47- SAM LOPRESTI BLACKHAWKS-j(Picture courtesy from sportsmania101.com)
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On March 4, 1941 Sam Lopresti was in net for the Chicago Blackhawks when they faced off against the Boston Bruins in old Boston Garden and a record was set that may never get broken in the annals of NHL history.
Lopresti took the net and was barraged by shot after shot from the Boston Bruins on this evening. In the first period Lopresti saved 27 shots, 31 shots in the 2nd period, and finally 22 shots in the third to set the all-time record 0f 80 saves in a NHL game.
The unfortunate part of the night was the fact that 3 of the 83 shots the Bruins fired on Lopresti with one late in the third period was the game winner in a 3-2 Bruins victory a tough way to pick up loss after stopping 80 shots.
Sam played two seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks going 30-38-6 and had a great night in Boston, but his greatest feat didn’t come on the ice but after he joined the U.S. Navy in World War II
Lopresti was on a Ship in the Atlantic and it was shot down by German U-boats, Lopresti and 28 Americans were on a lifeboat for 42 days travelling 2,500 miles to the coast of Brazil. Before they were saved and while they were starving on the raft, Lopresti spotted a dolphin and dove in the Atlantic and was able to catch the dolphin and feed the survivors on the U-boat.
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Lopresti lived an incredible life and was an American hero and on this date he set an NHL record while wearing the Chicago Blackhawks uniform.
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