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Ed Belfour officially inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

by Hockey Manitoba  |  November 14, 2011 11:40 pm

It's now official, as announced earlier this season by the NHL, Ed Belfour has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Along with Belfour the other 2011 player inductees include Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Mark Howe.

Ed Belfour is a Carman, MB native who was a product of the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) before moving onto to the University of North Dakota on an NCAA scholarship. During his lone season at "UND" the Fighting Sioux won the NCAA Championship with Belfour standing tall between the pipes. Following the 1986-87 season Ed turned pro by signing as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks.

After signing with the Blackhawks, Belfour mainly spent time with the Saginaw Hawks (IHL), Canadian National Team before his official rookie season in 1990-91 when "Eddie the Eagle" burst onto the NHL scene in historic fashion. During his rookie season with Chicago he collected accolades such as 43 wins, NHL All-Rookie Team, NHL First All-Star Team, Trico Goaltender Award (Save Percentage), William M. Jennings Trophy (Goals Against Average), Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year), Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender), and a nomination for the Hart Trophy (League MVP). The following season Belfour won the 1991 Canada Cup with Team Canada and the next NHL season he and the Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup finals only to fall to the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins lead by Mario Lemieux.

After seven seasons with Chicago he was traded to San Jose only to sign as a free agent with Dallas the follwoing season in 1997-98. In Dallas the achievements continued to pile up for Belfour but none greater than the Stanley Cup in 1998-99.

Belfour eventually moved on from Dallas and finished out his NHL career with three seasons in Toronto and his last NHL season with the Florida Panthers in 2006-07. He was also a member of Team Canada championships at the 2002 Olympic Games and at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.



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