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Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Rayner, a former Ranger, posted 25 shutouts
NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame goaltender Chuck Rayner, a three-time All-Star who played 10 years in the NHL, died of heart failure at age 82.
Rayner died Oct. 6 at his home in Langley, British Columbia, the league confirmed Wednesday.
Rayner played eight seasons with the New York Rangers from 1945-53 and two with the Brooklyn/New York Americans, compiling a career goals-against average of 3.05 with 25 shutouts.
During World War II, while playing for a touring Royal Canadian Armed Forces All-Star team, Rayner became the first goalie to skate the length of the ice and score a goal.
Rayner was part of the first goalie platoon in 1945-46, often sharing duties with Sugar Jim Henry, sometimes from game to game, sometimes from period to period. That was at a time when the six NHL teams usually carried just one goaltender and was two decades before teams went to the two-goalie system.
In 1950, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
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