The Blackhawks’ legend in his glory days. picture courtesy: www.nhlsnipers.com
We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.
Ed Belfour 1988-1997
Goals Against Average-2.65
Goals Against Average-2.21
Eddie Belfour crashed the NHL party and never looked back winning the Calder trophy and Vezina trophy in his rookie campaign while winning 43 game which is still a Blackhawks single season record. Belfour also picked up the nickname the Eagle that year from legendary coach Mike Keenan for his helmet design.
Belfour was an emotional goalie that could back up his actions and he led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Final in 1992 only to fall in four tightly fought battles to Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Belfour was fun to watch in net and did some amazing things between the pipes including this huge glove save.
Unfortunately, Belfour couldn’t win the big one with the Blackhawks, but he would win a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars. Belfour would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011 and it was honor he deserved.
Belfour ended his career where old goalies go to die in Florida (see Roberto Luongo) but his time in between the pipes in Chicago will never be forgotten as a character and a great goalie that somehow ended up in the Hall of Fame even though he went undrafted which goes to show that being a great goalie is the hardest thing for scouts to determine.
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