Lorne Chabot has the distinction of playing in two of the NHL's longest games ever.
On October 1,1933 Chabot was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Montreal Canadiens for George Hainsworth. The trade made the two men the first goalies ever to play for both storied teams.
Just over one year later, the Canadiens shipped Chabot, along with the legendary Howie Morenz and Marty Burke to the Blackhawks for Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins and Leroy Goldsworthy. Two years later, in 1936, he passed thru the Canadiens organization once more, in a three way deal that saw the Montreal Maroons Toe Blake end up in a Habs uniform and Chabot with the Maroons.
During his one season with the Canadiens, Chabot appeared in 47 games, winning 21 and losing 20, with 6 ties and 8 shutouts. His GAA ws an excellent 2.07.
Born in Montreal in 1900, he headed west in 1920 playing in Manitoba and Port Arthur until he got a call to the big leagues in 1926 with the New York Rangers. He then went on to play for 5 more NHL teams and won the Stanley Cup twice before retiring in 1937.
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 Port Arthur's consecutive Allan Cup triumphs in 1925 and 1926. After the second of these, Conn Smythe signed Chabot to play for the New York Rangers.
As a rookie, "Sad Eyes" won 22 games, recorded 10 shutouts and took the starting netminder's job away from Hal Winkler. In 1927-28 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, an injury to Chabot 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 Blueshirts to an overtime win that shifted the momentum of the series and helped New York win its first Stanley Cup.
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. In 1931-32 he helped the franchise win its first Stanley Cup under the Maple Leafs banner. In the fifth game of the 1933 semifinals against Boston, the teams played 164 minutes and 46 seconds of scoreless hockey before the 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 Leafs from repeating as champions. Chabot was traded to the Canadiens the following season for Hainsworth.
Following the death of the legendary Charlie Gardiner in 1934, the Chicago Black Hawks acquired Chabot in a trade that also involved Hall of Famers Howie Morenz and Lionel Conacher. Chabot showed no ill effects at having to replace the popular Gardiner as he went on to lead the NHL with a 1.80 goals-against mark. The NHL acknowledged his excellence by placing him on the First All-Star Team and presenting him with the Vezina Trophy.
"Old Bulwarks" played 16 regular-season games for the Montreal Maroons in 1935-36, and during the playoffs, on March 24, 1936, he played in the longest game in NHL 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 after 116 minutes and 30 seconds of overtime. Chabot played 6 games with the New York Americans in 1936-37
In 411 career games, Chabot registered 201 wins, 148 losses, and 62 ties, rounded out with 72 shutouts and an excellent 2.03 GAA.
Chabot spent the last years of his life bedridden with severe arthritis. He died October 10th,1946 of Bright's( kidney) Disease, which he'd been suffering from for some time.