Being an NHL Goaltender is a unique position. At any given second things can change for your team. A handful of players skating in your direction with the intention of making you silly as they attempt to hit the puck in the back of your net.
As much as we say hockey is a team game when it comes to the goalies, they can feel as though they are on an island by themselves. The excuses at the end of the day are inconsequential as they are oftentimes the main person to blame for a team’s failures or success.
There have been several great goaltenders in the NHL. But too often is the debate focused on who is the best to ever play the position. For that, we’ve decided to end any further fulmination.
Picking and choosing the 30 greatest goalies of all-time was a difficult process. Many of these guys are similar in terms of numbers but more times than not, it was a slight edge in numbers, awards, and overall impact that separated them. They’ve all had their moment in the sun at some point but who’s star shined brightest when the spotlight was firmly on them?
To answer this, we plunge deep into the numbers and their overall impact to see who stood out amongst their peers.
Let’s dive right into it.