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02-01-2011, 09:34 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Durham NC
Terrance Gordon "Terry" Sawchuk
* USHL Rookie of the Year (1948)
* AHL Rookie of the Year (1949)
* Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1951)
* NHL First All-Star Team (1951, 1952, and 1953)
* NHL Second All-Star Team (1954, 1955, 1959, and 1963)
* Vezina Trophy winner (1952, 1953, 1955, and 1965)
* Stanley Cup championships (1952, 1954, 1955, and 1967)
* Lester Patrick Trophy winner (1971)
* Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971
* Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1982
* In 1998, he was ranked number 9 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, the highest-ranking goaltender
* On March 6, 1994, the Detroit Red Wings retired his #1 jersey
* Selected to Manitoba's All-Century First All-Star Team
* Selected as Manitoba's Player of the Century
* “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Called "the Uke" or "Ukey" because of his Ukrainian heritage,
Terry Sawchuk played more games and recorded more shutouts than any goalie in the history of the NHL.
Although he was originally Boston property, he was traded to Detroit before he played in the NHL. His big break came toward the end of the 1949-50 season when Red Wings incumbent (undrafted) was injured and Sawchuk had to play seven games toward the end of the season.
He allowed just 16 goals in those games and along the way earned his first shutout.
The next season, 1950-51,
Sawchuk played every game for the Red Wings and led the league in wins and shutouts, winning the Calder Trophy in the process.
Sawchuk's first years as a pro were remarkable in that he was the first player ever to be named rookie of the year in three different leagues: with Omaha in the USHL, with Indianapolis in the American Hockey League and in his first full year with Detroit in the NHL.
The usual five-year waiting period was waived for Sawchuk's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dead at 41 years of age, he finished with an incredible 447 wins and 103 shutouts in 971 games played.
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Record books show that Terry Sawchuk was one of the greatest goaltenders ever to play in the NHL. He played in 21 seasons with five different teams. His 103 career shutouts set a record that might never be broken (it was). Sawchuk did a tremendous amount for the game of hockey, but it's a shame to see what hockey ended up doing to him.
Sawchuk entered the National Hockey League in 1951 as a bright young prospect with the Detroit Red Wings. He played all 70 games for the Wings that season, compiling 11 shutouts and a puny goals against average of 1.98. He was awarded the Calder Trophy for his spectacular play. Things went well for Sawchuk over the next four years. He won three Vezinas and three Stanley Cups, including back-to-back wins in 1954 and 1955.
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