On a hunch, the Montreal Canadians started Ken Dryden
in the 1970/71 playoffs. Dryden is now known as one of the best goalies ever, and easily the best of the 1970’s, but prior to those playoffs, he only had played in six regular season NHL games and was not known much at all. Dryden not only played well, but won the Conn Smythe Award as the Habs won the Stanley Cup that year.
Dryden would continue the 70’s as his decade of dominance. He won five more cups, the Calder (which he won AFTER he won a Cup and a Conn Smythe) and five Vezina Trophies. He was the brick wall of the last great dynasty in Montreal, and he almost literally looked like one. Dryden was six foot four, and was not just his size that made him special. He was a master with his hockey stick and his reflexes had few (if any) equals. Although his career was relatively brief (only eight seasons) he accomplished more than a handful of All Star goalies do in twenty. Right now, Dryden is working on a Hall of Fame political career in Canada. The Bullet Points:Elected In:
GoaliePlayed for:Montreal CanadiansTeam Canada (1972 Summit Series)Major Accolades and Awards:Vezina Trophy (5) (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)Calder Trophy (1972)Conn Smythe Trophy (1) (1971)First Team All Star (5) (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)Second Team All Star (1) (1972)All Star Games (5) (1972, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)Stanley Cup Rings (6) (Montreal Canadians 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
Should Ken Dryden be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 100%
I am fine with this induction. - 0%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 0%