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Goalie Issue 2023

Goalie Issue 2023

In our 2023 Goalie Issue, we've got you covered post-to-post with features on the state of NHL goaltending and what records have become unreachable, plus player profiles on Adin Hill, Alexandar Georgiev, Joonas Korpisalo, Spencer Knight, Filip Gustavsson and many more. In our cover story, we build the perfect goalie using the top traits of today's best keepers. In addition, we rank the best crease duos across the NHL and name the top goalie of all-time for every franchise.

Publisher’s Note

THE DEFINITION OF LEADERSHIP

NIKITA ZADOROV, THE RUSSIAN native and 6-foot-6, 250-pound defenseman for the Calgary Flames, is the definition of a courageous leader because he is willing to stand up for what he believes in. For parents out there trying to teach their children positive character traits from an early age, I think encouraging them to always stand up for what they believe in is the right thing to do, a la Zadorov. Zadorov came out against his native country’s invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022. The mere fact he took a public stand that was very unpopular in his home country, to the point where he could now be sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, is quite remarkable. If you have never travelled outside of Canada or the U.S. in your life,…

Spencer Knight

BRING IT ON

EVERY MONDAY night through the spring and summer, Spencer Knight would leave his parents’ home in the sleepy beach town of Darien, Conn., and jump on the I-90 East for the 173.2-mile drive to Boston. The three-hour trip would take him past Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, then through Springfield and Worcester before he’d arrive at Gasson Hall on the campus of Boston College, where he’d join 20 other students for a weekly lecture in a course called Business Planning for New Ventures. That allowed him to graduate on time with BC’s Class of 2023, with a Bachelor of Arts in corporate systems tucked under his arm. “It was really cool,” Knight said. “I wasn’t sitting under a rock the whole time. I forced myself to not hide. I wanted…

QMJHL

HOLDING THE FORT

WHEN QUENTIN MILLER earned a spot on the Quebec Remparts last year, the perspective of what he was about to gain as both a player and a person didn’t go unnoticed. “I was pretty lucky to join a team with so much experience and talent,” Miller said. “I had so much to learn and was grateful to be able to do that with the group I had around me. I had a pretty good season but was happy for the support I had.” It was a “pretty good” season, all right. The Remparts captured the QMJHL regular-season title, then the inaugural Gilles-Courteau Trophy – the city’s first ‘Q’ playoff title in 47 years. To cap it all off, the star-studded squad flew out to Kamloops, B.C., and skated away with the…

NHL

CENTRAL DIVISION

On wins, the nod goes to Ilya Bryzgalov, but no netminder has done more for the franchise than MIKE SMITH. Across his six seasons in Arizona, Smith was among the most steady No. 1s in the league, and his 2011-12 season alone puts him atop the heap of Arizona Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets keepers. Smith almost singlehandedly dragged the Desert Dogs to the Western Conference final, and he even turned in a .936 save percentage in that series despite falling in five games to the eventual-champion L.A. Kings. Tony Esposito may have the games-played, wins and shutout records in Chicago, but no netminder in Blackhawks history – or league history, for that matter – can match the reliability and consistency of GLENN HALL. ‘Mr. Goalie’ played 502 consecutive games, 363 of those in…