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11-18-2012, 01:29 PM
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TheDevilMadeMe
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Ed Belfour

I think it's easy to forget just how impressive it is to be the 4th best goalie of the era of the GM-voted Vezina Trophy. These are top goalies in Vezina shares since the Vezina was first voted on in 1982:

times = times a player received at least 1 vote from a GM
share = sum of seasonal Vezina shares
playertimesshare
Martin Brodeur155.4072
Dominik Hasek114.7591
Patrick Roy174.6216
Ed Belfour112.5044
Tom Barrasso71.9833
Grant Fuhr81.5901
Roberto Luongo71.5600
Tim Thomas31.5533
John Vanbiesbrouck91.5329
Henrik Lundqvist71.4933

But Belfour's Vezina record is especially impressive considering the competition.

His actual record:
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th, 7th, 7th, 7th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1993)
2nd Team All Star (1995)
3rd Team All Star (1992, 1998, 2003)

His 1991 Vezina was over a prime Patrick Roy season.

Remove Hasek (#2 on our list and a European):
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 6th, 6th, 7th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1993, 1995)
2nd Team All Star (1998)
3rd Team All Star (1992, 2003)

Remove Hasek and Roy (#1 and #2 on our list):
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1993, 1995)
2nd Team All Star (1992, 1998)
3rd Team All Star (2003)

Remove Hasek, Roy, and Brodeur (#1, #2, and #6 on our list):
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1994, 1995, 1998)
2nd Team All Star (1992, 2003)
3rd Team All Star (2000)

Remove all Europeans (but keep Roy and Brodeur):
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1993, 1995)
2nd Team All Star (1998)
3rd Team All Star (1992, 2000, 2003)

Remove all Europeans plus Roy and Brodeur:
Vezina voting: 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th
1st Team All Star (1991, 1993, 1995, 1998)
2nd Team All Star (1992, 2000, 2003)
3rd Team All Star (1994, 2001*, 2004)

*poor sample of votes

I'm not including seasons when Belfour only received a single vote. Third Team All Stars are obviously unofficial, but they are based off the same votes that determine 1st and 2nd Teams.

I'm not sure yet whether Belfour will be in my top 4, but if he isn't, he'll be close.

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