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Throwback Thursday: Ed Belfour

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Ed Belfour stretches for a save (Photo courtesy of fiveminutesforfighting.com)

Ed Belfour stretches for a save (Photo courtesy of fiveminutesforfighting.com)

Ed Belfour #30

Chicago Blackhawks Career – (1988-1997)

Games – 415

Wins – 201

T/O - 56

SV% – .903

GAA – 2.65

Shutouts – 30

Won Calder Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy, and William M. Jennings Trophy during rookie campaign

Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in the 2011

This week Throwback Thursday features goalie Ed Belfour, a.k.a. “Eddie the Eagle”, who was signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks after going undrafted in 1987. Ed Belfour was given the nickname “Eddie the Eagle” by Mike Keenan after his coach saw his eagle mask for the first time. When Belfour was asked why an eagle, he stated “I’ve always liked the eagle as a bird. It is a strong figure representing individuality, leadership, confidence, and outstanding vision. Its hunting and aggression are characteristics I admire, so when I was thinking of what I wanted on my mask, the eagle was a natural choice”. Even after his departure from the Blackhawks later in his career, he took the eagle design with him altering the eagle a little and changed the background to the current team’s colors.  (Quote courtesy of ndgoon.blogspot.com)

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