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Barrasso among best NHL goalies not in Hall of Fame, Fischler says

Joseph, Osgood, Thomas also among those on outside looking in

by Stan Fischler / Special to

Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," shares his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

Today, he looks at some of the best goalies in NHL history who are not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Ken Dryden and Martin Brodeur are among the exceptional goalies in NHL history who have one thing in common: They're in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But there are others whose careers include notable accomplishments and achievements but who, for one reason or another, remain on the outside looking in.

Here's an alphabetical list of my 15 best goalies not in the Hall of Fame:


Tom Barrasso

NHL Seasons: 19 (1983-2000; 2001-03)
Teams: Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1991, 1992); Calder Trophy (1983-84); Vezina Trophy (1983-84); Jennings Trophy (1984-85)
Noteworthy achievement: One of four goalies to win Calder and Vezina trophies in same season - and he did it before his 20th birthday.


Lorne Chabot

NHL seasons: 11 (1926-37)
Teams: New York Rangers, Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Maroons, New York Americans
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1928, 1932); Vezina Trophy (1935)
Noteworthy achievement: His 1.51 career goals-against average in the Stanley Cup Playoffs includes a 1-0, six-overtime win for the Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins in 1933. It was the longest game in NHL history to that time.


Roger Crozier

NHL seasons: 14 (1963-77)
Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Sabres, Washington Capitals
Accomplishments: Calder Trophy (1964-65), Conn Smythe Trophy (1966)
Noteworthy achievement: First player to win Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP despite playing for losing team.


Ron Hextall

NHL seasons: 13 (1986-99)
Teams: Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders
Accomplishments: Vezina Trophy (1986-87), Conn Smythe Trophy (1987)
Noteworthy achievement: First goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net; he shot the puck the length of the ice into an empty net against the Bruins on Dec. 8, 1987.

Video: Ron Hextall is first goalie in history to score goal


Kelly Hrudey

NHL seasons: 15 (1983-98)
Teams: Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks
Accomplishments: Helped Kings reach Stanley Cup Final for first time (1993)
Noteworthy achievement: Made 73 saves for Islanders to win "Easter Epic," a 3-2, four-overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. It's still the longest Game 7 in NHL history.


Eddie Johnston

NHL seasons: 16
Teams: Boston Bruins, Maple Leafs, Blues, Blackhawks
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1970, 1972)
Noteworthy achievement: Last goalie to play in all of his team's games; he played in 4,200 minutes in 70 games for the Bruins in 1963-64.


Curtis Joseph

NHL seasons: 19
Teams: Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames
Accomplishments: King Clancy Trophy (2000)
Noteworthy achievement: His 454 wins are sixth all-time and the most of any eligible goalie not in the Hall of Fame. Won at least 50 games for five of the six teams he played for (all except Calgary).

Video: Top Moment #17: Curtis Joseph's 438th career victory


Nikolai Khabibulin

NHL seasons: 18
Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Blackhawks, Oilers
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (2004)
Noteworthy achievement: Had 16 wins, 1.71 goals-against average and five shutouts in Lightning's run to Stanley Cup in 2004.


Chris Osgood

NHL seasons: 17 (1993-2011)
Teams: Red Wings, Islanders, Blues
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1997, 1998, 2008); Jennings Trophy (1995-96, 2007-08)
Noteworthy achievement: At age 35, he was 14-4 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and three shutouts in Detroit's run to the Stanley Cup in 2008.


Mike Richter

NHL seasons: 14 (1989-2003)
Teams: Rangers
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1994)
Noteworthy achievements: Only goalie since 1940 to win Stanley Cup with Rangers. Also was voted MVP when United States won World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

Video: Mike Richter stops penalty shot


John Ross Roach

NHL seasons: 14 (1921-35)
Teams: Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs, Rangers, Red Wings
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1922)
Noteworthy achievements: First goalie in NHL history to be named team captain (1924-25).


Al Rollins

NHL seasons: 9 (1949-57; 1959-60)
Teams: Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Rangers
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1951); Hart Trophy (1953-54), Vezina Trophy (1950-51)
Noteworthy achievements: Won Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player with last-place Blackhawks despite leading League in losses (47) and goals allowed (212).


Tim Thomas

NHL seasons: 9 (2002-03; 2005-14)
Teams: Bruins, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (2011), Vezina Trophy (2008-09, 2010-11), Jennings Trophy (2008-09), Conn Smythe Trophy (2011)
Noteworthy achievements: Save percentage of .938 in 2010-11 is the best single-season mark by any goalie who has played more than 40 games in a season since 1955-56, the first season for which information is available. Was 37 when he won Vezina in 2010-11; he's the oldest winner since the award was changed in 1982 to honor the NHL's best goalie.

Video: 2011 Conf Final, Gm5: Tim Thomas desperation stop


John Vanbiesbrouck

NHL seasons: 20 (1981-82; 1983-2002)
Teams: Rangers, Panthers, Flyers, Islanders, Devils
Accomplishments: Vezina Trophy (1985-86)
Noteworthy achievements: Youngest goalie in Rangers history to start and win a game. Vanbiesbrouck was 18 when he made 29 saves in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Dec. 5, 1981.


Mike Vernon

NHL seasons: 19 (1982-84; 1985-2002)
Teams: Flames, Red Wings, Sharks, Panthers
Accomplishments: Stanley Cup (1989, 1997); Conn Smythe Trophy (1997); Jennings Trophy (1995-96)
Noteworthy achievements: Had combined record of 32-9 (16-5 with Flames in 1989, 16-4 with Red Wings in 1997) during two Stanley Cup runs. Only visiting goalie to win Cup by defeating Canadiens in deciding game at Montreal Forum (May 25, 1989).

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