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Ed Belfour
Toronto Maple Leafs
5' 11"  190 lbs.
QUICK STATS
  Regular Post
Record 401-262-105 79-57
GAA 2.45 2.14
SV% .907 .919
SO 65 11


Mental Toughness
Eddie the Eagle must have rhino skin by now. Told forever that he wasn't a top-echelon goaltender, Belfour persevered and made his ascent to the top undaunted. An undeniable belief in self and a tremendous work ethic make Belfour most capable of handling adversity. If you didn't think so before, witness his handling of replacing local fan favorite Curtis Joseph in Toronto this season.

Glove Hand
Belfour is not known as a great "glove goalie," yet his catching ability is not viewed as a liability.

Stick
Belfour is excellent around his own net. His decision-making is outstanding, often serving as a compliment to the defensive pairing in front of him. His passing skills are top notch, and he shows restraint in shooting the puck down the ice. Experience has taught Belfour not to wander too aggressively.

Pads
He has good use of his leg pads, which is an extension of his superb skating skills. Seldom off-balance, Belfour uses his pads to control rebounds to great effect.

Style
Belfour is exceptional in traffic, employing a tripod stance to block the puck down low, and his rebound control and puck pursuit on put backs is second to none.

Intangible
Belfour's technique and rebound control is in stark contrast to that of the man he replaced in the Leafs' goal, Curtis Joseph. It took some time, but his defensemen are used to the less frenetic pace in and around the goal, and have benefited tremendously.

Stanley Cup
Won the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Dallas Stars.

 


 
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