Former Zags' Record Still Intact

June 1, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. - Frank McCool's name is still in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup record book.

The former Gonzaga University goaltender (1939-40) saw Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy close in on his record of 168:21 of shutout hockey in Stanley Cup finals road games. But the New Jersey Devils kept McCool in the record book Thursday when they ended Roy's road shutout streak at 156:28.

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, including the record road streak. His three straight shutouts in the finals is also still a record.

Inducted into the Gonzaga Univeristy 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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