Was Charle Gardiner suffering in 1934?

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  1. Big Phil

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    In 1934 in a story that doesnt get told a whole lot Chicago goalie Charlie Gardiner won his first and only Cup and then died that summer of a brain hemmorage. My question is does anyone know how much he suffered in the '34 Cup finals? I know it was just weeks after he won that he died but was he dying at the time? Anyone have a link or some more info on it?
     
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    I remember reading that he was having dizzy spells during the playoffs. I'll see if I can dig up the actual source later.
     
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    In Hockey Chronicle, in the chapter for the 1933-34 season numerous references to Gardiner's disease are mentioned. It states that Gardiner is suffering from a chronic tonsil infection, a disease that had begun to cause uremic convulsions. It implies that the infection also affected him emotionally, making winning the Cup an obsession with him. The article says that his body was "racked with pain" during the Finals. It must have been noticeable to others as well; Tommy Gorman turned to Lionel Conacher before game 3 and said "He's bad".

    I'll see if I can find an actual link somewhere with this info, but this is all I have so far.
     
  4. saskganesh

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    wiki has this:

    his stats (www.hockeygoalies.org) are incredible:

    GP Min W L T GA GAA ShO
    33-34 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 542 6 1 1 12 1.33 2


    all very unusual, including the fact he was captain of the hawks as well.
     
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    I was poking through Chapters the other day, hockey section, read a bit on that final and it said that when the play was in the opponent's zone, he needed to use the net for support to stand up.
     
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    The whole story is so sad.
     
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    You'd think it would be one of the most commonly known stories in the history of the league, given the combination of heroic play and tragedy - should be right up there with Barilko and Morenz. I wonder why it isn't, and so few people know about it. Probably because it wasn't in Toronto or Montreal, and it's a shame.
     
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    Every time I read about this story I think why hasn't some young budding Canadian director made a movie out of this story. That's the way to get it to more audiences this day and age.
     
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    I'd love to see a movie about it but there haven't even been ones made about Morenz and Barilko which, as MS said, are the more commonly known hockey tragedies.
     

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