Born William Ronald Durnan ( January 22nd, 1916 – October 31st, 1972) in Toronto, Ontario. Willy was a professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens for only 7 seasons in the NHL.
Willy was a remarkable goalie who was ambidextrous and had special gloves made that could both catch the puck or handle the stick. He would switch hands depending on which wing the shooter was coming down.
During the 1947-48 season, Durnan served as the Canadiens’ captain. However, he left the crease so often to argue calls that other teams claimed he was giving the Canadiens unscheduled timeouts. After the season, the NHL passed a rule barring goaltenders from performing the duties of captain, known as the “Durnan Rule.”
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