The Gazette’s Red Fisher continues his look at the Top 10 trades in Canadiens’ history. At No. 7 is the trade for Lorne Worsley, otherwise known as The Gumper. Worsley came to Montreal with Dave Balon, Léon Rochefort and Len Ronson from the New York Rangers in exchange for Jacques Plante, Don Marshall and Phil Goyette on June 4, 1963.
Fisher writes: The Gumper loved to play the clown, but with Worsley in the nets, the Canadiens won four Stanley Cups in five seasons. At 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, he looked anything like an NHL goaltender, but you don’t play 21 seasons in the NHL without bringing something special to the arena.