Former Gonzaga Hockey Goalie's Record Matched

April 24, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - St. Louis Blues goalie Brent Johnson equaled a National Hockey League playoff record last tied by former Gonzaga University goaltender Frank McCool when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With his 1-0 shutout Tuesday of the Chicago Blackhawks, Johnson recorded his third straight playoff shutout.

McCool posted three straight shutouts against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1945 Stanley Cup finals as he had a streak of 193 minutes of shutout hockey to his credit. His three straight shutouts in the finals is also still a record. In addition to Johnson and McCool, the others who recorded three straight NHL playoff shutouts are Clint Benedict with the 1926 Montreal Maroons and John Ross Roach of the 1929 New York Rangers.

Inducted into the Gonzaga University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, McCool played all 50 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs during the 1944-45 season, led the NHL with four shutouts and won the Calder Cup as the NHL Rookie of the Year. He registered four more playoff shutouts in helping the Leafs to the Stanley Cup.

Nicknamed "Ulcers" because he drank ulcer medication during games, McCool retired from the NHL after his one pro season because of his medcial condition and returned to Calgary, Alberta. The Maple Leafs' regular goalie Walter (Turk) Broda was also set to return to the team after missing the 1944-45 season because of military service.

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