December 13, 1930
A Goal…and That’s It? What More Does a Guy Have To Do?
Of course, among the thousands of players to appear in the NHL, some discovered that, unfortunately, their first game was also their last. Some 393 fall into this category, although several are still active and may get a shot at a second game in the future. But among those
343 are two who must have felt bitter after the fact. Consider the cases of Rolly Huard (Toronto, Dec. 13,
1930) and Dean Morton (Detroit, Oct. 5, 1989). Called up for one game, they scored a goal – yet never played in the NHL again. Ever. They are the only two players so unfortunate. And only 12 of the 343 one-game wonders made their lone appearances in playoff games, most famously Don Cherry (a.k.a. ‘Grapes’). He played for the Bruins March 31, 1955 and never again.