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Georges Vezina


1887 Born January 21 in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
c. 1905 Learns to skate after playing goalie position in boots since his youth
1910 Signed by the Montreal Canadiens after playing well in an exhibition game against the professional team
c. 1910 Marries wife with whom he would have 22 children (only two would survive to adulthood)
1910 Makes debut with the Montreal Canadiens, December 31
1910-12 Vezina's goals against average leads the NHA
1912-13 Backstops his way to first shutout of his career
1917-18 Becomes first goalie to post shutout in NHL
1923-25 Leads NHL in goals against average
1925 Plays in last game on November 25, collapsing on the ice
1926 Dies of tuberculosis on March 24
2000 Pair of his goalie pads (perhaps the only ones in existence) are cut up and attached to certain collectable trading cards, outraging hockey historians

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Famous Sports StarsHockeyGeorges Vezina Biography - Early Years, Joined The Montreal Canadiens, Won First Stanley Cup, Chronology, Played Through Injury, Illness