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List Rules Only goaltenders.

Going down as one of the best NHL goalies of all time isn't easy. Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean once said, "It's pretty tough for a goalie when you look at it. You're always the last line of defense. If you let a goal in, you can't go to the bench and hide between the guys or anything." While goaltending alone does not win games or championships, it can be the difference between a win and an embarrassing loss. Certainly there has been some stellar goaltenders in the history of the NHL, but a select few stand above and beyond the rest.

Who are the greatest hockey goalies of all time? Which goalkeepers have the most impressive records? There are plenty of amazing goalkeepers on this list and without them, their teams would be in trouble. The old NHL adage is that you're only as good as your goalie. Without some of the guys on this list, their teams would be at the bottom of the league, or at minimum, just an average squad. Vote for the top NHL goalies ever. While you're at it, cast your votes for the best goalies in the NHL right now.

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Dominik Hašek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

Representing one of many Czech goaltenders, Dominik Hasek arguably earned his nickname as "The Dominator" through strong play with the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators. Hasek set the bar for European goaltenders in the NHL, becoming the first European netminder to win the Stanley Cup and lead the league in goals against average.

Compared to goaltenders of any background, his numbers were not too shabby either, including still leading the record books with a .922 career save percentage. Oh yeah, he also won the Vezina Trophy six times, the Jennings Trophy three times and both the Hart Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award twice each.

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Martin Brodeur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

The definition of a modern-day great goaltender, Martin Brodeur is not only a legend in New Jersey, where he's played for roughly two decades with the Devils, but around the world as well. Marty began his 19th season in the NHL in 2010 as the record holder of numerous league goaltending records.

Five Jennings Trophies, four Vezina Trophies, three Stanley Cup rings, two Olympic gold medals and a Calder Memorial Trophy are just a sampling of his accomplishments. As if that was not enough, Brodeur can also score. He's just one of two who have put the puck in the opposing net both in the regular season and in the playoffs.

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Patrick Roy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

Still active as a major-junior hockey coach, Patrick Roy's legacy rests on his stellar play with both the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche between 1985 and 2003. Like other top goaltenders, Roy holds a handful of NHL records including for playoff games played, playoff wins, playoff shutouts and Conn Smythe Trophy wins, earning the nod as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times.

Though he's also remembered for perfecting the butterfly style of goaltending, Roy is also known for his physicality on and off the ice, fighting no less than two Detroit Red Wings netminders in the 1990s.

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Jacques Plante is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

Playing for six NHL teams between 1952 and 1973, Jacques Plante earned a record six Vezina Trophies, numerous NHL All-Star Game selections and even the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1962 as the best player in the league. His six Stanley Cup, five of which were consecutive with the Montreal Canadiens, are impressive, but his impact on the game itself is what stands out.

Plante changed how goaltenders played the game, being the first to leave the net to control the puck, the first to raise a hand on an icing call and the first to wear a mask in net. Long story short, Plante is and always will be the best goaltender to ever appear between the pipes.

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Terry Sawchuk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

As one of only six players to have their jersey number retired by the Detroit Red Wings, Terry Sawchuck carried the Winged Wheel to three Stanley Cup championships in the 1950s and added a fourth with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967. Though he played alongside the likes of Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, Sawchuk held his own in net.

His record of 103 shutouts stood in the NHL for nearly 40 years and he took home no less than four Vezina Trophies along the way. Many would go so far as to say "The Uke" is the best goaltender to ever play in the NHL, including The Hockey News, who ranked him as the top netminder in their 1998 list of the greatest hockey players.

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The pioneer of the butterfly goaltending style, Glenn Hall, or "Mr. Goalie" as he is known, started in an NHL-record 502 as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and St. Louis Blues in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Hall found success by being superstitious, often throwing up before games en route to winning three Stanley Cups, three Vezina Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Hall however is also remembered for the shots he didn't stop, including the Cup-winning score from the great Bobby Orr in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. That moment, with Orr floating through the air in front of Hall, is easily one of the most-notable hockey images of all time as well.

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Bernie Parent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Bernard Marcel Parent is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 National Hockey League seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs, ...more

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Vladislav Tretiak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

The only goaltender on the list who never played a minute in the National Hockey League, Vladislav Tretiak is easily the best Soviet goaltender to ever play the game. When not playing for the Red Army team HC CSKA Moscow, Tretiak was busy winning 10 World Ice Hockey Championships and three Olympic gold medals.

Tretiak anchored the Soviet team in four Winter Olympics, including in the notable Miracle on Ice event in 1980 when the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team beat out the Soviets to take the gold.

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Ken Dryden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

Not only is Ken Dryden easily one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game, but off the ice, Dryden is immensely successful having served as a member of the Canadian Parliament from 2004 to 2011. On the ice, Dryden took the Montreal Canadiens to six Stanley Cup championships in the 1970s during his NHL career, which interestingly lasted just over seven seasons.

He packed each of those years with outstanding play, winning the Vezina five times, the Conn Smythe in 1971 and the Calder Trophy in 1972. Make no mistake, that was not a typo, Dryden was so awesome that he won the playoff MVP award a full year before he was named rookie of the year and was the only to ever do so.

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Johnny Bower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
John William Bower, nicknamed "The China Wall", is a Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender.

