Former Great Britain netminder Jimmy Foster has been inducted into the IIHF Hall Of Fame for 2023.
Foster was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 13th September 1905 and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 4th January 1969.
He was one of the world’s finest goaltenders in the 1930s, backstopping Great Britain to their momentous gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics.
Throughout the rest of the decade, the keeper was a mainstay between the pipes for GB and Harringay Greyhounds, earning a reputation on both teams as a shutout king.
In his five seasons in British club hockey he recorded 24 shutouts.
The selection was made by the IIHF Historical/Hall of Fame Working Group, led by its chairperson and IIHF Chairman Luc Tardif.
The IIHF Hall of Fame’s 2023 Induction Ceremonies will take place prior to the medal games of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Sunday 28th May in Tampere, Finland.
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Foster was inducted into the UK Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950. Click here to read more.
Jimmy Foster played in 29 games at the Olympics and World Championships in the 1930s, winning Olympic gold in 1936 and two silver medals at the Worlds. No other goalie outside the “top six” hockey nations has ever won as many medals in international play. He allowed only 22 goals and recorded a combined 16 shutouts, more than any other goalie in IIHF history. During the period 1936-39, no other goalie played for Great Britain in IIHF competition, and he lost only five games, three of which were against Canada. In four of those five losses, Great Britain failed to score a goal.