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Blues name Ed Belfour as goaltending consultant

Thursday, 08.06.2009 / 2:42 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

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"Ed is one of the winningest goaltenders in National Hockey League history and we're thrilled to have him on our staff.  His knowledge of the position will be invaluable for our goaltenders in Peoria and our young goalies in our organization."
--  Blues President John Davidson

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Thursday that the club has named former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour as a goaltending consultant.

"Ed is one of the winningest goaltenders in National Hockey League history and we're thrilled to have him on our staff," Davidson said in a statement. "His knowledge of the position will be invaluable for our goaltenders in Peoria and our young goalies in our organization."

Belfour, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, played 963 games in 18 NHL seasons with Chicago, San Jose, Dallas, Toronto and Florida. He finished with a 484-320-125 record, a 2.50 goals against average and 76 shutouts. Belfour is all-time among NHL goaltenders with 484 regular-season wins, tied for ninth with 76 shutouts and tied for fourth with 88 playoff wins.

The Carman, Manitoba, native signed with Chicago as a free agent on Sept. 25, 1987, and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on Oct. 18, 1988. During his first full NHL season with Chicago in 1990-91, he led all goaltenders in games played (74), wins (43), minutes played (4,127) and GAA (2.47). He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's outstanding rookie, the Vezina Trophy as its best goaltender and the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals against. In addition, he was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player.

Belfour appeared in three Stanley Cup Finals (1992 with Chicago, 1999 and 2000 with Dallas) and won the Cup with the Stars in 1999. In his 18 seasons, he played in five All-Star Games (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 1999), was named to the First All-Star Team in 1991 and 1993, and was named to the Second All-Star Team in 1995. He made the All-Rookie Team in 1991, captured the Calder Trophy in 1991, the Jennings Trophy in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1999 and the Vezina Trophy in 1991 and 1993.

Before coming to the NHL, Belfour played one season with the University of North Dakota, helping the school win the NCAA Tournament in 1987. He was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team and WCHA First All-Star Team.
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