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Belfour, Ed
Chicago Blackhawks

In 1988-89, Chicago felt assured that they had found their goaltender of the future in ED BELFOUR, a free agent signing from the University of North Dakota. But the Carman, Manitoba native played 23 games, winning four, losing 12 and tying three, and was sent back to the now defunct International Hockey League. ED didn't return to the NHL until the playoffs of 1989-90, but stayed for good this time. In 1990-91, his official rookie campaign, BELFOUR led the NHL in games played by a goaltender (74), wins (43) and goals-against average (2.47). As a result of his sensational season, ED BELFOUR was named to the First All-Star Team, won the Jennings Trophy as the goaltender with the best goals against average, was selected as the NHL's best goalkeeper, thus winning the Vezina Trophy and won the CALDER TROPHY as the NHL's best rookie. Second place went to Sergei Federov of the Red Wings. ED BELFOUR remained with Chicago until the 1996-97 season, studying under Hockey Hall of Fame member Vladislav Tretiak. To honour his mentor, BELFOUR wears Tretiak's number 20.

Belfour, Ed