It certainly remains one of the most spectacular, as well as significant, single-game goaltending performances in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
On the final day of the ice hockey tournament at Oslo in 1952, the United States goaltender DICK DESMOND withstood a 58-shot barrage from the national team of Canada, a.k.a. the Edmonton Mercurys.
Canada, already having clinched the gold medal heading into the game, was, nonetheless, searching for an unblemished record and nearly achieved the extraordinary feat of a shot-on-goal per minute for the length of a contest. The 2-0 first-period margin to start the match served notice of Canadian intentions sufficiently.
The Americans, only as a result of yeoman’s work from Desmond and in spite of their own total of just 13 shots-on-goal, ultimately knotted the score for good at 3-3 on a goal from the University of Minnesota’s JIMMY SEDIN with less than two minutes remaining.
The United States, on the strength of the draw, secured the silver medal in Oslo. As it turned out, because Czechoslovakia blanked Sweden 4-0 on the final day as well, a loss to Canada for the U.S. would have yielded fourth place and, thus, no hardware to take home at all. Without question, Desmond, the former Dartmouth University star, was decisive in goal.