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Terry Sawchuk

Born:December 28, 1929Draft:Joined the Red Wings in 1949
Hometown:Winnipeg, MB, CANPosition:Goalie
Known For:The World’s Greatest GoalieCatches:Left
National Team:N/A

Terrance Gordon Sawchuk (December 28, 1929 – May 31, 1970) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. He won the Calder Trophy, earned the Vezina Trophy in four different seasons, was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame the year after his final season, one of only ten players ever for whom the three year waiting period was waived.

At the time of his death, Sawchuk was the all-time leader among NHL goaltenders with 447 wins and with 103 shutouts. In the many decades following his death, his wins record has been surpassed by only five goaltenders, and his shutouts record has been surpassed by one goaltender, though Sawchuk will forever remain the all-time leader in wins and shutouts by goaltenders who played in the Original Six era. In 2017, Sawchuk was named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players”.

Terry Sawchuk

Terry Sawchuk Stats

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
June 3, 1955Marcel Bonin
Lorne Davis
Vic Stasiuk
Gilles Boisvert
Real Chevrefils
Norm Corcoran
Warren Godfrey
Ed Sandford
June 10, 1957John Bucyk
October 10, 1968Jimmy Peters
June 17, 1969Sandy SnowLarry Jeffrey

Deeper Dive


  • USHL Rookie of the Year (1948)
  • AHL Rookie of the Year (1949)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1951)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1964, and 1968)
  • 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)
  • First goaltender to record 100 career regular-season shutouts (1967)
  • 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
  • Detroit Red Wings #1 retired on March 6, 1994
  • 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
  • Inducted into the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.[18]
  • In January 2017, Sawchuk was part of the first group of players to be named ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.
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