The Prime 10 Weirdest NHL Goaltenders in Historical past

It’s a commonly-held perception in NHL circles, and hockey usually, that goalies are typically a bit bizarre. It’s more odd to discover a goalie that isn’t bizarre than it’s to search out one that’s.

In spite of everything, who would willingly signal as much as have folks fling frozen rubber discs at you at excessive speeds? There have been many quirky, memorable goalies over time however there are a couple of that stand out as the craziest goalies in NHL historical past.

10. Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask doesn’t like shootouts. He tends to get very, very indignant when he loses at shootouts. It goes again to his days for the Windfall Bruins within the AHL, when he had presumably essentially the most memorable freakout in current hockey reminiscence:

It’s continued to his days within the NHL, too:

In actual fact, a research executed in 2013 concluded that Rask has a few 33% probability of completely freaking out when he loses in a shootout. The numbers haven’t been up to date in recent times, nevertheless it wouldn’t shock me if the proportion remained about the identical.

9. Roman Cechmanek

Usually, goaltenders don’t wish to get hit within the head by pictures. It hurts, and leaves your ears ringing for some time after it occurs. However not Roman Cechmanek, who was additionally recognized to rock a unibrow, would deliberately use his head to make saves, in what grew to become often known as “cranium saves” amongst Flyers followers. Cechmanek’s fashion was unorthodox at finest, however in his quick time in Philadelphia, he was extraordinarily efficient.

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Roman Cechmanek (Picture by Jeff Gross/Getty Pictures)

Till the playoffs, that’s. Within the 2001-02 playoffs, Cechmanek noticed the Ottawa Senators a three-goal lead in Recreation 4, with Philadelphia already down 2-1 within the collection. Cechmanek skated out to middle ice and began berating his teammates, pondering that they weren’t holding up their finish of the cut price and taking part in nicely in entrance of him. In response, among the Flyers gamers reportedly fired pucks at his head throughout follow the subsequent day in response. Unsurprisingly, Cechmanek solely lasted yet another 12 months in Philadelphia earlier than being dealt to LA.

8. Tim Thomas

If Tim Thomas was not proud of you, he made positive that you just knew it, and that you just felt it. When you went in his house, he made you remorse it, like when he slashed Carl Soderberg within the head:

Or if you happen to take liberties with considered one of his teammates, he gained’t await considered one of his teammates to do one thing. He’ll take issues into his personal arms.

Off the ice, Thomas had a couple of notable incidents. When the Bruins gained the Stanley Cup in 2010-11, Thomas, the Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, was conspicuously absent from the staff’s journey to the White Home with President Obama. Thomas issued the next assertion on his absence:

I consider the Federal authorities has grown uncontrolled, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the Individuals.

That is being executed on the Government, Legislative, and Judicial degree. That is in direct opposition to the Structure and the Founding Fathers imaginative and prescient for the Federal authorities.

As a result of I consider this, in the present day I exercised my proper as a Free Citizen, and didn’t go to the White Home. This was not about politics or get together, as in my view each events are accountable for the state of affairs we’re in as a rustic. This was a few selection I needed to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

That is the one public assertion I shall be making on this matter. TT

After taking part in yet another 12 months within the NHL, Thomas determined to take a 12 months off from hockey in 2012-13, citing that he wanted to spend extra time with “mates, household, and religion”, which is a wonderfully reputable cause. Shortly after, he started posting articles to his Fb web page that warned of a worldwide financial meltdown, saying “See why hockey’s simply not that vital proper now”?

7. Turk Broda

Turk Broda was often known as a legendary playoff goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs within the Forties and early Fifties. When requested why he was all the time so profitable within the playoffs, Broda provided the next:

Turk Broda enjoys a stack of pancakes within the crease. (THW Archives)

“The bonus cash for successful wasn’t a lot however I all the time wanted it,” he stated. “Or possibly I used to be simply too dumb to know the state of affairs was critical.”

Broda was additionally concerned in a steady battle with Leafs proprietor Conn Smythe over his taking part in weight, which was dubbed “The Battle of the Bulge” by the Toronto Media. Smythe threatened that Broda’s job as beginning goaltender could be misplaced to 2 AHL goalies if he didn’t drop his taking part in weight to 190 kilos earlier than the 1949-50 season. The disagreement culminated in a remaining weigh-in the day earlier than opening evening, with all the Toronto media current, during which Broda got here in at 189 kilos, and was allowed to maintain his job.

6. Ed Belfour

Often called “Loopy Eddie” to many followers, it comes as no shock that Ed Belfour makes an look on this listing. Belfour was so specific about his gear and the way it was dealt with that he provided the next piece of recommendation that attempted to get between him and his gear: “You contact my stuff, I’ll kill you.”

Ed Belfour (THW Archives)

Belfour was an outstanding goalie, however was absurdly aggressive and had extraordinarily excessive expectations of himself, and his teammates. He would usually conflict with equally aggressive coach Mike Keenan in consequence in Chicago. Twice, an intoxicated Belfour has been arrested for a collection of various points. The primary time, in 2000, he provided the arresting officers $100k, after which $1 billion for his launch with none costs. They unsurprisingly declined.

5. Glenn Corridor

Glenn Corridor is universally considered one of many best goalies of all-time. He was named a First-Crew All Star seven occasions, and Second-Crew All Star 4 occasions. He performed in 502 consecutive video games, a document that may certainly by no means be damaged. And earlier than each a kind of video games, Corridor would throw up. His reasoning behind it, whereas greater than a bit kooky, does present simply how devoted he was to successful.

