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Blackhawks: Bad coaching decision derailed the 1992 Stanley Cup

Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)
Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images) /
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Stu Crimson, Chicago Blackhawks
Stu Crimson #23, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images) /

Background of the “goalie-incident”

Before going too deep into that drama a little context is needed. Ed Belfour was a third-year player who was just coming off an All-Star season in which he won the Calder Trophy and Jennings trophy; each respectively awarded to the best rookie and best goalkeeper.

He also is in the Hall of Fame because he was a solid goalie. 1992 was a good year for him but he dealt with injuries that limited the keeper to only 52 games. His save percentage was still high, and his goals allowed was still low.

Belfour helped the Blackhawks to 21 wins, along with just giving up 132 goals in 52 games.

 

Dominik Hasek was a rookie from Czechoslovakia who only had five games experience before 1992. He would be a solid backup goalie for the team, playing in 20 games and only letting up 2.6 goals a game.

These two will eventually be connected, I promise.

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