A goalie from 1929 to 1943, Bill Beveridge is the perfect example of just how tough it was to play in the NHL in the decades before expansion. Despite being a superb goalie, he spent most of his fourteen seasons in the minors or at the end of the bench in the NHL.
His first season of pro hockey came with the Detroit Cougars in the days before the team was known as the Red Wings, but it didn’t go well, and he was a part-timer with Ottawa the next year and in the minors the year after. He later played with two teams that became defunct the St. Louis Eagles and the Montreal Maroons and finished with the New York Rangers. In between, he spent most of his time in the IAHL (International-American Hockey League) and then later in the renamed AHL.
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Beveridge liked to choose a teammate to sit beside in the dressing room. He’d have that player as a stall friend until the team lost, after which he’d settle in beside someone else. In 1938-39, he went even one superstition further. He partnered with Bob McCully for most of the year, but Beveridge could not leave the dressing room until he said, “Move over, Bob” at least once.