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Moe Roberts -called down from the crowd to play !
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Moe had one of the most unusual starts in professional hockey. In 1925, he was an amateur goaltender in New England, mostly in the Boston area. On December 8, he attended a Boston Bruins game and when the Bruins' goalie was injured, Moe was called in from the crowd to play! He immediately lost his amateur status and played in parts of two games for the Bruins, giving up 5 goals in 90 minutes of action and finishing with a record of 0-1-0. For the next six years, Moe played in the Canadian-American League. In 1932, he returned to the NHL, playing for the New York Americans and defeated the Rangers, 5-1, in his one appearance that season. The following year, he earned his first legitimate shot in the NHL when the Americans recalled him from the IAHL. Roberts played six games for the struggling New York team and finished with a record of 1-4-0 and a [sign in to see URL] GAA. He returned to the minors, remaining there until he retired in 1946.
Roberts spent much of his minor league career in Cleveland, and was a key contributor to the Cleveland Barons' success in the AHL in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In 1937-38, Moe was named AHL All-Star second team; and the following year, he led the Barons to the AHL Championship. He had 4 playoff shutouts (in 9 games) and a [sign in to see URL] GAA. In 1939-40, Moe was named AHL All-Star first team, and led the league with 5 shutouts and a [sign in to see URL] GAA. He decided to retire in 1942, but changed his mind three years later to play with the Washington Lions of the EHL. Roberts retired for good at the end of the 1945-46 season.
After the 1946 season, the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL hired Moe as a trainer. Roberts occasionally put on pads and allowed the players to have extra shooting practice. This allowed him to retain some of his skills, which came in handy in 1952. On November 25, 18 years after his last NHL game and 26 years after being called in from the stands to replace the Bruins' goalie, Roberts was once again asked to serve as an emergency goalie. When the Blackhawks' starting goalie went down with an injury, Roberts was asked to suit up, and played one shutout period against the Detroit Red Wings. At the age of 46, he was the oldest player in NHL history, a record broken later by Gordie Howe.
source: Jews in Sports -Barnard Postal
9/24/2011, 5:51 pm
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