Best Ice Hockey Goalies of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Dominik Hasek Dominik Hašek (born January 29, 1965) is a Czech former ice hockey goaltender. In his 16-season National Hockey League (NHL) career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators. During his years in Buffalo, he became one of the league's finest goaltenders, ...read more.

Unlike any goaltender before or after him, Hasek never had or ever needed a playing style. The czech team in 98 didn't even bother coming close to winning gold, but he was the best PLAYER in the world in the late 90's, when he almost wrote a very similar story in the 99 playoffs with Buffalo. This was crashed only because of a controversial call. 2 HART trophies, SIX VEZINAS, more than both roy & brodeur, and only planet won more vezinas, but only because they had 6 teams when Hasek won his 6 vezinas with a lot more competition and has the best career save percentage by a retired goaltender in modern era, while still playing for teams that were no were near playoff ready, until detroit in 2002 when he won it all

Sheer talent put the Dominator at the top of the list, no single player has had larger impact on a team in the NHL. He may not have won as many Cups, but his TWO Heart Trophies say all you need to know.

When he started playing for NHL everyone was surprised by his lack of style, he actually had no style at all! But then they realised that he was the best of all! Ill never forget Nagano 98... Hero!

Amazing memories. His shutout against Russia in gold medal game 1998, with play of the decade in third period. I have just one hockey t-shirt. Czech national team number 39!

2 Martin Brodeur

Brodeur is the greatest goaltender of all time. Critics say the trap helped him but they conveniently or ignorantly neglect the fact that he was one of the main key components of the trap being as successful as it was. The canadiens played the neutral zone trap as well when Roy played there. The difference was Brodeur's remarkable puck handling skills. The trap forces teams to dump the puck in the neutral zone, Brodeur would then use his stick handling skills and make passes, immediately putting the Devils back on the attack. When Montreal played the trap, Roy was almost inept when it came to handling the puck. Therefore he could not limit shots or scoring opportunities as Brodeur did. Brodeur gets criticized for not facing as many shots on average per game as Roy or Hasek. However, instead of stopping shots, he was stopping the scoring/shooting chances all together by handling the puck, simultaneously creating a scoring opportunity for his team. What more could you want in a ...more

Brodeur has seven, yes, SEVEN 40 win seasons. Hasek has one. Roy has one. Brodeur has 691 regular season wins. Roy has 551. Hasek has 389. Brodeur's puck playing ability is unmatched, and the NHL had to adapt to him, not the other way around. The most consistent player in any sport ever. If he had the rare bad game, he would bounce back with a shutout. He has the records, longevity, and credentials to truly be the greatest goalie of all time.

Not only is he the best, but he is also the most recognised as the best. Barely anybody has heard of Patrick Roy. I hadn't heard of him until I looked up top ten Ice Hockey Goalies of All time and found this website.

Most wins, most shutouts, best goalie to ever play the game. He's the reason why the NHL made the restrictions as to where goalie are allowed to play the puck

3 Patrick Roy Patrick Jacques Roy is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the former head coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

Most playoff wins and most con smyths no doubt cannot be touched. Not even by wayne gretzky. Even Gretzky picks Roy over Bordeur as the best all time. Has most playoff wins. Has more assists than Brodeur and played way less games. Hasek does not come close in playoff wins. That is his and the Blackhawks problem if he did not start early enough. We are not phycks to predict what would happen. We only go by facts. Roy more accomplishments than Hasek.

Evidence is evidence. Most overtime wine in a single playoff. Three con smythoos. Best playoff goalie ever. Martin Brodeau could nto have stolen the games Patrick Roy did during his playoff career. Domonic Hasek lead the Sabers to the Staley cup FInals and lost. Patrick Ro's Jabs pf 1993 had less talent than the Sabers of 1999. Roy and the Habs won the cup that year. It was not in Brodeaur's DNA to steal a game. It was in Roy's DNA. Jacque Plante played in the Original Six era. Roy would have more cups in that era. Ken Dryden did not play enough years. Roy is the best all time case closed

Brodeur missed the playoffs 10 times or more. Even in his prime Brodeur missed the playoffs more times than Roy. Roy only missed the playoffs once. Brodeur had backup goalies having better numbers than him. Roy adapted when things changed. Brodeur once he lost Stevens Neidermeir and daneko, he never won a cup after they left.

