Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Herb Rheaume
In 1925 the Montreal Canadiens were a desperate team. They had lost the backbone of the franchise in the first game of the 1925-26 season, that being the legendary Georges Vezina. At first, the team tried Alphonse Lacroix, the goalkeeper from the 1924 USA Olympic team, but the NHL could not loan their only designated backup goaltender for the full season. In mid-December the Canadiens signed Herb Rheaume to a contract and immediately threw him into action. For the rest of the season Rheaume would stand between the pipes.

The native of Mason, Quebec played his first organized hockey in the Ottawa area before moving on to Hamilton senior team, of the Ontario Hockey Association. After 1920-21, Rheaume moved on to Boston and New Haven before returning to Quebec. Herb played two seasons in the ECHA with Trois-Rivieres and Quebec before joining the Canadiens. Rheaume was considered the best Quebec prospect at the time, which was essential for the Montreal Canadien image. Vezina had been the local hero that drew crowds wherever the Canadiens toured.

Herb Rheaume made his National Hockey League debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game happened to be the first regular season game for a New York based hockey club in the NHL. It was the Americans debut on home ice and everyone from the Mayor to the Governor General' s Foot Guards Band was present. Rheaume was beaten by Shorty Green in the first period but held the fort after that play. The Canadiens tied the score and went ahead in the second period. Howie Morenz rounded out the scoring in the last frame. Rheaume had won his first game and ruined the New York Americans debut at home.

Although he only played for one season in the NHL, Herb Rheaume did establish a mark among goaltenders. His ten wins set a record for most victories while serving only one NHL season. Hec Highton later tied the mark and Harvey Bennett. Rheaume's career took him to the west and eventual settlement in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was there that he died on January 1, 1953

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1915-16 Ottawa Grand Trunk OCHL 3 2 1 0 1 3.00
1916-17 Ottawa Grand Trunk OCHL 8 2 5 1 1 2.75
1917-18 Hull Canadiens OCHL 4 0 4 0 0 2.75
1917-18 Hull Canadiens HOHL 5 0 2.00
1918-19 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 8 6 2 0 0 4.38 4 2 2 0 0 3.25
1918-19 Hamilton Tigers Al-Cup 2 1 1 0 0 2.77
1919-20 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 6 5 1 0 0 2.83 2 1 1 0 0 3.00
1920-21 Hamilton Tigers OHA-Sr. 9 3 6 0 0 4.33
1921-22 Boston Westminsters USAHA
1922-23 New Haven Westminsters USAHA
1923-24 Trois-Rivieres Renards ECHA 2 1 1 0 1 0.50
1924-25 Quebec Sons of Ireland ECHA 8 4 4 0 0 2.88
1925-26 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 10 20 1 0 2.92
1926-27 Boston Tigers Can-Am 32 14 15 3 5 1.39
1927-28 Boston Tigers Can-Am 40 21 14 5 6 1.70 2 2 0 0 0 2.00
1928-29 Boston Tigers Can-Am 40 21 15 4 11 1.36 4 4 0 0 1 1.00
1929-30 Boston Tigers Can-Am 40 17 18 5 1 3.13 3 2 1 0 1 2.33
1930-31 St. Louis Flyers AHA 34 10 21 3 3 2.97
1931-32 St. Louis Flyers AHA 35 13 14 8 7 1.70
1932-33 Regina<196>Vancouver Maroons WCHL 30 15 13 2 0 3.40 2 0 1 0 0 4.00
1933-34 Portland Buckaroos NWHL 34 1 3.47
1934-35 Edmonton Eskimos NWHL 21 1 3.76
1935-36 Vancouver Lions NWHL 10 7 1 2 2 1.91 7 3 4 0 1 2.65
NHL Totals 31 10 20 1 0 2.92


Signed as a free agent by Montreal, December 13, 1925.
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