1. Tony Esposito
There are arguments on who is the best goalie in Blackhawks’ history. Is it Belfour or is it Tony Esposito? Overall, it has to be Esposito. It is very tough to say, all of the goalies on this list played in different eras. I have different reasons for why these players are where they are.
At the end of the day, Esposito has to be one of, if not the best goalie to never win a Stanley Cup. Besides 13 games in Montreal, Esposito spent his whole career with the Blackhawks. He is a legend in Chicago.
Esposito has the record for most wins in franchise history. With a 418-302-148 record, no one is touching that for a long time. It’ll take a goalie that plays his whole career with the Blackhawks, as a starter.
In his career, the Hall of Fame goalie was a five-time All-Star, won three Vezina Trophies, and was the Rookie of the Year in 1970. Which stinks for Esposito is his inability to win in the playoffs. In 18 seasons, he just played in 99 playoff games. He was 45-53 during those games.
There’s a lot of credit still given to Esposito today. He is the gold standard of goalies for the Blackhawks’ origination. Whenever a new goalie comes to town, fans are hoping for the next Esposito.
We have had our next Esposito with Crawford as our goalie since 2011. Crawford won’t catch the records Esposito has, but he still could win another Stanley Cup. It depends on Crawford’s health. When he is on his A-game, he is just as sharp as he was in 2015. When he struggles, it’s bad.
It’s very important to always remember the ones that came before the future of the team. We’ve been very lucky with amazing skaters we’ve seen this past decade. We still can’t forget about the ones who bail out the skaters.
Tell us at home, who is the best goalie in Blackhawks’ history?