Detroit Red Wings: Why Netminder Chris Osgood Deserves a Hall of Fame Bid

December 23rd, 2010 by Stefan Kubus Leave a reply »
It was October 27th, 1993 at the Joe Louis Arena. An anxious 21-year-old rookie netminder out of Peace River, Alberta tended goal for the Detroit Red Wings en route to his first career win in an 8-3 victory over Wayne Gretzky and the powerhouse Los Angeles Kings.

That 21-year-old never looked back since.

When the name Chris Osgood comes to mind, you automatically associate him with Hockeytown and one of the few remaining Red Wings from their early '90s dynasty teams.

For nearly 18 years now, Osgood has stood firmly between the pipes of the Red Wings net. He may not have the largest collection of individual trophies, but his résumé surely does not lack in team accolades—something that cannot be overlooked.

Awarded to the goaltender on the team that allows the fewest goals against throughout the entire season, Osgood captured the William M. Jennings Trophy in both 1996 and 2008.

"Ozzie" and the rest of the Red Wings only allowed an astonishing 181 goals in 1996. To put that in perspective, the New Jersey Devils, with now the most winning goalie of all time in Martin Brodeur, finished second in goals again ...

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