Does Ed Belfour Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Ed Belfour was one of the better goalies of the era, but does that mean he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Listen to us discuss Belfour’s case here:

Hasek, Belfour, Vachon

Ed Belfour’s Career:

  • NHL: 1988-07; 17 seasons, 16 as a starter
  • Totals:
    • 484W (4th All Time) 
    • 320L (12th)
    • 125T (11th)
    • 76 SO (10th) 
    • 55,595 minutes (5th) in 
    • 963 Games (5th); 
    • 157.3 PS (10th Goalie)
    • 173.9 GSAA (16th)
  • Averages:
    • .906 SV%
    • 2.50 GAA
  • Undrafted
  • Era: Of the 20 goalies to play in at least 410 games between 1988 and 2007, Belfour is
    • 2nd in Wins
    • 3rd in Losses
    • 1st in Ties/Others
    • 2nd in Goals Against
    • 2nd in Shots Against
    • 3rd in Saves
    • 10th in Save Percentage
    • 25th in GAA
    • 4th in Goals Saved Above Average
    • 2nd in Shutouts
    • 1st in Minutes
    • 1st in Games
  • 82-game average: 28-19-7, 5 SO
  • 3-year peak (1990-93): 82-game average of 35-18-9, 5 SO, .904 SV%, 2.43 GAA
  • Playoffs: 
    • 88W (4th All Time)
    • 66L (3rd)
    • 14 SO (6th)
    • .920 SV% (20th)
    • 2.17 GAA
    • 89.2 GSAA 
    • 9945 minutes in 
    • 161 Games (3rd)
  • Adjusted: 
    • 2.60 GAA (15th All Time), 
    • .911 SV% (24th)
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 31 for Chris Terreri (32), Ulf Dahlen (30) and Michal Sykora (23)
    • Trade at 37 with Cameron Mann (25) for David Gosselin (25) and a 2003 Fifth Rounder (nobody)

Ed Belfour’s Accomplishments:

  • Vezina (‘91, ‘93)
  • Top 5 in Vezina voting a further five times
  • Jennings (‘91, ‘93, ‘95, ‘99) – third most ever
  • Calder (‘91)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) (‘91, ‘03)
    • Top 10 Player (‘93, ‘00)
    • Best Goalie (by Goalie Point Shares) (‘91)
    • Top 5 Goalie (‘93, ‘03)
    • Top 10 Goalie (‘94, ‘00)
  • Wins:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league once
      • Top 5 seven times
      • Top 10 ten times
    • Totals:
      • 40 Wins twice (1 of only 13 players)
      • 35 Wins seven times (1 of only 5 players)
  • Shutouts:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league four times (1 of only 9 players)
      • Top 5 nine times
      • Top 10 eleven times
    • Totals:
      • 10 Shutouts once
      • 5 Shutouts six times (1 of only 6 players)
  • Shots Against:
    • Led the league once
    • Top 5 twice
    • Top 10 four times
  • Saves
    • Total Saves:
      • Led the league once
      • Top 5 three times
      • Top 10 four times
    • Percentage:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league twice
        • Top 5 four times
        • Top 10 six times
      • Over .920 once
  • Goals Against:
    • GAA:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league twice
        • Top 5 seven times
        • Top 10 ten times
      • Averages:
        • Under 1.9 once
        • Under 2 twice (1 of only 22 players)
        • Under 2.1 three times (1 of only 19 players)
        • Under 2.25 four times (1 of only 22 players)
        • Under 2.5 eight times (1 of only 21 players)
    • GSAA:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league once
      • Top 5 four times
        • Top 10 eight times
      • Single-season totals:
        • +40 once (1 of only 22 players)
        • +35 twice (1 of only 12 players)
        • +20 five times (1 of only 12 players)
  • Minutes:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league twice
      • Top 5 four times
      • Top 10 five times
    • Totals:
      • +4,000 minutes twice
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star twice
    • 2nd Team once
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
    • Monthly:
      • Rookie of the Month twice
  • Adjusted Peak:
    • .920 (9th All Time)
    • 13th All Time in Goals Vs Average
  • IHL:
    • 1st Team All Star once
    • Co-Rookie of the Year (‘88)
  • College:
    • Conference 1st Team All Star once
    • West 2nd Team All American once

Ed Belfour’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (led playoffs in SA, Saves and Shutouts) on one Runner Up (‘00 Stars)
    • Best Player on one Final Four (‘98 Stars)
    • Best Player? (led playoffs in SA and Saves) On one Final Four (‘95 Blackhawks)
    • Starter (led playoffs in GAA) on one Runner Up (‘92 Blackhawks)
    • Starter (led playoffs in Wins and Minutes) on one Champion (‘99 Stars)
  • Olympics:
    • Third string goalie (no GP) on one Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Third string goalie (no GP) on one Champion (‘91 Canada)
  • NCAA:
    • All Tournament Goalie on one Champion (‘87 Fighting Sioux)

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