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Charlie Hodge (1933 — 2016)

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The Montreal Canadiens family has lost a legendary name, as Charlie Hodge passed away on Saturday morning. He was 82 years old.

David Bier

Charlie Hodge is part of an honoured list of Montreal Canadiens goaltenders who have etched their names on a Vezina Trophy multiple times: once in 1963-64 (also named to the Second All-Star Team), and a second time in 1965-66 as part of a tandem with Lorne "Gump" Worsley, back when the Vezina was awarded to the team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season.

He also played a part in six Stanley Cup victories for the Canadiens, though spent the majority of his time behind Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, taking over starting duties between Plante's departure and Worsley' arrival. He captured another Cup in a scouting role with the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins.

He had a great 17-year career, playing his first NHL game in 1954 with the Canadiens, where he spent a large portion of his career, and played his last game in 1971 as part of the Vancouver Canucks. In between those roles, he was selected in the expansion draft of 1967 by the Oakland Seals.

We would like to send our sincerest condolences to his family.