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23. Chris Osgood
A somewhat disrespected goaltender, Chris Osgood won three Stanley Cup Rings without anyone really saying that he was among the elite in his position. Granted, he played with a loaded Red Wings team, but he still backstopped the team to victory after victory.

Considering his own country never named him to a National team in a major international tournament and he only had two All Star games (with no post season All Star nods), the direction that the Hall of Fame committee is far from obvious.

Should Chris Osgood be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • Position: Goalie
  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders
  • Major Accolades and Awards: William M Jennings Trophy (2) (1996 & 2008)
    Second Team All Star (1996)
    NHL All Star (2) (1996 & 2008)
    Stanley Cup Rings (3) (1997, 1998 & 2008) Detroit Red Wings

Should Chris Osgood be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.5%
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0 #7 Dennis Orlandini 2018-11-02 17:02
Although #23 is a pretty high rating, I feel that Chris Osgood should be rated much higher, quite possibly as HIGH AS #8. Not only was Osgood just the 10th goalie in NHL history to notch 400 career wins, (January 2011) but among these best-of-the- best, super-big winners of 400 games or more goalies, Osgood's winning percentage is among the VERY highest 2 OR 3.
-1 #6 Park3 2017-09-04 04:05
Are people seriously comparing Osgood to Bernie Parent and Ed Belfour? :o
-1 #5 Chuck Peterson 2016-02-13 23:24
Billy Smith, Grant Fuhr, and Bernie Parent all got in with excellent offensive teams. Why shouldn't Osgood?
-1 #4 Matthew 2016-01-12 21:24
Ozzie was a money goalie. Nobody ever says that but he was. He almost won another cup for the Wings against my Pens in 09', he played amazing! His reg season stats are that of a HOF'er, and if that's not enough his playoffs were even better! IMO he's the best goalie not in the Hall, including Cujo.
+3 #3 TXDIII 2015-01-23 19:02
It's a shame. His numbers and years say he should be a lock. People remember a few bad goals that put a negative impression on him. It's like working 364 days to gain the respect of your co-workers, only to get drunk at the holiday office party. All everyone remembers is that one day. Ozzie won Detroit's last Cup hands down with his play after Dom was pulled.
+1 #2 Gord A 2014-12-26 03:54
If Cheevers is in, Ozzie should be in. Very similar.
+3 #1 BillyD 2014-11-18 19:57
If Ed Belfour is in, Ozzie should be. Very similar stats except Ozzie had fewer games played. Osgood was actually three percentage points better on wins/games played. For all of those that go on and on about his time with great Red Wings teams, his numbers didn't really drop when he played for mediocre Islanders and Blues teams. As a starter, he could give you 30-plus wins a season. He didn't sit for the playoffs except for the 04-05 lockout and the 05-06 season. He didn't define goalie greatness like Roy or Brodeur, but he was consistent and could be counted on. If the Hall is going to continue being just a hall of great players instead of the greatest of the great, he deserves to be there.

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