Best NHL Goalies of All Time

Let me get this clear, this is the goalies who did the best in the NHL, not in any other leagues.

The Top Ten

1 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. It was Brodeur's remarkable puck handling that really made the difference. The trap forces teams to dump the puck in the neutral zone, Brodeur would then use his skill and make passes immediately putting the Devils back on the attack. When Montreal played the trap Roy was not a force to be reckoned with 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. However instead of stopping shots, he was stopping the scoring/shooting chances all together by handling the puck. Stopping the opportunity is just as important as stopping the shot. Then the Brodeur rule came ...more

All time win/shoutout leader

Stats don’t lie

He is the best of all time and also nice personalite

2 Patrick Roy 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.

Roy stole way more games than Brodeur. Roy had a way better record in overtime in the playoffs than Brodeur. Roy still has one more assist than Brodeur and played way less games. Brodeur missed the playoffs at least 10 times. Roy only missed the playoffs once. Brodeur played a role in those teams missing the playoffs. Brodeur has the most losses all time.

Patrick Roy developed goalie equipment. He developed goalies for years to come. Goalies today even pick Roy over Brodeur. In 1993, I do not see Brodeur stealing those games like Roy. Brodeur has the most losses all time and at the same time even lost his starting job in New Jersey. Was never a starter in St. Louis. Brodeur made a conscious choice to play so long no one held a gun to his head..

Goalies even today pick Patrick Roy over Martin Brodeur. Gretzky even pick Roy over Brodeur. Is Gretzky purjering himself.

I will take my playoff stats over regular season stats any day. Most wins in the playoffs. Most overtime wins in a single playoff. Most importantly three consmyths, not topped even by Wayne Gretzky.

3 Dominik Hasek

Hasek is the best. Brodeur is overrated. Hasek is the best.

Statistically, in the current era (tracking save%) Hasek owns the best save % and second best GAA career stats. Yeah, Brodeur has the most wins, but he also holds the record for the most losses as well. It really isn't close. In the stats that actually define a goalies skill, and not the team's performance, Hasek crushes everyone.


The man

4 Jacques Plante

Where is ed belfor.

Goalie mask

5 Terry Sawchuk

4 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, 447 Wins and 103 Shutouts. All in the 50's and 60's when playing goal was much different than today. It's hard to compare players from different era's but I am sure his numbers would be even better playing in the modern era of goalie protection at all cost.

6 Glenn Hall

Mr. Hall's butterfly style revealed that he was a strong competitor that took the position of goaltender to a different level.

He was nicknamed "Mr. Goalie" for good reason. Played 552 straight games in the NHL during regular season. Over 800 straight games counting the playoffs and minor league action. Won or shared the Vezina trophy three times, the Calder and Smythe trophies once. He deserves to be in the top five of this list.

Glen Hall was the first to use the butterfly style. Was Tony Espositos mentor late in his career. They didn't call Glen Hall "Mr. Goalie" for nothing!

Most underrated great goalie ever. Made seven first all star teams and four second all star teams. Won the Calder, and three Vezinas. And that was done during the 1950's and 1960's when both Plante and Sawchuck were also at their peaks. Had 84 shoutouts and played 17 seasons from 1955-1971. Won the Smythe for his outstnding play during the 1968 playoffs for an expansion St. Louis Blues team against a powerful Montreal team. That seson Hall shared the goal keeping duties with Plante. And last but not least he plyed 502 consectutive games in goal for Detroit and mostly Chicago from 1957 to 1962. His nickname after the streak ended was Mr. Goalie. It is an injustice that he is not in the top five goalies of this or any other list!

7 Tony Esposito

The goalie who pioneered the butterfly style. He completely revolutionized the way the position is played.

Simply the best of all time.

Yes. Changed the position!

