Roy is not the lone prodigy in pads. All around the NHL, promising young goalies have popped up. Check it out: Three of last season's four conference finalists went with pups in the nets. For the Rangers there was John Vanbiesbrouck (22 years old); for Calgary, Mike Vernon (23); and, of course, Montreal had Roy. And this season will be, more than ever before, a young goalies' game throughout the NHL. Consider: Boston ( Bill Ranford, 19), Buffalo ( Tom Barrasso, 21), Detroit (Greg Stefan, 25), Edmonton ( Grant Fuhr, 24), Minnesota (Don Beaupre, 25), New Jersey (Craig Billington, 20, or Chris Terreri, 21), Islanders ( Kelly Hrudey, 25), Pittsburgh (Roberto Romano, 24), Quebec ( Clint Malarchuk, 25, and Mario Gosselin, 23), Toronto ( Ken Wregget, 22) and Winnipeg ( Steve Penney, 25).
All of which leads to the question: Who is the oldest goalie? That would be Chico Resch of the Flyers—who, at 38, is also the oldest player in the NHL.