Today in Hockey History: July 20

July 20 has been an exciting date in National Hockey League history regardless of no games being played. A Hall of Fame goaltender at long last terrains in a spot where he can get a turn the NHL. A double cross Stanley Cup victor resigns. There was a noteworthy recruit among the exploring positions and a skilled gathering of players were conceived.

Bower Heads East

On July 20, 1953, the New York Rangers procured Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower from the Cleveland Barons for goaltender Emile Francis, forward Neil Strain and money. Grove featured with the Barons somewhere in the range of 1945 and 1953. He won three Calder Cup titles and his 359 successes are as yet the most in American Hockey League (AHL) history.

Grove at long last made his NHL debut in 1953. He played in each moment of every one of the 70 games for the Rangers during the 1953-54 season, going 29-31-10. He lost his beginning employment to Gump Worsley the accompanying season and spent a great part of the following two seasons back in the AHL.

His profession took a significant turn when he was guaranteed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1958 Inter-League Draft. Arbor spent the following 12 seasons with the Maple Leafs and won four Stanley Cup titles and two Vezina Trophies. He was drafted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.

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