Best Ice Hockey Goalies of All Time


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42 Bill Durnan

Montreal Canadian Hall of Fame Netminder. In his short 7 year career he earned 6 Vezina Awards, Two Stanley Cups, wore the C for a year (until the NHL made a rule called the Durnan rule barring goalies from captioning teams because teams were complaining that every time Durnan left the net to argue a call it was effectively giving his team the equivalent of a time out.) Set the record for consecutive shutouts from Feb. 26, to Mar. 6, 1949 and, held that record until it was broken in 2004 by Brian Boucher. Let me add that his first 4 Vezinas were consecutive. First Team-All Star 6 times. In his first two seasons with Montreal he won 38 of 50 games in both seasons in itself an amazing feat. If he could have continued to play in the NHL I can't imagine what records he would have set but, as we all know "If only" just doesn't matter when it comes to stats. However the hockey world knows a great when it sees one. Inducted into the HHOF in 1964 Durnan is one of the forgotten greats. Known ...more

43 George Hainsworth

It's hard to believe that a list of "All time Best Goaltenders" would not contain the Habs first brick wall. Hainsworth's stats alone earn him a place in the top twenty. If we're talking NHL only then top ten. In the 28-29 season in just 44 games he had 22 shutouts and a 0.92 GAA% mind boggling! In the 1930 season Hainsworth set a playoff record with the Habs that stands to this day with 270 minutes 8 seconds without a GA. Another netminder to wear the C Hainsworth won the first three Vezina Awards from 1926-1929. A Stanley Cup with the Habs and was inducted into the HHOF in 1961 George Hainsworth is one of the greatest of all time.

44 Turk Broda
45 Antti Niemi
46 Mike Vernon
47 Vladimír Dzurilla

Dzurilla, a refrigerator repairman by profession, was goalie for the Czechoslovak national team for over 16 years, winning three gold, three silver and four bronze medals at world championships as well as one silver and two bronze Olympic medals. However, in most of these tournaments Dzurilla and Jiri Holecek were battling to be Czechoslovakia's top goalkeeper and each were given their share of games.

For North American fans, he is mostly known for stopping 29 shots in a 1-0 win over Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup (where the Czechoslovaks finished second)

48 Gerry Cheevers

Best money goalie of his generation. Just won when it counted but not a great stat goalie.

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49 Kari Lehtonen
50 Kristers Gudlevskis

Great Olympic goalie saved 55 out of 57 shots against Canada in 2-1 loss

51 Scott Darling

He should be in top 20 at least

52 Mike Liut
53 Nikolai Khabibulin
54 Patrick Waugh
55 Matt Murray
56 Braden Holtby
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