|1985-1986||New York Rangers|
Vanbiesbrouck became the youngest goalie in NHL history (18 years, 92 days) to win his first start when he got the victory for the New York Rangers in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rockies on Dec. 5, 1981. It was the first of 374 victories during a 20-year NHL career that saw the Detroit native win the Vezina Trophy in 1985-86 with the Rangers and spark the third-year Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996.
The Rangers selected Vanbiesbrouck in the fourth round (No. 72) of the 1981 NHL Draft after he played for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League. He was returned to Sault Ste. Marie but would up with the Rangers after early-season injuries decimated their goaltending. With back-to-back games on a weekend in early December, the Rangers gave Vanbiesbrouck a start in Denver against the Rockies, and he made 29 saves for the win.