Prior to coming to the Dallas Stars in 1997, Ed Belfour already amassed a resume that was Hall of Fame worthy: 2 Vezina Trophies as the league’s best goal tender, the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year, 3 Jennings Trophies as the goalie with the lowest goals against average and 3 All-Star games. Belfour ended his illustrious career with the Chicago Blackhawks with whom he spent his first 9 years after being traded to San Jose as he and the Blackhawks were unable to come to a contract extension agreement.
That summer, The Eagle would embark on “the rest of his career” as he signed with Dallas during the free agency period. In his first year, Belfour would lead the Stars to their first President’s Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. Despite leading the league with a sparkling 1.88 GAA, Eddie would fall short of his ultimate goal of the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Stars lost out in the West Finals to Belfour’s old rival, Detroit Red Wings.
The following year, Belfour would add another Jennings Trophy to his mantle along with keeping the President’s Trophy in Dallas. As the Stars started the playoffs, Eddie would begin what would be one of the most impressive postseason performances in history. Sure, three shutouts and career bests of 1.67 GAA along with a save percentage of .935 are where everyone places their focus. However, when you dig a little deeper and realize that Belfour and the Stars had to go through Grant Fuhr and St. Louis, perennial postseason deity, Patrick Roy who backstopped the Colorado Avalanche to one of the most brutal, yet exciting 7-game series in recent memory to realize the Stars’ opportunity at their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
It didn’t end there. Dallas and Belfour had one more future Hall-of-Famer to get past in Domink Hasek with the Buffalo Sabres. With one of the gutsiest performances in a championship-clinching game, Belfour out-dueled Hasek in triple-overtime in game-6 to realize his dream of hoisting the Cup and securing his place among the game’s best goal tenders of all time.
Tonight, the Dallas Stars honor Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour as being named to the 20th Anniversary All-Dallas team as voted on by the fans. One more time, Dallas…