Ranking Ed Belfour and All of the Hockey Hall of Fame Goaltenders

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Ranking Ed Belfour and All of the Hockey Hall of Fame Goaltenders

As Eddie "The Eagle" Belfour joins the all-time greats in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, it's a great time to look back at the netminders that came before him.

What follows is my rankings of the 36 goalies (including Belfour) in the HHOF. The stats we used are NHL only.

There is one important reality to consider when factoring in personal awards.

The Vezina Trophy has been presented annually since 1927. The first year it was awarded, it was given to the most valuable goalie. In 1946, though, the criteria changed and, until 1981, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team with the fewest allowed goals for the season.

Since 1981, however, it has again been given to the individual judged to be the best netminder in the league and is voted on by the general managers of each NHL team. The William Jennings Trophy is now given to the team with the fewest goals allowed.

Here are the Hall of Fame goalies.

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