NHL: The best goalie from each franchise’s history (Updated 2023)

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Calgary Flames, Mike Vernon
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Best NHL goalie from each franchise: Calgary Flames – Mike Vernon

The Calgary Flames have one of the most passionate fan bases in all of hockey but it was back in 1988 that to this day, is one of the best years in franchise history. This was when they won their first and only Stanley Cup championship as goalie Mike Vernon had the best year of his Alberta Sports Hall of Fame career.

During that magical year, he totaled 37 regular-season wins and a save percentage of .897. In the postseason, he turned it up a notch and won it all after totaling 16 wins, three shutouts, and an even high save percentage of .905.

It was undoubtedly a huge year but even more so, Vernon still holds the franchise record for most playoff games won at 43. Needless to say, he was a winner at heart and set the standard in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s for being one of the smartest, toughest, and most durable goalies to ever play the game.

Vernon might not be in the Hockey Hall of Fame but the Flames honored him by retiring his jersey No. 30 to remember all his contributions to the franchise. His time spent on the Flames is what most fans will remember him by, even though he won a Stanley Cup as well but with the Detroit Red Wings.