I know it's a little hard to see, but this is a list of every goalie to ever play a game for the Canucks. It's taken from a Sporcle quiz I did (go give it a try!) and is listed in order of all-time wins (can't believe I forgot Felix Potvin!). Following vancitydan's post about the Vancouver goalie graveyard, there are a lot of mediocre to poor goaltenders on the list and some pathetic statistics:
- Alex Auld is our 7th winningiest goalie of all-time. With 39 wins.
Cory Schneider would already sit tied with Peter Skudra for 19th with 19 wins if this quiz was up to date. That's the same number of wins as Kevin Weekes, Sean Burke, Johan Hedberg, and Jason Labarbera had combined for the Canucks. Some of those goalies were acquired to be our starter.
- Mika Noronen was once considered to have a future with this organization.
Oh yeah, nestled right near the top is our much maligned starting goalie Roberto Luongo. With 154, now 194, wins. He will almost certainly move into the #1 spot this season ahead of Canucks legend Kirk Mclean. He is far and away the best goaltender the Canucks have ever had. And we should take a minute to remember that and be grateful every once in a while
When you look at this list, you realize how lucky the Canucks are to finally have some stability between the pipes. Yes, Luongo is prone to some spotty play. But if you watch this team game in and game out, like many do here on this blog, you recognize how many brilliant stops he makes and how much of a difference maker he is for this team.
We are lucky to have Luongo. Let's hope this year he proves that to the rest of Canucks Nation and shuts the hater up.