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Belfour Leads the Way In Goalie World Rankings

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (CP) -- Ed Belfour of the Toronto Maple Leafs is No. 1 in the annual ranking of NHL goaltenders by Goalies' World magazine.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks is No. 2, according to the Loretteville, Que., publication.

In last year's rankings, Montreal's Jose Theodore took the top spot while Belfour was ranked 28th and Giguere was 14th.

Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, Robert Luongo of the Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Roy, Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tomas Vokoun of the Nashville Predators and Roman Cechmanek of the Philadelphia Flyers round out this year's top 10. Theodore dropped to 17th.

"The rankings are based on a mathematical formula," says publisher Gilles Moffet. "About eight times out of 10 we have come up with the same guy as selected for the Vezina Trophy."

Theodore won the Vezina last year.

The formula takes into account save percentage, goals-against average, number of games played and shutouts.

"Each category is given a numerical weight," says Moffet. "If you have the best save percentage, you won't necessarily be No. 1.

"Games played is an important factor. Turco was No. 1 until he started missing games after he got hurt."

Annual ranking of NHL goaltenders by Goalies' World magazine (rankings are based on a mathematical formula):

Belfour's chance's at the Vezina should be good according to one magazine.
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1. Ed Belfour, Toronto.
2. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim.
3. Olaf Kolzig, Washington.
4. Marty Turco, Dallas.
5. Robert Luongo, Florida.
6. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey.
7. Patrick Roy, Colorado.
8. Marc Denis, Columbus.
9. Tomas Vokoun, Nashville.
10. Roman Cechmanek, Philadelphia.
11. Jocelyn Thibault, Chicago.
12. Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota.
13. Nikolai Khabibulin, Tampa Bay.
14. Patrick Lalime, Ottawa.
15. Mike Dunham, New York Rangers.
16. Curtis Joseph, Detroit.
17. Jose Theodore, Montreal.
18. Roman Turek, Calgary.
19. Kevin Weekes, Carolina.
20. Dan Cloutier, Vancouver.
21. Tommy Salo, Edmonton.
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