawks in his final game.
Chabot and Sean Burke are the only two goalies in NHL history to record shutouts for six different clubs.
Chabot played 411 regular season NHL games, winning 201 and 62 ties, with 72 shutouts, earning a shutout every 5.8 games in which he played. He played 37 NHL playoff games, winning 13, 6 ties and 5 shutouts.
- Allan Cup Champion 1925 and 1926 (Port Arthur Ports)
- Stanley Cup Champion 1928 (New York Rangers), 1932 (Toronto Maple Leafs)
- Vezina Trophy Winner 1935 (Chicago Black Hawks)
Chabot shaved before every game, because he felt that stitches were less likely to leave scars on a freshly-shaved face.