Great Goalies – NHL, RUSSIA, EUROPE



NHL

Patrick Roy – There are plenty of hockey fans and hockey pros who think that Roy was easily the best NHL goalie of all-time. At the very least, he’s the best butterfly goalie we’ve ever seen. Roy made 11 All-Star teams in his career, won four Stanley Cups, and he is second on the all-time wins list with 551.
Martin Brodeur – Brodeur could have been on teams with no talent up front and they still would have won plenty of games. His hybrid style was extremely tough for opposing teams to beat, which is why he was able to win the Vezina Trophy four times. He also went to 10 All-Star games and he has the most saves ever with just under 30,000.

Russia

Vladislav Tretiak – Some people see Tretiak as not only the best Russian goalie ever, but the best goalie overall. It’s usually tough to compare players that never played in the NHL to those who did, but it’s pretty easy to see why Tretiak is revered. He was able to win three Olympic gold medals in the 70s and 80s, and he also won an unbelievable 10 gold medals at the World Championships in his career.
Viktor Konovalenko – Before Tretiak made a name for himself, most people thought that Konovalenko was irreplaceable in the Russian net. He was the goalie for two Olympic gold medal teams and he took home the gold in eight World Championships. He also won the Soviet League MVP in 1970.

Europe

Leif Holmqvist (SHL) – Holmqvist is probably the best Swedish goaltender to never play in the NHL. He spent the majority of his career with AIK, but the world got to know him during the 1969 World Championships, where he was named the best goalie of the tournament.
Jiri Holecek (Slovak Extraliga) – Believe it or not, Holecek was a third-strong goalie until he got his chance with Sparta Prague. He then went on to win a Czechoslovakian MVP award in 1974 and he was in the net for 10 World Championships, which included three gold medals.

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