Ed Giacomin

Eddie Giacomin
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1987
Born (1939-06-06) June 6, 1939 (age 79)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1959–1978

Edward "Ed" Giacomin (born June 6, 1939) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League, as well as for the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[]

Giacomin began his professional career with brief stints with the Eastern Hockey League's legendary Clinton Comets in 1958-59 and 1959-60. Despite suffering serious burns in a kitchen accident,[1] Giacomin made the roster of the Providence Reds in the 1960–61 season. In the Original Six days of the 1960s, with only six starting goaltending jobs in the NHL, positions were hard to obtain, and Giacomin starred for the Reds for five full seasons.

NHL teams, particularly the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers, began to express interest in Giacomin.[1] New York traded three players and starting goaltender Marcel Paille to the Reds for Giacomin in 1965. He was impressive in his first month with the Rangers, but faltered thereafter, and lost the starting job. The following season he improved markedly; he led the NHL in shutouts and backstopped the Rangers to their second playoff berth in nine seasons.

A classic stand-up goaltender and a skilled stickhandler known for leaving the crease to play the puck, Giacomin was the Rangers' starting goaltender for the next nine seasons. He led the league in games played for four straight years from 1967 to 1970 and in shutouts in 1967, 1968 and 1971. In 1971 he shared the Vezina Trophy with teammate Gilles Villemure. Typical of his competitive nature, in a game in the 1971 playoffs against Chicago, when Bobby Hull skated over the back of his hand, Giacomin continued to play, and when the Rangers won the game, even the Black Hawks used the word "guts" to describe his determination. The Rangers went on to meet the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals in 1972, losing in a hard-fought six game series.

Giacomin's effectiveness was reduced in 1975 by injuries. The following season, the Rangers got off to their worst start in ten years (they would miss the playoffs for the first time in a decade) and began to get rid of their high-salaried veterans, Giacomin among them. Many fans were angry when he was put on waivers and claimed by the Detroit Red Wings on October 29, 1975 as the result of a youth movement that resulted in John Davidson taking over in goal.[1] The Red Wings' next game was in New York on November 2, and when Giacomin appeared on the ice in a Red Wing jersey, fans gave him a long standing ovation and cheered for him throughout the game.[1] Rangers fans booed their own team when they took shots or scored on Giacomin, and chanted Giacomin's name throughout the match, which he won for the Red Wings. The evening was voted one of the 50 greatest moments in MSG history.[2]

He played three respectable seasons for Detroit before a youth movement took over. He retired on January 17, 1978, with a career record of 289-208-97 and a 2.82 GAA.

Retirement[]

Giacomin spent the 1979 season as a broadcaster for the New York Islanders, who were beaten in the playoffs by the rival Rangers that spring. Giacomin later served with the Islanders and the Red Wings as an assistant coach and two stints with the Rangers as a goaltending coach.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987. His jersey number 1 was the second number retired by the Rangers, on March 15, 1989, joining Rod Gilbert's.[1]

Achievements and facts[]

Career statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1957–58 Commack Comets NBHL
1958–59 Sudbury Bell Telephone NBHL
1958–59 Washington Presidents EHL 4 4 0 0 240 13 0 3.25
1959–60 Clinton Comets EHL 8 3.28
1959–60 New York Rovers EHL 32 4.31
1959–60 Montréal Royals EPHL 1
1959–60 Providence Reds AHL 1 1 0 0 60 4 0 4.00
1960–61 Providence Reds AHL 43 17 24 0 2510 183 0 4.37
1960–61 New York Rovers EHL 12 2 10 0 720 54 0 4.50
1961–62 Providence Reds AHL 40 20 19 1 2400 144 2 3.60
1962–63 Providence Reds AHL 39 22 14 2 2340 102 4 2.62 6 2 4 359 31 0 5.18
1963–64 Providence Reds AHL 69 30 34 5 4140 232 6 3.37 3 1 2 120 12 0 6.00
1964–65 Providence Reds AHL 59 19 38 2 3527 226 0 3.84
1965–66 New York Rangers NHL 35 8 20 6 2036 125 0 3.68 .874
1965–66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 7 3 4 0 420 21 0 3.00
1966–67 New York Rangers NHL 68 30 27 11 3981 173 9 2.61 .917 4 0 4 246 14 0 3.41 .896
1967–68 New York Rangers NHL 66 36 20 10 3940 160 8 2.44 .915 6 2 4 360 18 0 3.00 .909
1968–69 New York Rangers NHL 70 37 23 7 4114 175 7 2.55 .912 3 0 3 180 10 0 3.33 .853
1969–70 New York Rangers NHL 70 35 21 14 4148 163 6 2.36 .916 5 2 3 280 19 0 4.07 .858
1970–71 New York Rangers NHL 45 27 10 7 2641 95 8 2.16 .922 12 7 5 759 28 0 2.21 .913
1971–72 New York Rangers NHL 44 24 10 9 2551 115 1 2.70 .900 10 6 4 600 27 0 2.70 .902
1972–73 New York Rangers NHL 43 26 11 6 2580 125 4 2.91 .899 10 5 4 539 23 1 2.56 .903
1973–74 New York Rangers NHL 56 30 15 10 3286 168 5 3.07 .890 13 7 6 788 37 0 2.82 .895
1974–75 New York Rangers NHL 37 13 12 8 2069 120 1 3.48 .870 2 0 2 86 4 0 2.79 .889
1975–76 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 3 1 240 19 0 4.75 .806
1975–76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 12 14 3 1740 100 2 3.45 .890
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 8 18 3 1791 107 3 3.58 .871
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 3 5 1 516 27 0 3.14 .893
AHL totals 258 112 133 10 15,397 912 12 3.55 9 3 6 479 43 0 5.39
NHL totals 609 289 209 96 35,633 1672 54 2.82 .902 65 29 35 3838 180 1 2.81 .897

"Giacomin's stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved 2017-08-07.

References[]

  1. ^ a b c d e Sexton, Joe (14 March 1989). "A Permanent Home for No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ ""GREAT MSG MOMENTS: Eddie Giacomin returns to MSG as a Red Wing - 11/02/1975"". msg50.com. Madison Square Garden. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tony Esposito
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Gilles Villemure

1971
Succeeded by
Tony Esposito
and Gary Smith