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Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Grant Scott Fuhr is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League and former goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. In 2003, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of ...more

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Tony Esposito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

One half of the notable Esposito brothers, Tony Esposito played in goal for the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks from 1967 to 1984. Though he only lays claim to a single championship, winning the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1969, Esposito saw personal success as a three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy and six-time selection for the NHL All-Star Game.

In addition to serving as the NHLPA President and Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager, Tony O also had a notable international career in which he represented both Canada and the United States.

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Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Beginning his junior career with the Tri-City Americans in the ...more

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Roberto Luongo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Roberto Luongo is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he is of Italian and Irish ancestry. He employs ...more

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Georges Vézina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Joseph Georges Gonzague Vézina was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played seven seasons in the National Hockey Association and nine in the National Hockey League, all ...more

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Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Henrik Björn Lundqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in ...more

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Ed Belfour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Edward John Belfour is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Belfour was born in Carman, Manitoba and grew up playing hockey. He played junior hockey for the Winkler Flyers ...more

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Tiny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Cecil Ralph "Tiny" Thompson was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, first for the Boston Bruins, and later for the ...more

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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Jonathan Douglas Quick is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Kings selected Quick with the 72nd overall pick in the 2005 ...more

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Miikka Kiprusoff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks during his National Hockey League career. He was selected in ...more

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Pelle Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Göran Per-Eric "Pelle" Lindbergh was a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who played parts of five seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Frank Brimsek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Francis Charles "Mister Zero" Brimsek was an American professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League and the ...more

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Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
William John Smith, better known as Billy Smith, is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender and is best known for winning four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and being the first ...more

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Curtis Joseph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Curtis Shayne "CuJo" Joseph is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He last played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League during the 2008–09 NHL ...more

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Mike Vernon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Michael Vernon is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Florida ...more

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Marc-André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Marc-André Fleury is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League ...more

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John Vanbiesbrouck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
John "Beezer" Vanbiesbrouck is an American professional ice hockey executive and former player. A goaltender as a player, he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in ...more

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Ron Hextall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Ronald Jeffrey Hextall is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 National Hockey League seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Islanders. ...more

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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Michael Thomas Richter is a former ice hockey goaltender. One of the most successful American-born goaltenders in history, he is best known for having led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup ...more

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Turk Broda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

Another Ukrainian goaltender of note, Walter "Turk" Broda is perhaps the first great goaltender to play in the National Hockey League. Staring his career in 1935, Broda played nearly two decades with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Broda helped the Leafs win five Stanley Cups, but is perhaps best remembered as being an anchor for the team when they completed a nearly impossible comeback.

Down three games to none against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals, Broda helped Toronto sweep the next four games to win the title. For reference, only a select few teams have also accomplished that comeback feat in the half a century since.

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Tim Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Timothy Thomas, Jr. is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent of the National Hockey League. Raised in Davison, Michigan, Thomas played ...more

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Roger Crozier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Roger Allan Crozier was a Canadian professional hockey goaltender who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals. ...more

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Ryan Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Ryan Dean Miller is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Miller was drafted 138th overall by the Buffalo ...more

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Pekka Rinne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
JoelVihusaari added Pekka Rinne is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. He was nominated for the Vezina Trophy in 2011 and 2012.

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Bill Ranford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
William Edward Ranford is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings. He was selected in the third round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, ...more

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Clint Benedict is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Clinton Stevenson "Praying Benny" Benedict was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Maroons. He played on four Stanley ...more

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Gerry Cheevers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Gerald Michael "Cheesey" Cheevers is a former goaltender in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association between 1961 and 1980, most famous for his two stints with the ...more

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Chris Osgood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Christopher John Osgood is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently ranked tenth in wins in NHL regular season history with 401. Osgood spent the first part of his ...more

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Evgeni Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Yevgeni Viktorovich Nabokov, more commonly written as Evgeni Nabokov, is a Kazakhstani-Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender of the National Hockey League. Nabokov was selected ...more

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Rogie Vachon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
johnnmcg09 added Never allowed a goal on a penalty shot.

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Pete Peeters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
slaft added Peter H. Peeters is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. ...more

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Eddie Giacomin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Edward "Ed" Giacomin is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League, as well as for the ...more

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Tom Barrasso is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Thomas Patrick Barrasso is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Barrasso was a goaltender for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh ...more

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Gump Worsley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Lorne John "Gump" Worsley was a professional ice hockey goaltender. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, 'Gump' was given his nickname because friends thought he looked like ...more

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Dan Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
slaft added Daniel Hector "Bouch" Bouchard is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in the National Hockey League with the Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Quebec Nordiques, and

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George Hainsworth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
George Henry Hainsworth was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League, and the Saskatoon Crescents ...more

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Tuukka Rask is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Tuukka Mikael Rask is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry ...more

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Andy Moog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Donald Andrew Moog is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played for the WCHL's Kamloops Chiefs, WHL's Billings Bighorns, CHL's Wichita Wind, NHL's Edmonton Oilers, Boston ...more

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Mike Liut is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Michael Dennis Liut is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Liut played for the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association from 1977 to 1979 and for the St. Louis ...more

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Félix Potvin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time
Félix "The Cat" Potvin is a former National Hockey League goaltender.