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Episode 52: Dominik Hasek, Ed Belfour, Rogie Vachon


Hasek: 1990-2002, 2003-2008; 16 seasons, 11 as the starter, 1 as 1A
389W (14th All Time, 1st Czech)
223L (2nd Czech)
95 Others (25th, 1st Czech)
81 SO (6th, 1st Czech)
42,837 Minutes (23rd, 1st Czech) in
735 GP (24th, 1st Czech);
156.8 PS (11th Goalie, 1st Czech Goalie)
413 GSAA (3rd All Time, behind only Esposito and Roy)
2.20 GAA (7th All Time, 1st Czech, all 6 goalies ahead of him played before Original Six era)
.922 SV% (1st All Time)
Draft: drafted 199th overall in 1983, Hasek is
1st in Wins
2nd in Losses
1st in Others
1st in GAA (by .84 GPG)
1st in SV% (by .025)
2nd in PS (1st Goalie by nearly 30 PS, i.e two dominant seasons)
Era: Of the 29 goalies who played in at least 410 games between 1990 and 2008, Hasek is
5th in Wins
15th in Losses
5th in Others
11th in Goals Against
5th in Shots Against
5th in total Saves
1st in Save Percentage
T-1st in GAA
1st in GSAA (by 114)
2nd in Shutouts
5th in Minutes
5th in Games
82-game average: 24-14-6, 5 SO
3-year peak (1996-97): 33-20-12, 9 SO; 0.932 SV%; 2.06 GAA; 54.32 GSAA
65W (12th All Time)
30L (13th)
14 SO (6th)
.925 SV% (10th - 1 of only 2 goalies in the Top 10 to debut pre-Dead Puck/21st century, and only 1 to play over 100 games)
2.02 GAA (10th if there is a 25 GP requirement???)
7,318 Minutes (12th) in
119 GP (12th Goalie)
2.37 GAA (3rd All Time, behind only Dryden and Durnan)
.925 SV% (2nd, behind only Dryden)

Belfour: 1988-07; 17 seasons, 16 as a starter
484W (4th All Time)
320L (12th)
125T (11th)
76 SO (10th)
55,595 minutes (5th) in
963 Games (5th);
157.3 PS (10th Goalie)
173.9 GSAA (16th)
.906 SV%
2.50 GAA
Era: Of the 20 goalies to play in at least 410 games between 1988 and 2007, Balfour is
2nd in Wins
3rd in Losses
1st in Ties/Others
2nd in Goals Against
2nd in Shots Against
3rd in Saves
10th in Save Percentage
25th in GAA
4th in Goals Saved Above Average
2nd in Shutouts
1st in Minutes
1st in Games
82-game average: 28-19-7, 5 SO
3-year peak (1990-93): 82-game average of 35-18-9, 5 SO, .904 SV%, 2.43 GAA
88 (4th)-66 (3rd)
14 SO (6th)
.920 SV% (20th)
2.17 GAA
89.2 GSAA
9945 minutes in
161 Games (3rd)
Adjusted: 2.60 GAA (15th), .911 SV% (24th)

Vachon: 1966-82; 16 seasons, 11 as a starter, 3 as a 1A
353W (21st All Time, 5th at his retirement)
293L(18th All Time, 5th at his retirement)
128 Others (10th All Time, 7th at his retirement)
51 Shutouts (17th All Time at his retirement)
46,206 Minutes (17th All Time, 7th at his retirement) in
795 Games (18th Goalie, 7th at his retirement);
144.4 PS (15th Goalie, 5th at his retirement)
95 Goals Saved Above Average
3.00 GAA
.896 SV%
Era: Of the 11 goalies to play in at least 410 games between 1966 and 1982, Vachon is
2nd in Wins
1st in Losses
2nd in Others
2nd in Goals Against
2nd in Shots Against
2nd in Saves
6th in Save Percentage
8th in GAA
4th in Shutouts
2nd in Minutes
2nd in Games Played
2nd in GPS
82-game average: 22-18-1, 3 SO
3-year peak (1974-77): 29-19-10, 6 SO; .907 SV%, 2.69 GAA; 25.37 GSAA
23W (16th All Time at his retirement)
23L (16th at his retirement)
.907 SV% (11th at his retirement)
2.78 GAA (25th at his retirement)
2 SO
2,868 (18th at his retirement) in
48 Games (16th at his retirement)
2.75 GAA
.907 SV%

Categories | Goalies


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Bill Enos

Bill Enos 

 Bill grew up on the south shore of Montreal, but was born on the left coast. He has been a die-hard Canucks fan since 1989 (except those two Messier years, which he spent living in a bunker fearing the sun).  Bill has long been an avid baseball, hockey and football fan, and probably should write a book about one of them. Joining the podcast with Riley is a chance for Bill to flex his vast knowledge of hockey history without becoming a pub quiz barfly. Bill has promised to remove his green and blue coloured glasses for the podcast, but can't make any promises. 


Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley grew up watching baseball but fell in love with the Maple Leafs during the 1993 playoff run. He had his heart broken by Gretzky and didn't watch hockey again for 5 years. Starting with the 1999 Leafs playoff run Riley immersed himself in hockey again, becoming so obsessive that he eventually wrote a book about Maple Leafs mismanagement. He dates his falling out of love with the Maple Leafs from the David Clarkson contract. He is now much more of a basketball fan but still loves the history of hockey.

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