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Throwback Thursday: Ed Belfour

By Josh Brink
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Eddie the Eagle and his famous mask (Photo courtesy of blackhawkslegends.blogspot.com)

Even after helping the University of North Dakota win the NCAA Championship in the 1986-87 season he somehow slipped through the 1987-88 Entry Draft undrafted. Luckily for the Chicago Blackhawks they stumbled upon a future Hall-of-Fame player who is ranked near the top of the list as one of the greatest goalies ever. He achieved this elite goalie status with strong work ethic and maybe even taking his job a little too serious at times which gave him the bad guy image at times. Regardless his play backed up his antics and lead to possibly one of the best rookie campaigns by anyone in the 1990-91 season. He earned 43 wins in 74 games played, which still stands as an NHL & Blackhawks rookie record. These numbers earned him a hefty stash of hardware at the end of the season including the Calder Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy, and William M. Jennings Trophy. He was also nominated for the Hart trophy, which rarely ever happens for a rookie/goaltender. Unfortunately Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues won the honor.

During the 1991-92 season following his magnificent rookie start he held up to the test of the doubters. He helped contribute to a run at the Stanley Cup in only his second season in the league. The Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh Penguins were too much to handle and won the close ones beating the Blackhawks in 4 games. He continued to put up good numbers and won awards in the following seasons but midway through the 1996-97 season Ed Belfour turned down a contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks. This led to his trading to the San Jose Sharks immediately after. He eventually signed with the Dallas Stars in 1997 and won a Stanley Cup with them in 1999. He played there until 2002 when they did not resign him and then agreed to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Belfour later ended his NHL playing career with the Florida Panthers where he still was putting up above average numbers. In 2011 in his first year of eligibility, Ed Belfour was named to the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame.

Noteable accomplishments:

  • 5x NHL All-Star (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999)
  • 4x William M. Jennings Trophy (1991, 1993, 1995, 1999)
  • 2 x Vezina Trophy (1991,1993)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1991)
  • NCAA Championship w/  University of North Dakota (1987)
  • Stanley Cup w/ Dallas Stars (1999)
  • Gold Medal Canadian Olympic Team (2002)
  • Total career stats – 963 games, 484 wins , 320 losses, T/O 125, .906 SV%, 2.50 GAA

Any Eddie the Eagle fans out there on Throwback Thursday? Let me know what your thoughts are or any specific memories you may have in the comments below!

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