The first one happened when Gump was in New York playing for the Rangers. They were an awful team, truly horrible but Worsley was well respected as one of the best goalies in the game. One day a reporter asked him which team gave him the most trouble while tending net, and Worsley snapped back with “the Rangers” which remains one of the most quoted lines in the history of the game.
His weight was often the subject of conversation, too. A reporter once asked his weight, to which Gump replied “180.” The reporter then asked “is that firm?” and Worsley replied “No. It is not firm.”
The other one comes from the early 70s, after he was dealt to Minnesota. The North Stars in those years were pretty good for an expansion team but no match for the best established clubs. One night they’re playing the Bruins of Orr and it’s getting ugly. With the score about 4-0 Boston and the Bruins on a powerplay, Phil Esposito is in the slot waiting for a pass. The pass comes and for some reason, Espo passes it off and the tape to tape continues without a chance on net. Worsley, well known for his humor, yelled out at Esposito “the next time you get the puck, would you just put it in the fucking net, already?”
Worsley died about a year ago, age 77. He didn’t wear a mask until his final season (#21 in the show). Worsley began his NHL career in 1952-53, winning the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year with the New York Rangers. He helped Montreal win four Stanley Cup titles in 10 seasons with the Canadiens and finished his career with the Minnesota North Stars. He won the Vezina twice.
As for tonight’s game, hell I have no idea. The Oilers are a fun team to watch, maybe the Montreal Expos about 1977. Any fool can see there’s a bright future, but the present is a little frustrating for the fans and the veterans who won’t be around by the time the kids start kicking out the jams.