JUST LOOK AT THE STATS :
- Created the butterfly style (which every goalie uses today),
- 2nd most wins in regular season (played less than Brodeur)
- Most wins in playoffs
- Most Conn Smythe Trophies (including forward players)
- 4 Stanley Cups Wins
- 17 playoff seasons (starting goalie)
- 151 playoff wins (42 more than Brodeur)
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4 Vladislav Tretiak

As a goalie myself. I found him to be extremely intimidating to players because he very rarely gave them a second chance from rebounds. His very quick reflexes reduced quick passes, redirects, and deflections by 50% at least. The saddest part is that he was not allowed to play in the N.H.L. so that he could set new standards for up and coming goalies. I'm positive that he would have set records that like Gretzky and Orr would not be matched or beaten for years. By far an unsung hero.

Tretiak was the most intimidating goalie to ever put on pads. His three gold medals and one silver spanning 12 years of near total dominance are unprecedented. In that time Tretiak won every game played against NHL teams including all star competitions. Had he been allowed to play in the NHL for those 12 plus years, all indications are that Tretiak would have dominated the NHL.

I was very young when my primary school shut down to watch Canada vs Russia.
Even though I am a true Canadian and love hockey, all I remember about that time was now mater how good our players were...he stopped goal after goal after goal.
I think he was the best...

Tretiak was feared by the Americans. That should be enough to take the Number 1 spot. He stopped some of the best NHL goal scorers. If the Soviet Union let him play in the NHL, there is no doubt in my mind that he would be Number 1. You can't discredit him for playing on a rival "team," you have to give credit where credit is do.

5 Terry Sawchuk

4 Stanley Cups, 103 wins with smaller schedules, and unbelievable 4 shutouts and 8 straight wins in the Stanley cup playoffs. Best goalie ever!

Put his body on the line at an age when keepers didn't wear face masks. THAT'S how hard he was. Check his stats. Legend

As far as I concerned, Terry Sawchuck was the greatest hockey goaltender of all time.

4 cups enough said

6 Jacques Plante

When Jacques Plante was together with Bernie Parent in Toronto He refined the Goaltending Methods of Bernie Parent and taught Him everything He knew about the Position. After that Bernie Parent improved dramatically and is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame with Jacques Plante! That is just one of many reasons why Jacques Plante is the best ever!

When some else is awarded their seventh vezina, only then will you see his equal.

Plante was a leaf Plante was the best

No brainer he is the best 7 vezinas 6 Stanley cups and two hart's don't lie

7 Ken Dryden

I am a montreal born in the sixties, Ken Dryden is a god!

No question. His 5 cups in 8 years is all you need to know.

In my opinion, he was the best!

No doubt, the best ever...

8 Georges Vezina

He does have the top goalie trophy named after him.

9 Mike Richter

Mike Richter was a brick wall when it came to breakaways and penalty shots.

Best man! On and off the ice

10 Glenn Hall

Glenn Hall deserves to be in the top five goalies on this or any list. He won three Vezina trophies, the Calder trophy and the Conn Smythe trophy in the 1968 playoffs. He played 552 games in a row--an all time record. He also made seven first all star teams and four second teams. Was rated No.16 by the Hockey news in 1998 of the NHL greatest players of all time.

Top 5 for sure

The Contenders

11 Carey Price Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

Of any of the listed goalies, this is the guy I would have starting on my all-time team. He is as close as you can get to a perfect goalie.

It is because of him that montreal went to the conference finals. If only kreider didn't injured him, we would have win the cup.

Sure his team may not back him up as much as would be asked by a goalie he is amazing

Only hasek has more ted lindsays and harts, but carey price has way better stats. He had 44 wins, 1.96 GAA.933 SV%, and 9 shutouts in one year. That's better than Dominik Hasek.

12 Jaroslav Halak

Absolute brick wall. Catches fire often and turns into the terminator. The single goalie that strikes the most fear in my heart when in the opposing pipes.

Probably the best goaltender ever to know how to get his defense to rally around him. Hockey is a team sport and he is a team player.

"Not better than the 30 on the Rangers" How is Halak not better than Lundqvist? Lundqvist lost 8 games in a row to halak.

Great goalie. Lead Islanders to consecutive playoff appearences.

13 Marc-Andre Fleury

Most entertaining goalie on the ice today. Combines skill, natural talent and just plain fun to watch

He's awesome and he just got six wins Ina row with penguins.

I love Flower! Great personality and a great goaltender.

I love the way MCFLEURY plays! Very fast and his vision is just insane!

14 Ron Hextall

1st goalie to score a goal in the regular season and playoffs. By far the most aggressive and feared goalie ever! Youtube Ron Hextall and you will have a greater respect for him!

