The Chicago Blackhawks will host Ed Belfour Heritage Night at the United Center on Sunday, March 25 before the team battles the Nashville Predators at 6:30 P.M. Belfour will drop the ceremonial first puck, while the organization will honor him with a pre-game video and several in-game tributes. The first 10,000 fans to enter the building will receive an Ed Belfour Heritage Night hat sponsored by ComEd.
Over the last two seasons, the Blackhawks have hosted Heritage Nights for Tony Amonte, Chris Chelios, Glenn Hall, Steve Larmer, Bob Probert, Jeremy Roenick, the “MPH” line of Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull, and the 1961 Stanley Cup championship squad, as well as for each of the organization’s four ambassadors (Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard).
“We look forward to honoring one of the greatest stars in Blackhawks history,” said Senior Executive Director of Marketing & Business Development Dave Knickerbocker. “The event will allow our fans and the Blackhawks organization to honor him in person for his induction into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.”
Belfour, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 19, spent parts of eight seasons (1988-97) with the Blackhawks during a 20-year National Hockey League career. He ranks third on the franchise leaderboard with 415 games played and 201 wins, fourth with 30 shutouts and is the only netminder in Blackhawks history to post a pair of 40+ win seasons.
The Carman, Manitoba, native opened his professional career with what is regarded as one of the finest rookie seasons by a goaltender in league history. Belfour recorded a franchise-record 43 wins en route to capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Top Rookie, the Vezina Trophy as the league’s Top Goaltender and the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed. He went on to be honored with the Vezina again in 1993 and won two more Jennings Trophies (1993, 95) with Chicago.
Belfour backstopped Chicago to the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times and ranks second in franchise history with 35 postseason victories and fourth with three shutouts. He compiled a 12-4 record with one shutout and 2.47 GAA while helping to lead the Blackhawks to the 1992 Western Conference championship and Stanley Cup Final.
During his 18-season NHL career, Belfour also spent time with the San Jose Sharks (1996-97), Dallas Stars (1997-2002), Toronto Maple Leafs (2002-04; 2005-06) and Florida Panthers (2006-07). He finished his career third all-time in the league with 484 wins and ninth with 76 shutouts, compiling a 484-320-125 record in 963 games played. He also played in five NHL All-Star games (1992, ‘93, ‘96, ‘98, ‘99) and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.