“I all the time felt I performed higher if I used to be bodily sick earlier than the sport. If I wasn’t sick, I felt I hadn’t executed all the things I may to attempt to win.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Goalie Glenn Corridor #1 defends the online throughout an NHL recreation towards the New York Rangers on November 17, 1965 on the Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, New York. (Picture by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Pictures)

Rumor has it that after throwing up, Corridor would then have a glass of orange juice, and exit for the sport. As odd as it’s, it clearly labored for the Corridor of Famer.

4. Patrick Roy

Whereas he’s arguably the best goalie of all time, Patrick Roy was actually not with out his quirks. Most notable was that he unabashedly admitted that he used to speak to his goalposts. When requested why, Patrick responded, “As a result of they’re my mates”. The saying goes that the goalposts are the goalie’s finest pal, however that’s normally extra a flip of phrase somewhat than an precise actuality.

Apart from speaking to his posts, Patrick was often known as a fiery competitor. You’d be hard-pressed to search out somebody that hated dropping as a lot as he did. He confirmed it each whereas he was between his finest mates on the ice, and in addition as a coach. Fittingly, in Roy’s first recreation as an NHL coach, he acquired right into a screaming match with Bruce Boudreau and almost knocked over the glass pane separating the 2 benches. Solidifying his place amongst loopy goalies.

Previous to turning into the coach of the Avalanche, Roy was the coach and proprietor of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. In January 2007, Roy allegedly punched the co-owner of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens after Chicoutimi followers had refused to permit the Remparts again on their bus after the sport. A 12 months later, a brawl ensued between the 2 groups during which goaltender Jonathan Roy, Patrick’s son, acquired right into a violent combat with the Chicoutimi goaltender.

The combat landed Jonathan a seven-game suspension and Patrick a five-game suspension. Patrick claims the assault wasn’t orchestrated, regardless of him being caught on video making a gesture to his son as he neared the Chicoutimi goalie. Patrick has since apologized for the incident and stated he ought to have executed a greater job containing his gamers.

3. Ilya Bryzgalov

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Ilya Bryzgalov (Tom Turk/THW)

For almost all of Ilya Bryzgalov’s profession, he was considered a fairly regular goalie. Certain, there was the “Why you heff to be mad?” sound byte, however aside from that, we actually didn’t understand how odd Bryz actually was. However as soon as he was put in Philadelphia, the goaltending hell, and a digicam was positioned in entrance of him for NHL 24/7, we noticed a unique Bryz.

Bryz didn’t play very nicely on the ice in Philadelphia, however he was a quote machine. From his ramblings on the universe being “humangous huge”, to receiving the loss of life penalty for killing a tiger in China, or opining on the fantastic thing about his Siberian Husky as “a sizzling woman, man”, you really by no means knew what Bryz was going to say subsequent. This all would have been advantageous and dandy if he was taking part in nicely.

However he wasn’t, and within the Philadelphia media, it shortly become a really bitter relationship. It culminated within the Flyers shopping for out the remaining seven years of Bryzgalov’s contract simply to get him to go away.

2. Ron Hextall

Up subsequent on the listing is a person that may be very grateful that Bryzgalov shouldn’t be in Philadelphia, present Flyers basic supervisor Ron Hextall. Whereas Hextall seems to have tamed his act down since retirement (aside from his outburst directed in the direction of the underperforming Flyers), his mood throughout his taking part in days was legendary. There are solely three seasons during which a goalie has eclipsed 100 penalty minutes, and Hextall owns all three from 1986 to 1989. He additionally holds the document for many penalty minutes by a goalie in league historical past.

Essentially the most well-known occasion was when he jumped Chris Chelios within the 1989 playoffs, who had concussed Flyers ahead Brian Propp earlier within the collection. When you messed with Hextall, you had been going to really feel it afterward. He made positive of that.

1. Gilles Gratton

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Gratton and his masks. (THW Archives)

Chances are high, you’ve by no means heard of Gratton, the #1 goalie on the listing. He solely performed 47 profession NHL video games within the Seventies, however was fairly the character. Within the goalies are bizarre division, Gilles is close to the highest. Gratton claimed that he remembered to reside prior lives, and his present life as an NHL goalie was punishment for his earlier misdeeds. The very first thing you seen about Gratton was his masks.

In in the present day’s world the masks wouldn’t be that unusual, however this was the Seventies and Gratton performed for the Rangers and Blues, which don’t have anything to do with a cat. Amongst different issues, right here is an abbreviated listing of Gratton’s quirks:

  • He as soon as refused to play in a recreation as a result of the moon was within the incorrect place within the sky.
  • He claimed that in a previous life he was a soldier within the Spanish Inquisition who was run by way of with a lance. This was his rationalization for belly pains he was feeling.
  • John Davidson, a former teammate, claimed he would stroll right into a room with a piano and begin taking part in it superbly, regardless of claiming to have by no means performed piano in his life.
  • Rod Gilbert, Corridor of Famer, claimed Gratton was essentially the most proficient goalie he had ever performed with. However after being hypnotized one evening, Gilles started to consider he was an executioner who used to stone folks to loss of life. Then when pucks had been fired at him, he believed they had been stones and would bounce out of the way in which.

Who’re among the different bizarre goalies in hockey historical past? Who else belongs on the listing?

This publish was initially written in March, 2016.