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Ed Belfour returns to Blackhawks for 'One More Shift'

Goaltender took the ice to familiar chants from fans @NHLdotcom

A legendary Chicago Blackhawks goalie heard the chants of "Ed-die! Ed-die!" one more time.

As part of their "One Last Shift" pregame ceremony that honors greats of the past, the Blackhawks invited back Ed Belfour, the third all-time winningest goalie in NHL history (484).

The fiery Belfour, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Chicago, boasts a 2.49 career goals against average and won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.

Video: DAL@CHI: Belfour honored during pregame ceremony

But "Eddie the Eagle" is best known for making his signature sprawling saves with a Blackhawks logo on his sweater and an eagle painted on either side of his mask, one of the most recognizable helmets in the history of the NHL.

The crowd serenaded him with the familiar chant as Belfour took his place on the ice next to current Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

"That was a real special feeling," Belfour said after first intermission. "It brings back so many memories, so many emotional times that we had here. It's something I will never forget and I'm real honored to be here."

What Chicago memory sticks out in Belfour's mind?

"I think the [Sergei] Fedorov save sticks out in my mind the most," Belfour said, referring to his amazing save in Game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference Final. "I was way out of position. I had to make a desperation save, just dove back and I think it just went in my glove. I mean, how does that happen, right? But it looks great."

Video: 1995 Conf Final, Gm5: Belfour glove save on Fedorov

Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley shared a great Belfour story during the second period Thursday.

Apparently, when the team signed Belfour, it also brought in veteran goalie Bob Mason. The two newest Blackhawks goalies had a joint presser.

"Mason was the big story," Foley said on the air. "And Eddie sat there on the side and I don't think anybody ever asked him a question. Nobody knew who he was. No he had just won a National Championship with North Dakota. But nobody in Chicago knew anything about him. He never got asked a question. I have always, in the back of my mind thought, he always played with an edge, he always played with something of a chip on his shoulder and I think it started that day. Throughout his entire career, he said 'I'm going to prove these people wrong, I'm going to show them who I am.' And he wound up in the Hall of Fame as the third winningest goaltender in the history of the league."

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