American goalie nicknamed Zero for his 40 shutouts. His 13-year career from 1938 to 1950 paved the way for other American players in the NHL.
He played amateur hockey in his hometown of Eveleth, Minnesota.
His success inspired other Americans to follow in his footsteps and for NHL recruits to pay more attention to U.S. players.
His 10 month-old son's death prompted him to ask for a trade so he could play closer to home.
What he did for Americans in the NHL is the equivalent of what Thomas Steen did for European players in the NHL.