Top-ranked NHL teams tend to be those with top-ranked goalies and a look back at the Stanley Cup champions of hockey history quickly proves the conventional wisdom. Great Goalies of the NHL profiles some of the most outstanding netminders the game has ever seen: Jacques Plante, who pioneered use of the goalie mask while minding net for the dynasty Montreal Canadiens that won 5 Stanley Cups in a row; Ken Dryden, another Canadiens goaltender who backstopped the team to six Stanley Cup victories; Glenn Hall, who still holds the record for most consecutive NHL games played by a goalie; Patrick Roy, known as Saint Patrick to his fans, widely regarded as the greatest
goaltender of all time; such superstar stoppers as Terry Sawchuk, Grant Fuhr, Johnny Bower, Martin Brodeur, and more.
J. ALEXANDER POULTON is a writer, photographer and genuine sports enthusiast. He's even willing to admit he has ''called in sick'' during the broadcasts of major sports events so that he can get in as much viewing as possible. He has earned his BA in English literature and his graduate diploma in journalism.