The NHL has many talented players at every position. One of those positions is the goaltender. Many say it comes down the goaltender to win it all. During the season and playoffs when a goalie gets hot the team will win the Stanley Cup. It, of course, is the ultimate prize in hockey. Some sports fans say it is the hardest and best trophy to win in all of the sports. I will leave that to the different sports fans. My assignment today was to try and rack my brain and listing the top five goalies of all-time. This is not an easy assignment because no matter who I chose I will not please everyone. These are my picks for the top five goalies of all-time in the NHL.
How can this gentleman not be on the list? The trophy that the top goaltender wins every year is called the Vezina trophy. Vezina played nine seasons in the NHL all with the Montreal Canadians. He played in 190 games with a 103-81-5 record. Vezina’s goal against average was 3.28. That is not bad for a GAA. His career lasted from 1910-1925. Vezina was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1945. He helped the Canadians win two Stanley Cups in 1916 and 1924. Vezina is one of the best to play the game and he belongs on the list of the best.
4. Grant Fuhr
He is on this list because he was one of the best to put on the pads. Fuhr’s nationality is African Canadian. As many know not too many of that nationality play the game of hockey. However, that did not factor into my decision on why I put him on my list. Fuhr made the list because of his great play. He played for the Edmonton Oilers from 1981-1991 and played with many teams in the final nine years from 1991-2000. Fuhr had the longest undefeated streak in his first year with 23 straight games. He won five Stanley Cups. Fuhr was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2003.
Hasek was nicknamed the Dominator. He played from 1980-2011. Hasek played in 735 games and his record was 389-223-95 with 2.20 GAA and .922 saving average. The years that most remember him for was with the Buffalo Sabers and Detroit Red Wings. Hasek also played with the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators. He won two Stanley Cups and six Vezina trophies. Hasek holds the record for most under the current voting system. He was one of the best between the 1990s and early 2000s. The goaltender position changed forever when Hasek played and finished his career.
2. Patrick Roy
Roy’s career was from 1984-2003. He played for two teams the Montreal Canadians and Colorado Avalanche. Roy won four Stanley Cups two with each team. He also won three Vezina trophies. Roy played in 1029 games with a record of 551-315-131 with a 2.54 GAA and .910 saves average. While playing with the Avs who had a rivalry with Detriot Red Wings, Roy was big on the fights that occur in about all the games these two teams played against each other. At one time he held the record for most wins amongst goaltenders that is until my number one pick.
Brodeur is my all-time favorite goaltender. His career started in 1991 and lasted until 2015. The two teams he played for were the New Jersey Devils and one year with the St. Louis Blues. He played in 1266 games with a 691-397-154 record and 2.24 GAA with a .912 saves average. He has the most wins of any goaltender in history. Brodeur won three Stanley Cups all with the New Jersey Devils. He won the Vezina trophy five times. His stats are the best that ever worn a pair of goal pads. They may never be passed we will have to wait and see.
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