Glen Hall played in 17 NHL seasons for the Red Wings, Black Hawks and Blues. Hall had his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup before he ever played and NHL game. In the 1952 playoffs, he was called up to be the back-up goaltender to Red Wings starter Terry Sawchuk. Although he didn’t play, the Red Wings went on to win the cup and Hall’s name was included with his Red Wings teammates. Hall is widely considered one of the first goaltenders to develop and use the “butterfly” style of goaltending.
Hall finally did replace Sawchuk as the Wings starting goaltender to begin the 1955-56 season. In his first season, Glen played in all 70 games, recorded 12 shutouts and won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year. His second season as a Wing saw him play in all 70 games again and, as a reward, the Wings traded him to the Black Hawks along with Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.
Hall continued to play every game with the Black Hawks, backstopping them to the Stanley Cup in 1961 over his former team the Red Wings. When back problems finally took Hall out of a game in 1962, he had played in 502 straight games over 8 seasons, all without ever wearing a mask! You can bet that this record will never be broken.
Despite winning the Vezina trophy in 1967, Hall was left unprotected in the 1967-68 NHL expansion draft. He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues and led them to first place in their inaugural season. Hall took the Blues all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, where the Blues lost 4 very close games to the Montreal Canadiens. Despite this loss Hall was chosen as the Conn Smythe trophy winner, the MVP of the playoffs, an award rarely given to a player whose team has not won the Stanley Cup.
Hall ended his career with 407 Wins and 84 shutouts. He was 7 times a first team NHL All Star (a record among goalies), played in 11 NHL All Star games as well as winning the Calder trophy, 3 Vezina trophies and 2 Stanley Cups. Hall was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
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