Goaltenders have the reputation of being, well, different. But none has ever been more of an individual than Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens. He was different even for a goalie.
First, consider the arc of his remarkable Hall of Fame career: His 1943 NHL debut came rather late, at age 27, and he played in the League only seven seasons. Yet, in six of those seasons he was the best in the business, winning the Vezina Trophy, being named to the First All-Star Team and posting the lowest goals-against average in every season except 1947-48. No goalie had ever been that consistently dominant.
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