Originally drafted by the Bruins in the 1964 NHL Amateur Draft and immediately traded to the Canadiens, Dryden deferred his professional playing career to complete his bachelor's degree at Cornell. He made his NHL debut in 1971 for the Canadiens. Dryden played only six regular-season games after a late-season call-up but sporting a minuscule 1.65 goals-against average.
This earned him the number 1 goalie job for the playoffs ahead of veteran All-Star Rogie Vachon, and the Canadiens rode their hot young goalie to win the Stanley Cup. He then became the backbone of 5 more Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. During that first playoff season, Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy (1971), as the playoffs' most valuable player. The following year Dryden won the Calder Trophy, 1972, as the Rookie of the year because the previous year he did not play enough regular season games to become eligible. He remains the only NHL player to ever win the Conn Smythe Trophy before winning the rookie of the year award.
In the autumn of 1972 Dryden played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet national ice hockey team. Dryden played from 1971 to 1979, except for the 197374 season, when he was unhappy about the contract that the Canadiens offered him, which he considered less than his market worth, given that he had won the Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy. He then skipped training camp and held out that season, incurring the wrath of Canadiens General Manager Sam Pollock whose previous stars had usually signed for the amount that he had offered. The Canadiens still had a good season, going 45-24-9, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Rangers in six games. The Canadiens allowed 56 more goals in the 197374 season than they had the year before with Dryden.
Dryden used that year to fulfill the requirements for his law degree at McGill and article for a law firm. He retired following the 1978-79 season at age 31. Compared to most other goaltending greats (and Hockey Hall of Fame players), Dryden's NHL career was extremely short: just over seven full seasons. Therefore, statistically he did not amass record totals in most categories.
As he played all his years with a dynasty and retired before he could pass his prime, his statistical percentages are unparalleled. His regular season totals include a. 790 winning percentage, a 2.24 goals against average, and, most incredibly, winning 258 games and losing only 57 games while recording 46 shutouts in just 397 NHL games. He won the Vezina Trophy five times as the top goaltender in the NHL and in the same years was selected as a First Team All-Star.
Despite the comparative brevity of his career, in 1998, he was ranked number 25 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. One of his nicknames was the "four-story goalie".
Dryden was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, his first year of eligibility. His #29 was retired by the Canadiens on January 29, 2007. Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1971. Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1972. Vezina Trophy winner in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979.Stanley Cup champion in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979. Played in 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 NHL All-Star Games. Selected to NHL First All-Star Team in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979.
Selected to NHL Second All-Star Team in 1972. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1998, he was ranked number 25 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. His number 29 was retired by the Montreal Canadiens on January 29, 2007. This stunning and captivating signature jersey from Ken Dryden is a true treasure in every sense!
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