Born in Carman on April 21, 1965, Ed Belfour played goal for Carman High School, Winkler Flyers and the University of North Dakota - where he won an NCAA Championship in 1986-87. Belfour then signed as a free agent with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and worked hard to earn a spot on their starting roster.
His rookie year (1990-91) was arguably one of the best in NHL history achieving 43 victories in 74 games for which he won the Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year), the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) and the William M. Jennings Trophy (fewest team goals-against). He was also nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy (league MVP).
Belfour won the Vezina Trophy again in 1993 and the Jennings Trophy in 1993, 1995, and shared it with Roman Turek in 1999. 1999 was also the year that Belfour boldly backstopped the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup championship with a stellar 1.26 goals against average.
On winning the Stanley Cup Belfour had this to say, “I dreamed of this day forever, it finally came and I am so thankful.”
Ed Belfour played 963 NHL games over his 18 years with Chicago, San Jose, Dallas and Toronto. He also played for Leksand in Sweden during the 2004 NHL lockout. His 484 wins and 88 playoff wins both rank top five in NHL history as of 2021.
When asked how he made it, Belfour said, “growing up in a small town in Canada and watching Hockey Night in Canada and playing for the Stanley Cup everyday on the street. We had a real competitive high school. I played a lot of sports and I was a pretty good athlete. Obviously a God-given talent, never give up, never quit and always give 110%.”
Belfour was also proud to be named to the Canadian team that won Olympic Gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, helping to end a 50 year drought for his country.