Some players get only the briefest chances to make it in the NHL. The 1943 semi-finals were going swimmingly for the Boston Bruins. They had defeated Montreal in the first three games of the best of seven and were in complete control of the series. Coach Art Ross decided to dress rookie Bill Anderson for the game, but the team lost 4-0. (Red) was scratched for the next game, a 5-4 Bruins win in overtime to win the series, and he never played another game in the NHL.
Anderson had started in the IHL and played in a series of leagues thereafter until the Boston Olympics signed him in 1942. It was during his time with the farm team that he earned the promotion to the Bruins during the playoffs, but after his one NHL game he never played hockey again.