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Trivia 6 – Rookie Cup Winners

by | Feb 14, 2011

Which four rookie goaltenders have led their teams to Stanley Cup Championships?

Carolina Goalie Cam Ward

Carolina Goalie Cam Ward became the third rookie goalie to lead his team to a Stanley Cup Championship. Photo by Scott Slingsby.

Ken Dryden played only six regular season games in 1970-71 for Montreal but led he team to a Cup Championship that season. It wasn’t until the following year in 71-72 that Dryden won the Calder as top rookie in the NHL.

Patrick Roy nn 1985-86 led Montreal to an unexpected Stanley cup and emerged as the youngest winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy at only 20 years of age. While still a rookie that season, Roy actually got his first taste of NHL action the previous year playing 20-minutes of shutout hockey to earn his first win.

Cam Ward led Carolina to its only Cup Championship in 2005-2006 as a rookie and, like Roy, took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Antti Niemi last season led Chicago to the Cup Championship, becoming the first rookie goaltender to record 16 playoff victories. Interestingly, despite all the well-deserved accolades given Finnish goaltending of late, Niemi is the first to win the Cup and only the third to appear in the Cup Finals – who are the other two?


Ron Hextall deserves an honorable mention here. In 1986-87 Hextall tied Roy’s rookie record with 15 playoff wins and took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, although his team, the Philadelphia Flyers, lost the cup final to Edmonton in a seven game series.

10 Comments

  1. Bravefrhund

    Neimi was not a rookie due to his age.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26377
    Rookie Qualifications
    To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.

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  2. john

    your not to smart you dumb idiots you forgot Matt Murray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • David Hutchison

      John, we’d prefer to keep things friendly on here…not calling guys “dumb idiots.” The post you are commenting on was written in 2011…Murray was playing in the OHL then. 🙂

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  3. Brian

    So no goalie has ever won two Staley Cups during his rookie season?

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    • Brent

      Only Matt Murray has won the Stanley Cup twice as a rookie

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  4. Michel Beauchamp

    Ken Dryden won the Cup and the smythe before he won the Calder.

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  5. Michel Beauchamp

    Ken Dryden won the Cup and the Smythe before he won the Calder. And he won the Cup 6 times during an 8-year career.

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    • Pensagainbb

      I could have won those cups with that team in front and I’ve never played in net on ice!

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  6. Dwayne

    Has any player or goalie won the cup in the first three years of playing in the nhl

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  7. Darren

    Let’s add Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues 2019 🙂

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