Hall, Glenn (1931–)

A model of consistency as a professional goaltender, Glenn Hall played eighteen NHL seasons and rarely missed a game. Born on October 3, 1931, in Humboldt, Hall spent his junior career with the Humboldt Indians and the Windsor Spitfires before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in 1951. Despite playing for the Wings a mere eight times prior to 1955, Hall perfected his goaltending style while in the minors; he was a pioneer of what is known today as the “butterfly style.” The 1955–56 campaign was Hall’s first full season in the NHL. He recorded thirty wins and twelve shutouts in seventy games for the Red Wings, and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Hall was equally consistent the following year, but was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks with teammate Ted Lindsay in July 1957. He spent the next ten seasons with the Hawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 1961 and playing in 502 consecutive regular-season games before an injury ended his streak. The St. Louis Blues claimed Hall in the 1967 Expansion Draft, and he backstopped the new team all the way to the Stanley Cup final. Despite losing to Montreal in four games, he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Hall retired at the end of the 1970-71 season. He was named to the First All-Star Team on seven occasions, and was a three-time joint-winner of the Vezina Trophy for fewest regular season goals allowed. Hall was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Further Reading

Podnieks, A. et al. 2002. Kings of the Ice: A History of World Hockey. Richmond Hill, Ontario: NDE Publishing.