Glenn Henry "Mr. Goalie" Hall - Born October 3, 1931 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan is a former professional ice Hockey goaltender.
Hall started playing for his hometown Humboldt Indians in 1947, and was signed by the Detroit Red Wings after attending a tryout camp in Saskatoon. The Wings sent the 18-year old to Windsor, Ontario to play junior with their affiliate, the Spitfires. Graduating through the ranks, Hall played with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL in 1951-52 and three seasons with the WHL Edmonton Flyers.
During the 1952 playoffs he was called up from the minors to be the backup goalie in the finals, but did not play for Detroit. Detroit still put Hall's name on the Stanley Cup, before he had ever played his first NHL game.
Hall finally made the Red Wings' lineup as their starting goalie in the 1955–56 season, displacing Terry Sawchuk who had been traded to Boston. Hall played in every game of his first full season with the Red Wings, recording twelve shutouts, and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.
After three excellent seasons in Detroit, including both First and Second All-Star Team selections, the Hockey world was stunned during the summer of 1957 when Glenn Hall and fiery all-star Ted Lindsay were sent to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for Hank Bassen, Forbes Kennedy, Bill Preston and Johnny Wilson. "I loved the Detroit organization. They were really good to me. They were good to all of us, except they didn't pay us any money, but we all knew that," Hall admits. "Ted Lindsay had tried to start the Players' Association and they were trying to break it up so they traded Ted. They threw me in (in the trade) because they didn't think I'd ever be a goalkeeper. I didn't have a great playoff and the general manager, Jack Adams, and I differed on a few points. Teddy and I went to Chicago and it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me."
Hall continued his stellar play in the Windy City, playing every regular-season game as well as every playoff game. In 1961, Hall backstopped the Black Hawks to their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1938 over Detroit. On November 8, 1962, the record streak finally came to an end against the Boston Bruins, as Hall had back problems. Denis DeJordy replaced him during the game. Hall managed to play 502 consecutive complete games, which spanned eight seasons, an NHL record for goaltenders that is unlikely to ever be broken.
Chicago was a nice fit for Glenn, and during his 10 years as a Black Hawk, Hall was named to the First All-Star Team five times and to the Second Team on three occasions. In 1963, Glenn was rewarded with the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender. By 1966-67, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltending team with the best goals against average, and Hall shared the award that season with partner Denis DeJordy.
Despite winning the Vezina Trophy in 1967, Hall was left unprotected for that summer's NHL expansion draft. The 36-year-old veteran was chosen by the St. Louis Blues. The Blues, one of six expansion franchises in their first year in the league, stocked themselves with veteran talent including Red Berenson and Phil Goyette, and won the Western Division playoffs in two seven-game series. Hall's play led them all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. Most hockey fans expected an utter rout when the established Canadiens faced the 1st-year expansion Blues. But this was Hall's fourth trip to the finals, and his goaltending was the most outstanding contribution to the surprisingly good performance of the Blues against the Montreal Canadiens. The Blues lost the best-of-seven series getting swept 4–0, but in 4 exciting 1-goal games (3–2 (OT), 1–0. 4–3 (OT), and 3–2). Hall's remarkable play was recognized by the award to him of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' Most Valuable Player, an award rarely going to a player from a losing team.
That season, Hall was also named to the NHL's First All-Star Team for an extraordinary seventh time. "That's one of the things I'm really proud of. I made the First All-Star Team on three different teams. I don't think anybody else has done that in any other sport, so I feel pretty good about that," beams the modest Hall.
In 1968, veteran goaltending legend Jacques Plante joined the Blues, sharing duties with Hall. The two put together a fine season in 1968-69, winning the Vezina Trophy, and setting a then-Blues' record of 13 shutouts.
Hall retired after the 1968–69 season, but came out of retirement to play 18 games in the 1969–70 season, and the playoffs. St. Louis met the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final, where one of the most famous goals of all time was scored, as Bobby Orr scored in overtime against Glenn Hall to win the Stanley Cup for Boston.
Hall's career ended after the 1970–71 season when he announced his retirement at the age of 40.
Throughout his extraordinary career, Glenn Hall provided two constants. One was that you would get a competitive game every time Hall skated out onto the ice. But the second has become legend. "I simply felt I played better when I got sick before a game. I really did. I felt I was ready; I was up for the game and I was gung ho. Quite often, between periods, I was the same way. I don't think it hurt me and I hope it never bothered my teammates. The way I looked at it was, 'Holy crow, let's get serious guys. We've got to go to work.' The game is only intended to be played one way and that's at the very best of your ability, and I played better when I got sick."
Glenn Hall is also renowned as the grandfather of the butterfly goalie. He was the first goalie to practice and perfect the now common butterfly stance, as he'd fall on knees, spread his legs to take away the bottom corners and five-hole and let his rapier-like arm reflexes take care of the top corners. Glenn would meet the shot with his feet wide but his knees close together to form an inverted Y. Instead of throwing his whole body to the ice in crises, he would go down momentarily to his knees, then bounce back to his feet, able to go in any direction. Practically every goalie in Hockey today relies on the strategies he perfected.
During his 18-year NHL career, which began in 1952 and ended in 1971, Glenn posted a 407-327-163 record, 2.51 goals-against-average and recorded 84 shutouts. He was a First Team All-Star seven times, won three Vezina Trophies, was voted the league's top rookie in 1955-56 and was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy in a losing cause in 1968.
Glenn Hall was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
- Calder Memorial Trophy Winner in 1956.
- Played in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969 NHL All-Star Games.
- Selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1969.
- Selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1956, 1961, and 1962.
- Vezina Trophy Winner in 1963, 1967, and 1969.
- Conn Smythe Trophy Winner in 1968.
- Stanley Cup Championship in 1952*, 1961, and 1989 as Calgary Flames goaltender coach.
- Holds NHL record for most consecutive games started by a goaltender with 502 games.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
- In 1998, he was ranked number 16 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.