Terry Sawchuk

Terry Sawchuk

Infobox Ice Hockey Player
name = Terry Sawchuk
position = Goaltender
caught = Left
height_ft = 5
height_in = 11
weight_lb = 190
played_for = New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
nationality = Canada
birth_date = birth date|1929|12|28|mf=y
birth_place = Winnipeg, MB, CAN
death_date = death date and age|1970|5|31|1929|12|28
death_place = New York, NY, U.S.
career_start = 1949
career_end = 1970

image_size = 230px
nickname = Uke
halloffame = 1971

Terence Gordon Sawchuk (December 28, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaMay 31, 1970 in New York City, New York, United States) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

Playing career

During his career, Sawchuk won 501 games, 447 regular season and 54 playoff games, while recording 115 shutouts, 103 in the regular season and 12 in the playoffs [http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197103&type=Player&page=statsawards&list=#photo] . Terry Sawchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and played hockey on an outdoor rink. Nicknamed "Uke" because of his Ukrainian ancestry, Sawchuk began his professional career at age 17, winning rookie-of-the-year honors in the United States Hockey League. He won rookie-of-the-year honors again after being promoted to the Indianapolis Capitals of the American Hockey League. Called up to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League for the 1950–51 season, he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, making him the first player to win the rookie-of-the-year award in three different professional leagues. He also was voted onto the first All-Star team, the equivalent to today's Vezina Trophy, since the Vezina at that time was given to the goalie(s) with the lowest goals against average.

In 1952, Terry Sawchuk led the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in the minimum eight games of two best-of-seven series during which he recorded four shutouts and allowed only five goals. In each of his first five years in the NHL, he led the league in wins and was named to the All-Star team. In 1954–55, he was traded to the Boston Bruins where he had difficulty adjusting. During the 1956–57 season he retired from the game, succumbing to severe stress and a bout with mononucleosis. However, the following year he returned to play after being traded back to Detroit. In return, the Red Wings sent a young forward named Johnny Bucyk to Boston in what is arguably one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. Before the start of the 1964 season he was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs via the intraleague waiver draft, where he won another Vezina Trophy in 1964–65 and helped the Leafs win the 1966–67 Stanley Cup.

Sawchuk's ability to play despite painful injuries, a valuable asset in the days before goalies wore protective facemasks, was shown early in his life. A neglected injury he received while playing a friendly rugby match when he was 12 was discovered two years later to have been a broken arm that had healed poorly, leaving Sawchuk with one arm two inches shorter than the other. In his professional hockey career, Sawchuk played for more than a dozen years without a mask and received over 600 stitches to his face. However, he later wore a mask and valued its protective use.


He struggled with untreated depression, a condition that often affected his conduct. An alcohol-induced shoving match with his New York Rangers teammate Ron Stewart left Sawchuk with internal injuries that led to his death a few weeks later in New York. It is not clear whether this incident was horseplay or a fight, but an investigation into possible involuntary manslaughter charges was undertaken, and no charges were filed against Stewart. In any event, Sawchuk suffered a lacerated liver and clots had to be surgically removed, but a clot stopped Sawchuk's heart on May 31, 1970. He was only 40 years old. Sawchuk was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Pontiac, Michigan. Stewart was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident, but it remains a mystery to this day just what happened.


Terry Sawchuk finished his hockey career with 447 wins, a record that stood for thirty years, and his career record of 103 shutouts remains unsurpassed among NHL goaltenders. (George Hainsworth holds the record for total major league shutouts with 104, 94 of them in the NHL.) In 1971, Sawchuk was posthumously elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contribution to hockey in the United States. In 1997, the book "Shutout: The Legend of Terry Sawchuk" by sports author Brian Kendall, was published. Also, the book "Sawchuk: The troubles and triumphs of the World's Greatest Goalie" was published in 1998 by David Dupis, with participation by the Sawchuk family. In 2001, he was honored with his image on a Canadian postage stamp. His number 1 has been retired by the Detroit Red Wings. The Terry Sawchuk Arena in his hometown of Winnipeg is named in his honour.

Awards and achievements

*USHL Rookie of the Year (1948)
*AHL Rookie of the Year (1949)
*Calder Memorial Trophy Winner (1951)
*NHL First All-Star Team (1951, 1952, & 1953)
*NHL Second All-Star Team (1954, 1955, 1959, & 1963)
*Vezina Trophy Winner (1952, 1953, 1955, & 1965)
*Stanley Cup Championships (1952, 1954, 1955, & 1967)
*Lester Patrick Trophy Winner (1971)
*Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971
*Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1982
*In 1998, he was ranked number 9 on "The Hockey News"' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, the highest-ranking goaltender
*On March 6, 1994 the Detroit Red Wings retired his #1 jersey
*Selected to Manitoba's All-Century First All-Star Team
*Selected as Manitoba's Player of the Century
*“Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame


*NHL record - Career shut-out leader - 103
*NHL record - Career ties leader - 172

Career statistics

Regular season


ee also

* List of ice hockey players who died during their playing career
* All-time regular season NHL shutouts
* Shutout
* Goaltender

External links

* [http://www.cshof.ca/hm_profile.php?i=231 Terry Sawchuk's biography] at [http://www.cshof.ca/index.php Canadian Sports Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.halloffame.mb.ca/honoured/1982/tSawchuk.htm Terry Sawchuk’s biography] at [http://www.halloffame.mb.ca/ Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum]
* [http://www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca/honoured/players.html?category=7&id=27 Terry Sawchuk's biography] at [http://www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca/index.html Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.hhof.com/html/exSCJ05_20.shtml Picture of Terry Sawchuk's Name on the 1952 and 1954 Stanley Cup Plaques]
* http://redwingslegends.blogspot.com/2006/11/terry-sawchuk.html

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