posted at 1/29/2011 12:04 AM EST
In Response to "Gumper"
[QUOTE]Listening to TSN's sounds of the draft segment, when Fleury got picked, as he sat down he said to Thomas "I'd bet on you to go first, Gumper". So is that who Thomas is? Is he a new Gump Worsley, a hall of famer who didn't break into the league until his 30's? At least one player seems to think so. If this season he can add another Vezina, Crozier and Jennings to his name, and maybe a Hart, and dare I dream, a Cup and a Conn Smythe, he'd be a mortal lock. Anyone else think he may have a shot at the Hall, or at least deserves a comparison to Gump?
Posted by red75[/QUOTE]
I would love for TT to attain the level of Gump Worsley... but there's still a long way to go.
For the record, Gump was 23 when he broke in with the Rangers in 52/53.
Ironically, the next year Gump was back with the Vancouver Canucks (WHL) as he had lost his job to a 28 year old rookie by the name of Johnny Bower for the 53/54 season.
That must have pissed Gump off, because the next year 54/55 he took the job back and Bower got sent to Vancouver. Bower eventually went to Toronto.
Gump is well known for a quote when he played for the hapless Rangers. The interviewer asked Gump which team gave him the most trouble...
Gumps answer? "The Rangers"