Over the course of its history, just as there has been all-time great skaters to never win a Stanley Cup, there has been numerous all-time great goalies who never won a Stanley Cup.
Here are my top five goalies who never won a Stanley Cup.
5. Olaf Kolzig:
Playing all but one season of his career with the Washington Capitals, Kolzig still to this day holds pretty much any goalie record for the Washington franchise.
Playing a total of 719 games, Kolzig won a total of 303 games and held a goals against average of 2.71 goals against per game, and a save percentage of .906%.
The two time All-Star also was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2000 as the league’s goalie of the year.
4. Ryan Miller:
Playing a total of 737 games, Ryan Miller won 370 games and held a goals against average of 2.60 goals against per game, and a save percentage of .915%.
The American born goalie also was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2010 as a Buffalo Sabre and also played in the All-Star Game in 2007.
During the Sabres’ trips to the playoffs from 2006 to 2010, Miller was the back bone to the team and helped the Sabres make appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals but never was able to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
3. Miikka Kiprusoff:
Coming over from Finland to play in the NHL, Miikka Kiprusoff would play a total of 623 games, winning 319 of them.
Kiprusoff also held a 2.49 goals against average, and a save percentage of .912%.
The Flames star also was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2006, along with the Jennings Trophy was least goals allowed.
Kiprusoff would come within one win of a Stanley Cup Championship with Calgary when they were defeated by Tampa Bay in 2004.
2. Curtis Joseph:
Playing a total of 943 games, “CuJo” won a total of 454 games, while holding a .906 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average.
Although the three time All-Star was never awarded a Vezina or Jennings Trophy, there is no discussion on Joseph’s contribution to the Maple Leafs chances of winning a Stanley Cup in the early 2000s.
In my opinion, the greatest goalie of all-time could have been in the net and Toronto was still not winning a Stanley Cup, it is arguable to say that without “CuJo”, the Maple Leafs do not even appear the Playoffs those years.
1. Ron Hextall:
Goaltending for Philadelphia in the mid to late 1980s, Ron Hextall would get as close as it gets to winning the Stanley Cup.
Hextall was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the Playoffs in 1987 as a member of the losing Philadelphia Flyers as the Edmonton Oilers captured their third Stanley Cup in four years.
Even more impressive, Hextall was a rookie in 1987 as he was also awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie.
The Flyer’s goalie would play a total of 608 games, winning 296, while earning a save percentage of .895% percent, and a goals against average of 2.98.
Although Hextall’s stats are not the best of this list, it must be taken into consideration that much of his career took place during a time period of high scoring where the average amount of goals per game scored was over three per team.
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