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

Owns almost every all time goalie stats. Best puck handling gt as evidenced by the "Brodeur rule". Rarely ever got goals for support. Did it all one team. A team that was a small market and not a power house like Detroit or Montreal. Didn't jump on a team that was up and coming when his team was going down like the other so called greatest gts. He stayed and kept his team competitive for almost 20 years. That's what was most impressive!

How many times has the NHL changed the rules for goalies because one of them was too good? Once -- The Brodeur Rule. Which means Brodeur rules!


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2 Patrick Roy

Doesn't have the stats or records that Brodeur has, but he played on a team slightly worse than the Devils so that means that Roy must be better

If he has play with the Devils, he could double his stats! He wins 2 Stanley cups with some nobody's in front of him and 2 others one with a offensive team.

Yes this is true how is brodeur number one Patrick Roy was the best he also coached my neighbors son on a hockey team vote for Roy come on

Fatal should not be first

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3 Dominik Hasek

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.

It's him with his 2 Harts or Roy for being a great playoffs goalie. Brodeur shouldn't be in the Top 5, Sawchuk, Plante and Hall belong ahead of him!

this guy is an amazing goaltender defintly should be #1

The man

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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 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

7 Glenn Hall

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!

8 Marc-Andre Fleury

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

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

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


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9 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!

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

"The Flower" at #7 is laughably too high. If anyone from current years deserves that spot, it's Pekka Rinne

Best Ever! Amazing goalie and amazing person

Such a great guy! Glad to see him finally win a Vezina. Hope he can win the cup soon. He's a future hall of famer!

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13 Mike Richter

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

14 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. V 3 Comments
15 Bill Durnan
16 Bernie Parent

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

Come on, this guy is behind Marc Andre Fleury...give me a break, he's one if the best ever, definitely top ten.

17 Ben Bishop
18 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.

19 Semyon Varlamov

Seymon varlamov is one of the best goalies ever seen

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

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.

In 2014-15 he had the best season a goaltender ever has had! - TheHabsFan




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22 Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky
23 George Hainsworth

The best GAA by any goalie ever - TheHabsFan

24 Turk Broda

Most wins for a maple leafs goalie 302

25 Ilya Bryzgalov
26 Miikka Kiprusoff

This goalie deserves to be top 10

27 Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. V 1 Comment
28 Grant Fuhr
29 Billy Smith

4 consecutive Cups isn't an easy feat

Best money goaltender ever

30 Ron Hextall Ron Hextall
31 Felix Potvin

Got your card

Felix “The Cat”!

32 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

33 Devan Dubnyk Devan Dubnyk Devan Dubnyk is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
34 Jake Allen
35 George Vezina
36 Tom Barrasso
37 Vladislav Tretiak
38 Jonathan Bernier
39 Jean-Sébastien Giguère
40 Vesa Toskala
41 Ben Scrivens

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

42 Cam Ward

Awesome goalie. Solid, underrated.

43 Braden Holtby

He is doing great in the 2015-16 season

44 Anton Forsberg
45 Gerry Cheevers
46 Mike Liut
47 Corey Crawford Corey Crawford Corey Crawford is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.
48 Antti Raanta
49 John Vanbiesbrouck
50 Connor Hellebuyck
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1. Dominik Hasek
2. Patrick Roy
3. Terry Sawchuk
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2. Patrick Roy
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