GERRY "CHEESEY" CHEEVERS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: MILT SCHMIDT - HFSID 278583
Sale Price $573.75
GERRY CHEEVERS, CO-SIGNED BY: MILT SCHMIDT
This numbered b/w 16x20 photo has two generations of Hockey Hall of Famers: Milt Schmidt, who was inducted in 1961, and Gerry Cheevers of the Class of 1985. Both were on the Bruins' championship 1970 and 1972 teams - Schmidt as general manager, Cheevers as goalkeeper - and are shown in this photo at practice.
Photograph signed "Gerry Cheevers/ 30/ HOF 85" and "#15/ Milt Schmidt/ HOF 61", both in silver ink. Also numbered "8/100" in blue ink in unknown hand in lower right corner. B/w, 15¾x19¾. Schmidt was general manager of the Bruins during their 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup wins. Cheevers was one of the players underneath him on those championship teams. CHEEVERS, born in St. Catharines, Ontario, is a former professional hockey goaltender. One of the first aggressive goalies, who would leave the crease to play "third defenseman", he got his professional start in 1956, at age 16, with St. Michael's Majors in the Ontario Hockey Association. Evne before joining the NHL, Cheevers proved himself an effectve goalie. He still holds the American Hockey League single-season record for most victories by a goalkeeper and tallied 48 victories in 1964-1965, helping the Rochester Americans to their first Calder Cup championship. Cheevers is most associated with the Boston Bruins, whom he joined in 1965-1966 and was a member of, off and on, until 1979-1980. He was a member of their 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup-winning rosters and set a record in 1971-1972 with 33 consecutive wins. Cheevers was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. SCHMIDT, born in Kichener, Ontario in 1918, who joined the Boston Bruins as a center in the last half of the 1936-1937 season, became a part of the formidable "Kraut Line" (also known as the "Kitchener Kids") of the 1930s and 1940s. Schmidt played on two Stanley Cup Champion Bruins teams (1939, 1941) before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. He returned to the Bruins after the war, winning the 1950 Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer and serving as team captain from 1950 to 1954. He then coached the Bruins from 1954 to 1966. Schmidt became the Bruins' General Manager in 1967, and during his tenure, the Bruins won Stanley Cups in 1970 and 1972. Schmidt, who coached the expansion Washington Capitals during the 1974-1975 season, soon returned to Boston and became a good-will ambassador for the Bruins. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Famein 1961. Light creases on image, otherwise in fine condition.
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