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Terry Sawchuk

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk

Profession: NHL Legend


Biography: Played 21 seasons in the NHL for five different teams, but was best known as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He is widely considered to be one of the best if not the best goaltenders of all-time, and set the standard for measuring goaltenders.

Born: December 28, 1929
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: May 31, 1970 (aged 40)

Married Life

  • 1953-08-06 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

Historical Events

  • 1950-01-15 Red Wings' rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk records his first of 115 career NHL shutouts, as Detroit beats the New York Rangers, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1954-11-05 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick
  • 1967-05-02 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Terry Sawchuk makes 40 saves as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-1 in Game 6 to take title, 4-2
  • 1970-02-01 Rangers' goalie Terry Sawchuk records his 447th (and final) victory, and 103rd career shutout when New York beats the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0; both are NHL records at the time

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