Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Red Almas
Almas was an impressive enough junior, but his career was put on hold because of the war. He saw duty with the Canadian Army for two years and after being discharged resumed what he expected would be a minor-league career. But before Detroit's final game of the 1946-47 season, incumbent Harry Lumley suffered a season-ending injury and Red was called up to play the game of March 23, 1947 against Toronto.

Although the Wings lost 5-3, he was named the teams number one goalie heading into the playoffs against those same Leafs. Toronto won the series in five games. In the last of the series, Almas pulled his groin stopping a Garth Boesch shot and had to leave. He was replaced by Johnny Mowers, and the redhead was again back in the minors to start the new season.

Red got another chance in the NHL, playing one game with Chicago on December 6, 1950, a 5-4 loss to Boston. Then it was back to the minors until Detroit called him up on Christmas Night 1952 when the Wings and the Hawks played to a 3-3 tie. Although his NHL days were numbered, he was long considered the finest goalie in the American league during these post-war years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1941-42 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers N-SJHL 8 6 2 0 0 2.69 6 4 1 1 0 3.67
1941-42 Saskatoon Quakers M-Cup 3 0 2 1 0 3.79
1942-43 Windsor Chrysler MOHL 2 0 4.00
1943-44 Saskatoon Navy N-SSHL 17 16 1 0 0 4.14 4 1 3 0 0 5.25
1944-45 Cornwallis Navy X-Games
1945-46 Saskatoon Elks WCSHL 35 14 19 2 1 4.08 3 0 3 0 0 4.67
1946-47 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00 5 1 3 0 2.97
1946-47 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 64 33 18 13 3 3.36
1947-48 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 65 31 28 6 0 3.79
1948-49 St. Louis Flyers AHL 66 39 18 9 5 2.89 7 3 4 0 0 2.84
1949-50 St. Louis Flyers AHL 55 29 21 5 4 3.31 2 0 2 0 0 5.00
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1950-51 St. Louis Flyers AHL 70 32 34 4 3 3.52
1951-52 St. Louis Flyers AHL 68 28 39 1 2 3.83
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 1 0 3.00
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 53 23 29 1 1 3.75
1953-54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 9 4 5 0 0 5.00
1953-54 Victoria Cougars WHL 56 20 26 10 2 3.10
1954-55 Calgary Stampeders WHL 2 1 0 1 0 4.50
NHL Totals 3 0 2 1 0 4.33 5 1 3 0 2.96


AHL Second All-Star Team (1949) Traded to Chicago (St. Louis-AHL) by Detroit with Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Doran, Tony Licari and Thain Simon for Hec Highton and Joe Lund, September 9, 1948. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Guyle Fielder and Steve Hrymnak for cash, September 23, 1952.
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