15 Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

I think he should be ahead of brodeur. Brodeur is very overrated and I think Lundqvist is very underrated. Lundqvist has a better save percentage, and has the record for most consecutive game seven wins ever, which shows his clutchness. Brodeur got all his wins on one of the best defensive teams of all time while Lundqvist had to get his on a team with a crappy defense for the last 10 years. For as long as I have seen Lundqvist in net the rangers have never had a GOOD defense. And Lundqvist still managed to get a better save percentage then Brodeur. Think about this Brodeur has a worse save percentage then Lundqvist by a lot but a better goals against average. How is this so? This is because Brodeur faced a lot less shots on his great defensive team so he gave up more goals per shot then Lundqvist but still gave up less goals per game because he only had like 15-20 shots against him per game. This is why save percentage is way more accurate in ranking goalies then goals against ...more

The best goalie ever in Sweden and I think that he is good even if he lost many games in NHL. But I say the lose many games because of the New York Rangers defense man, and that they traded away Marian Gaborik.

He deserves to be much higher...Best goalie in Rangers History. He defiantly deserves to e higher than Ben Bishop, Fleury and Rinne.

Easy the greatest goaltender of all time. He led the comeback series win against the Capitals when the Rangers were down 3-1.

16 Pekka Rinne Pekka Rinne is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

Best finnish goalie sharp and very good blocker. Good with team play and doesent take any bad riskies. Good winning precent because he is good

4 time Vezina finalist, 3 40 win seasons, incredible save percentage. He puts everything out on the ice! Such an amazing person and player!

Vote 4 Rinne! Still somehow one of the most underrated Goalies ever

Amazing flexibility and long arms

17 Ed Belfour

Eagle great nickname and great goalie

Should be number 4 or maybe higher

Amazing amazing amazing!

He played for the Sioux in college. LETS GO SIOUX, LETS GO SIOUX, EDDIE THE EAGLE!

18 Grant Fuhr

He is the best! He served the Oilers in the great times and have been a great goalie. I'm surprised he did not make the top 5

Wayne gretzky quated "he is the best golie I haver saw" and yes he did say that

19 Tuukka Rask Tuukka Mikael Rask is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

He is an amazing goalie. He is a brick wall. He is outstanding goalie. Tuukk! Well the RA I’ll are you okay how are you is amazing although he is a brick wall that only covers half and that it is the top path he is amazing he is saying one person that because this is a very I’m like not everyone finds it so is it an out standing goal attendant goalie I love him that’s good do you care!

Eh... Tim Thomas is better than him when it comes to Bruins goalies.

No way Hank is much better

Amazing, best Bruin in history. #BrickWall

20 Artūrs Irbe

Irbe was best goal keeper in the world!

I don't even know this guy?

Yeah right! He stinks!

He is the best!

21 Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Luongo has always played elite tier he has only played on a good team for 1 or 2 years and yet he is amoung the best in wins. he carries every team he has been on and gets the unfair blame because he couldn't win a game by being the only person on the ice to actually be playing

Carried Canucks to the finals in 2011 wherein he had two shutouts and currently making a horrendous team appear at least respectable in Florida. Lu was simply never fortunate enough to be blessed with a dominant team.

He does not deserve to be this low!

Don’t forget he won the Olympic gold for Canada in Vancouver in 2010. He should be Number 1!

22 Tony Esposito

I don't think he's the number one best goalie of all time, but Tony Esposito definitely deserves to be a lot higher than he currently is on the list- probably somewhere in the lower half of the top 10. He's very underrated nowadays.

Best goalie ever consider the amount of shots on net and team in front of him he was a star

I can't believe he's not on this list.

All those shutouts...

23 Bernie Parent

2 Stanley Cups & 2 Vezina's & would have had more wins if not for a freak eye injury. People say that the Flyers & The Broad Street Bullies Gooned their way to those 2 Cups in '74 & '75, but it was his net minding that was the REAL DIFFERENCE! Also if he is not hurt in '76 Cup Finals it might have been 3 Straight Cups!

The ultimate money goalie, so intense.

No doubt he is the best

24 Jiří Holeček

Great Czech keeper. Played agaist Tretjak and looked better!

25 Jonathan Quick Jonathan Douglas Quick is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

He needs to be above RINNE. He is amazing he always makes amazing saves. Love him. I'm a goalie person I like other positions but love goalies but I HATE rinne.

One of the best goalies because he blocks those big saves

Also deserves to be higher then ben bishop and rinne

The most naturally skilled goalie ever.

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