Day 24: Favorite goalie of all time?
Robert: Since I'm a younger fan, I wasn't really able to enjoy previous Hawks greats. So it almost goes without saying that my favorite goalie of all time is Corey Crawford. Crow developed through the Hawks' system for years patiently, endures mountains of criticism even after accomplishing so much, and has turned into one of the best goalies in the NHL. His transformation into an elite goalie and resolve are what have me considered adding his name to my Hawks jersey selection. I'm normally very picky, but for a guy that could end up being the best or at least most decorated (Get this man a Conn Smythe) Hawks goalie of all time, you make exceptions. He is the Hawks' lynchpin for all of the recent and future success. I've always said there's sometimes a strange sense of calm that comes over me when a Hawks' opponent is pressuring or has a breakaway. That's because I know Crow is between the pipes withstanding the flourish and putting on yet another show.
Brandon: For the Hawks, I'll agree with Polish Bob. The one thing I'll add to his answer is Crawford got David Kaplan to eat his words and make Kaplan say he was wrong at the convention.
Non-Hawks it's Patrick Roy because in the 1990s he was fantastic between the pipes and landed a few good shots on Chris Osgood, too. Also, a netminder that doesn't get nearly as much credit around these parts as he should is Wendell Young, who has won five championships (Robertson, Memorial, Calder, Turner and Stanley). He won two Turners with the Chicago Wolves and his No. 1 was the first number retired and hung in the rafters at the AllState Arena.
So, sound off below. Who's your favorite goalie of all time?