After the Tragedy of Pelle Lindbergh, This Goalie Never "Froese". New Museum Addition!

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After the Tragedy of Pelle Lindbergh, This Goalie Never "Froese". New Museum Addition!

Post by IrbeFan4Life » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:56 pm

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Born on June 30, 1958 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Bob Froese was a standout goalie in the OHA, last playing for the Niagara Falls Flyers in 1977-78. In 1978, Froese was drafted 160th overall by the St. Louis Blues. For several seasons, Froese jumped around from the IHL to the AHL, eventually being signed as a free agent by Philadelphia in 1981. In the 1982-83 season, he got his opportunity. On January 8, 1983 he appeared against the Hartford Whalers, stopping 20 of 24 shots in a 7-4 victory. For a time, he actually held the rookie record for consecutive games without a loss to start a career, appearing in 13 games before recording his first loss in his 14th. That season, he appeared in 25 games. Behind Pelle Lindbergh, Froese then appeared in 48 games the following season, then another 17 the next year. He began the 1985-86 season as back-up to Pelle Lindergh, however, tragedy struck in November of 1985 when Lindbergh passed away following a horrific car accident. This unfortunate circumstance thrust Froese into the starting role. He appeared in 51 games, recorded a career high 31 wins, with a 2.55GAA and as a result, he finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy behind John Vanbiesbrouck of the Rangers. The following year, 1986-87, a young Ron Hextall supplanted Froese and as a result, Froese was sent to the New York Rangers. There, he remained, until the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. In 1987, he was also briefly the second ever goalie credited with a goal, however, it was taken away after the review saw he did not touch it. After his playing career concluded, he took on the role of a goalie coach for the Rangers and then the Islanders before he stepped away from the game altogether to become a minister. To this day, he is still a pastor in New York.

In his career, Bob Froese appeared in 267 games, recording a 145-75-22 record with 17 shutouts, 12 assists, a 3.04GAA, and a 0.890% save average. In 18 playoff games, he recorded a 3-9 record with a 3.98GAA, 2 assists, and a 0.869% save average.

What you are looking at right now is a 1986-87 season worn home jersey used by Bob Froese. What limited this to 1986-87 was the Cosby tagging in combination with the hem not having any CCM logo on it. The jersey features very light wear on the torso and some small marking on the sleeves. Additionally, exhibiting similar traits to Doug Soetaert jerseys (as he was the #33 wearer that year before Froese was acquired in December) the ends of the sleeves were cut off as it was possible that Froese's gear was too tight to fit through the non-goalie modified jersey, whereas Soetaert's were intact despite the same trait.

Acquired from: Private collector in Winnipeg

Dates of Game Use: Unknown at this time

Photomatched: Not yet, referenced.

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Re: After the Tragedy of Pelle Lindbergh, This Goalie Never "Froese". New Museum Addition!

Post by HammerHawks » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:43 pm

Glad it arrived! It's an honor to have had a small piece in the museum!
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Re: After the Tragedy of Pelle Lindbergh, This Goalie Never "Froese". New Museum Addition!

Post by creasecollector » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:34 pm

Fantastic add to the museum :) Can't go wrong with a Rangers gamer! I always loved that jersey style.
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