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Friday, February 2, 2001
The Dryden file

By Phillip Lee
Special to ESPN Classic

Ken Dryden
  • Born - Hamilton, Ontario, August 8, 1947
  • 6-4", 205 lbs.
  • Goalie
  • Boston's third choice, 14th overall, in the 1964 Amateur Draft

    Ken Dryden was originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the 1964 Amateur Draft, but decided to attend Cornell University instead.

    Dryden went on to play for the Canadian national team before joining the Montreal Canadiens in 1970-71. He played only six regular-season games for the Habs, but starred in the post-season. Dryden played in all 20 playoff games, led Montreal to a Stanley Cup and earned Conn Smythe honors.

    Dryden led the Canadiens to five more Stanley Cup titles before calling it quits in 1979. He was only 31. During his seven-plus seasons, Dryden's 258-57-74 mark ranks him first in all-time in winning percentage for a goalie with a .758 mark. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

    Career highlights:

  • NHL First Team All-Star (1973, 1976-79)

  • Won Conn Smythe Trophy (1971)

  • Won Calder Memorial Trophy (1972)

  • Won Vezina Trophy (1973, 1976) (shared w/Michel Larocque 1977-79)

  • Won six Stanley Cup championships

  • Participated in 5 NHL All-Star contests

  • Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1983)