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With our third selection, the 87th overall in this year All-Time Draft, the Detroit Falcons are very proud to select a goaltender who know Detroit's locker room very well, Monsieur Francis Charles Brimsek



Stanley Cup Champion (1939, 1941)
Stanley Cup Finalist (1943, 1946)
First All-Star Team Goalie (1939, 1942)
Second All-Star Team Goalie (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1939)
Vezina Trophy (1939, 1942)
Hockey Hall of Fame (1966)

Top-3 Wins (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd)
Top-3 Shutouts (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd)
Top-5 Hart Nomination (2nd, 3rd, 5th)
Top-5 Vezina Nomination (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd)

"The kid had the fastest hands I ever saw - like lightning." - XXX XXXX

- #67 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
- #71 on History of Hockey list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
- He's nicknamed ''Mr.Zero'' because he twice had three consecutive shutouts in his first year as a goalie for the Boston Bruins..
- He was well-respected by his peers and XXX XXX and Frank Selke asserted that Brimsek was the finest goalie during his era. Canadiens and NHL legend Maurice Richard called Brimsek one of the toughest goaltenders he ever faced.
- Originally, the Detroit Red Wings claimed an interest in the goaltender. But after showing up for a Red Wings training camp, he decided he wanted no part of the Detroit organization citing XXXX XXXXX, the intimidating, dictatorial General Manager who "had a bad habit of favoritism", as the reason. (HockeyArchives.info)
- Won the George L. Davis Jr Trophy in the Eastern American Hokcey League, given to the goaltender who allowed the fewest goals in the season.
- Won the Calder Cup (winners of the International American Hockey League playoffs) in 1938 with the Providence Reds.
- On his 2nd, 3rd and 4th games after XXXXX XXXXXXXX was traded to Detroit for 15 000$, Brimsek registered three shutouts in a row. His shutout streak extended to 231 minutes, 54 seconds, breaking XXXXXXXX's modern mark of 224:47
- In 1940, he became the first American born goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy.
- His career was interrupted from 1943 to 1945 because of the WWII.
- Brimsek registered nine 20-win seasons in a 10 years career in the NHL.
- He was the first American-born and trained player to dominate the league
- He was an original inductee into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.
- In honor of the Hall of Famer, the Frank Brimsek award is given to the top senior goaltender of Minnesota states, as selected by the panel of scouts and coaches.

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Netminder Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek was one of the greatest players ever to hail from the United States. In a decade of NHL service, the accurately nicknamed Mr. Zero registered 40 shutouts and won 252 regular-season games.

Brimsek was a classic standup goalie whose confidence on the ice threw off many a shooter. On breakaways and penalty shots he would often lean back calmly against his net as the foe approached. But he was not a passive figure while guarding his cage - Brimsek used his custom-made heavy stick to knock the puck off opposition sticks or to take the feet out from under someone who took too many liberties around his goal.

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