8 Ken Dryden

Back in the day Ken Dryden was the best Goalie I Every Seen

Too highly placed. in my opinion. WAS a disspointment against the russians tretiak was better

9 Bernie Parent

Who ever wrote this list...needs to watch some tape

"Only God saves more than Bernie Parent"

The Best Of the best

He's better than half of the goalies above him.

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

Hank is the best, everyone thinks he's so bad cause he has no cup but that doesn't mean how good a goalie is.

Lunquist should be 2 or 3

400 wins ok a lot of goalies have reached that mark by he continues to make amazing saves with his trash d

The Contenders

11 Vladislav Tretiak

Big Red Machine.

12 Marc-Andre Fleury

He should be in the top threes I'm a penguin fan so I think that GO PENS. - CRK10

One of the greats.. He's a winner. Look what he has done on the expansion team the Golden Knights..

They call him the flower because he lets up to much goals

He's great and I'm a penguins fan but 9 is too high

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

Should be top ten easily

He’s incredible!

Price at 22nd he should be 5 or 4 he has records better than any other goalie he won so many trophies 2014-2015. He deserves way better - TheHabsFan

Carey is going to be in the hockey hall of fame. He deserves, at the very least, top ten. He won the hart trophy.

14 George Hainsworth

The best GAA by any goalie ever - TheHabsFan

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

I don't think enough people realize just how consistent he is. Probably the most underrated goalie in the league

Smashville loves Peks!

One of the best goalies of all time

Quick and Fleury overrated. Cups don't determine how great a goaltender is. They're just an extra stat based on the team or bad refs

16 Bill Durnan
17 Grant Fuhr
18 Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Should be waaayyy higher on this list. The fact that Kari Lehtonen, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ben Bishop and many other not very good goalies are higher than Luongo is perhaps the stupidest thing I've seen. Holy crap. Luongo should be at least top 10 just look at his career stats and the fact he has been one of the best in the game for so long. He is a sure thing hall of famer. This list is a joke.

Luongo better then bobrovsky and price? More like noobongo!

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

Let's Go Kings! - Disturbedpotato

Watch Some He Has Epic Saves Every Time And As Of This Year He has the best statistic for saving

Quick is certainly one of the best goaltenders in the league now.

Gave the best drunk Stanley Cup celebration speech ever.

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

He can be really good or really bad.

He is ugly and he sucks

He is simply the best

He's really good

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22 Miikka Kiprusoff

This goalie deserves to be top 10

23 George Vezina
24 Billy Smith

4 consecutive Cups isn't an easy feat

Best money goaltender ever

25 Turk Broda

Most wins for a maple leafs goalie 302

26 Ron Hextall Ron Hextall

Ron hex tall makes amazing saves no other person in NHL history can do

27 Ed Belfour

A joke that he is not somewhere of in top ten this list!

He should at least be in the top ten, if not 5

28 Felix Potvin

Got your card

Felix “The Cat”!

29 Curtis Joseph
30 Ilya Bryzgalov
31 Vesa Toskala
32 Mike Richter

Big part of the rangers wining the cup in 1994. :D

33 Ben Bishop
34 Devan Dubnyk Devan Dubnyk Devan Dubnyk is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
35 Jake Allen

He propably isn't even 35 of current goalies - Disturbedpotato

36 Anton Forsberg
37 Tom Barrasso
38 Jonathan Bernier
39 Jean-Sébastien Giguère
40 Ben Scrivens

It was just that one game. But yeah, it was impressive. My brother even went to that game!

41 Kari Lehtonen

He had mare than a few years where I could say he looked like the most dynamic goalie in net ever. He never gave up on the puck.

42 Semyon Varlamov

Seymon varlamov is one of the best goalies ever seen

43 Mike Smith
44 Cam Ward

Awesome goalie. Solid, underrated.

45 Braden Holtby

He is doing great in the 2015-16 season

46 Gerry Cheevers
47 Mike Liut
48 Corey Crawford Corey Crawford Corey Crawford is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.
49 Antti Raanta
50 John Vanbiesbrouck
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