As former NHL goaltender Kirk McLean once said, “It’s pretty tough for a goalie when you look at it. You’re always the last line of defense. If you let a goal in, you can’t go to the bench and hide between guys or anything.”
They often get lost in the record books because there aren’t many of them, but a team truly is only as good as their goalie. This article highlights the best goalies to ever strap on the pads; from new blood like Hendrick Lunquist, too legends like Johnny Bower. Their accolades will blow your mind.
“The Dominator” Did Just That During His Career
Dominik Hasek is probably the most athletic goalie the NHL has ever seen. He set the bar for European goalies in the NHL and it doesn’t look like that bar is going to be touched anytime soon. He was the first European to win the Stanley Cup and lead the league in goals-against average.
Today, Hasek still has the highest save percentage in NHL history at .922. He has won the Vezina Trophy six times, the Jennings trophy three times, and both the Hart Trophy and the Lester B Pearson Award twice each.