Ed Belfour deserves Hall nod Tuesday

Ed Belfour is going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s a not a matter of if, only when. The former Dallas Stars netminder is in first year of eligibility for the HHOF and we’ll find out Tuesday if he gets in the first time around.

He should. The record speaks for itself. He was one of the best goalies of his time, along with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.

He won the Vezina Trophy twice, the Jennings Trophy four times. He won the Calder Trophy. He won a Stanley Cup.

When you add up the career numbers, he stacks up impressively. He’s third all-time in wins with 484, trailing only Brodeur and Roy. He’s tied for fourth all-time in games played with 963. He had 76 career shutouts, which is tied for ninth in NHL history.

There are the 88 playoff victories, tied for fifth in NHL history. He’s third all-time in playoff games played with 161. His 14 career playoff shutouts are tied for fifth. That 2.17 playoff goals against average and .920 save percentage aren’t too shabby either.

Here’s a breakdown of the accomplishments.

*Stanley Cup (Dallas, 1999)

*Vezina Trophy – Best Goaltender (1991, 1993)

*Calder Trophy – Rookie of the Year (1991)

*Jennings Trophy –Fewest goals allowed (1991, 1993, 1995, 1999)

*NHL First All-Star Team (1991, 1993)

*NHL Second All-Star Team (1995)

*Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award – Best Save Percentage (2000)

Belfour was also selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game six times. He was a member of Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2002 Olympics.

The Eagle’s record speaks for itself: the numbers, the accomplishments, and the length of the career. It all adds up to a tremendous career, a Hall of Fame career.