Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lorne Anderson
It was a NHL career that lasted three games at the end of a miserable season for the New York Rangers who finished fifth of six teams in the standings for 1951-52. Their brilliant goalie Charlie Rayner was lost midway through the year with a serious knee injury, and he was replaced by the diminutive Emile Francis.

For the final three games of the season, meaningless since the team had been eliminated from the playoffs, Lorne Anderson was given the starting job in the cage. He gave up four goals, then seven and seven again on March 19, 20, and 23, not numbers to inspire another invitation to the following year's training camp. Gump Worsley was the goalie of the future for the Blueshirts, and Anderson was never heard of in NHL circles again, retiring with a goals-against average of exactly 6.00.

His career, though, was not over. He had been a Northern Ontario boy all his life, playing with Renfrew and his hometown Pembroke, and for 1952-53 he started for Sudbury, taking the Wolves to the Allan Cup the next spring. From there he moved around from one winter spot to the next--North Bay, Pembroke, and Renfrew before hanging up the pads in 1961.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1947-48 Renfrew Lions NOJHA
1947-48 Atlantic City Sea Gulls EAHL 2 0 7.50
1948-49 Renfrew Lions NOJHA 10 8 2 0 1 3.74 19 15 4 0 1 3.72
1949-50 Renfrew Lions NOJHA 12 0 3.83 6 0 3.83
1949-50 Pembroke Lumber Kings LSLHL 2 1 1 0 0 5.50
1950-51 Atlantic City Sea Gulls EAHL 52 0 4.10
1951-52 New York Rovers EAHL 61 25 34 2 1 3.76
1951-52 Boston Olympics EAHL 2 0 2 0 0 3.00
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 3 1 2 0 0 6.00
1951-52 New Haven Tomahawks EAHL 2 0 3.50
1952-53 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 48 31 15 2 0 3.44 7 3 4 0 0 3.91
1952-53 Sudbury Wolves Al-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 5.11
1953-54 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 31 1 2.97 7 3 4 0 1 2.71
1954-55 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 57 2 3.77
1955-56 North Bay Trappers NOHA 52 3 3.25 7 0 3.57
1956-57 Pembroke Lumber Kings EOHL 32 1 4.38
1957-58 Renfrew Royals UOVHL
1958-59 Renfrew Royals UOVHL 17 4 13 0 0 6.59
1958-59 Pembroke Lumber Kings UOVHL 9 6 3 0 0 4.00
1959-60 Pembroke Lumber Kings UOVHL 9 7 2 0 2 2.67 6 2 4 0 0 4.17
1960-61 Pembroke Lumber Kings UOVHL 28 8 15 5 0 5.18 7 3 4 0 0 5.32
NHL Totals 3 1 2 0 0 6.00


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