Chris Worthy Passes Away

This is Chris Worthy. He had one of the most impressive seasons by a junior goalie in history. In 67-68 he played for the Flin Flon Bombers (WCJHL) and in 54 games had a 2.39GAA and 10 shutouts. He set records for consecutive shutouts and minutes without allowing a goal that stand to this day.

That spring he was involved in an NHL trade, as Oakland sent Bob Baun to Detroit for a plethora of players, including Worthy. He played in the NHL in 68-69, going 4-6-3 with 4.12GAA. Worthy played a little with the Seals in the 2 seasons following and then when the WHA came along he got a shot in the second season of the new league’s existence.

The Alberta Oilers employed only two goalies in their first season in the WHA, Jack Norris (64gp, 3.06, .902SP) and Ken Brown (20gp, 3.65, .883SP).

For 73-74 they banished Brown to the SHL (Winstom Salem) for a year and brought in Worthy to backup Norris. The Oiler goalies for that season were Norris (53gp, 3.21, .898), Worthy (29gp, 3.80, .894), Ian Wilkie (5gp, 2.11, .930) and Gary Doyle (1gp, 4.00, .895).

In 75-76 the Oilers had an interesting three man rotation because of Jacques Plante and his unique playing contract. Worthy played more actual minutes than any of the other goalies for Edmonton that season (28gp, 3.58, .893), with Plante (40gp, 3.32 .890) and Brown (32gp, 3.48 .898) appearing in more games.

The Oilers brought in Dave Dryden for 76-77, with Worthy as the backup. Dryden (62gp, 3.95 .878) played most of the season, with Worthy (24, 4.68 .862) and Frank Turnbull (3gp, 5.09 .862) the backups.

To quote the online article on him at legacy.com: “During the second phase of his life, Chris attended Seattle University and the University of Alberta where he was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He went on to receive the Chartered Accountant designation shortly thereafter. After working in public accounting and the construction industry, Chris was named Chief Financial Officer of the fourth largest construction company in the United States. After several years, Chris returned to the west coast where he founded a successful private investment company. Chris’s efforts focused on building opportunity for employees and investors alike. A tireless champion of individual liberty and free markets, he led by example in helping to build numerous successful businesses throughout Canada and the United States. His leadership ability, personal integrity and kindness allowed him to be a mentor to many. Chris’s quiet generosity made a real difference in the lives of those he touched. He will be greatly missed.”

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One Response to "Chris Worthy Passes Away"

  1. uni says:

    From the part on the second phase of his life, Chris had one heck deserved family name.

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