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November 26, 1972 |
Peace River, AB
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||54th overall, 1991
Detroit Red Wings
Christopher John Osgood (born November 26, 1972) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He's currently ranked tenth in wins in NHL regular season history with 401 career wins. He spent the first part of his 17-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, then the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues before returning to Detroit in 2005. He won three Stanley Cup championships in his career, all with the Red Wings, with two of them coming while he was starting goaltender. He was known in Detroit by his nicknames "Ozzie," chanted by the crowd after a big save, and "The Wizard of Oz."
He was the last NHL goalie to wear a traditional player's helmet/cage combo instead of the newer one piece goalie mask as he was grandfathered by the NHL, until Rick DiPietro briefly wore one in 2011 with a cage that Osgood actually used to wear, after DiPietro was injured in a fight with Brent Johnson. He is also one of only ten goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent's net (not an "own goal"), on March 6, 1996 vs. the Hartford Whalers.
Playing career 
Rookie year 
Osgood became the fourth goaltender to man the crease for Detroit that season alongside Tim Cheveldae, Vincent Riendeau, and Peter Ing. Cheveldae, the team's primary starter and a former All-Star, along with Dallas Drake, was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for veteran goaltender Bob Essensa and defenceman Sergei Bautin. Essensa did not have a strong showing in a 13-game stint at the end of the regular season, and Osgood was named the primary goaltender for the playoffs. The heavily favored Red Wings were defeated in seven games by the San Jose Sharks. The most memorable scene of the series occurred in the deciding game. With the game tied 3–3 late in the third period, Osgood went to clear a puck around the boards, but it landed on Sharks forward Jamie Baker’s stick who then scored the winning goal. Overtaken by remorse at his untimely mistake, the young goaltender wept at his stall following the game.
Following the season, Detroit management felt that the team needed a strong veteran goaltender with Stanley Cup playoff experience. In the summer of 1994, the Red Wings traded defenceman Steve Chiasson to the Calgary Flames for goaltender Mike Vernon, who had previously helped the Flames to the Stanley Cup title in 1989.
Initial Detroit success 
While the 1994–1995 season started late due to a lockout, Osgood served as a backup goaltender for Mike Vernon for the season. The Wings reached the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals that season, where they were swept in four games by the underdog New Jersey Devils. Osgood received significantly more playing time for the 1995–1996 season, and he led the NHL with a 2.17 GAA and 39 wins. He also finished third in shutouts (5) and was a Vezina Trophy runner-up to Jim Carey. Osgood and Vernon shared the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders allowing the fewest goals in the league. For his efforts Osgood was selected to the NHL All-Star Game and was also named to the post-season NHL All-Star Second Team.
That season, he scored against the Hartford Whalers, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to score a goal, after Ron Hextall. Former Islanders goaltender Billy Smith was also credited with a goal as the player last touching the puck, but only Osgood and Hextall directly shot the puck in.
The next season, Osgood and Vernon shared starting goaltender duties in the regular season, but when the playoffs started, virtually all the playing time went to Vernon, who ended up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. In the end, Osgood had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup as the Red Wings swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.
After the Cup win in 1997, Vernon was traded to the San Jose Sharks, which made Osgood Detroit's number-one goaltender. Again, the Red Wings were able to advance to the Stanley Cup finals and defeated the Washington Capitals in another four game sweep to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
Islander years 
In the summer of 2001, the Red Wings acquired goaltender Dominik Hašek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner, from the Buffalo Sabres. After numerous attempts to trade Osgood, the Red Wings left him unprotected in the waiver draft, and he was acquired by the Islanders on September 28, 2001.
Osgood split playing time with Garth Snow for the 2001–2002 season and helped the Islanders to a playoff berth where they lost a seven game series to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Osgood split time with both Snow and Rick DiPietro for the 2002–2003 season before being traded to the St. Louis Blues on March 11, 2003, along with a third round pick in the 2003 NHL draft (which would be Konstantin Barulin) for Justin Papineau and a second round pick in the 2003 draft (Jeremy Colliton).
Stint in St. Louis 
For the remainder of the 2002–2003 season and the entire 2003–2004 season, Osgood remained the primary goaltender for the St. Louis Blues. Although Osgood posted winning records for both seasons, the Blues did not advance past the playoff quarterfinals, losing to the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, respectively. Osgood's contract was not renewed by St. Louis before the expiration of the Collective bargaining Agreement, and he became a free agent.
Return to Detroit 
On August 8, 2005, Detroit brought Osgood back with a two-year, $800,000 USD contract. He was initially set to compete for the starting job with Manny Legace, but suffered a groin tear and did not play when the season started. Osgood was assigned to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. After posting a 2–1 record in three games, Osgood returned to Detroit to work in a goaltending tandem with Legace again.
Osgood also worked with rookie goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald while Legacé recovered from knee injuries in late 2005. During the 2005–06 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Osgood injured his groin preparing for Game 4 of the Conference Quarterfinals against the Edmonton Oilers. Osgood missed the remainder of the series, and the Red Wings post-season was over after 6 games against the Oilers.
On July 1, 2006, Osgood re-signed with the Red Wings to a two-year, $1.8 million USD contract. He then shared goaltending duties with Hašek, who also returned for another stint with the Red Wings. Though Hašek was expected to get slightly more playing time than Osgood throughout the regular season, it was expected that the goaltending tandem would have shared most of the playing time, with MacDonald expected to be their backup. However, Osgood suffered a fractured hand in practice, placing him on the injured reserve while MacDonald stepped up as the number 2 goaltender in Osgood's absence.
Osgood returned to playing by the end of December. Due to Osgood's injuries and the aging Hašek's ability to remain healthy throughout the season, Osgood ended up assuming the backup role for Hašek as opposed to sharing playing time.
The 2007–08 season served as a return to form for Osgood. Osgood and Hašek remained Detroit's goaltending tandem for the 2007–08 season. While Osgood was expected to be the backup goaltender, Hašek struggled at the beginning of the season and subsequently became injured. Osgood assumed the starting role while Hašek was injured and put up superior numbers. As of April 30, 2008, Osgood ranked 1st in the NHL in GAA with 2.09 during the regular season, ranked 16th in Save Percentage with 0.914 and has an impressive 27–9–4 record. That performance earned him both a 3 year/$4.5M contract extension with the Red Wings and an appearance at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. With Hašek healthy and getting back into his stride, Detroit chose to alternate goaltenders instead of designating either goaltender as the backup.
2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs 
After Hasek performed poorly in Games 3 and 4 of their 2008 first round series with the Nashville Predators, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock decided to pull him in favor of Osgood midway through Game 4 and named him the starter for game 5 of the series. With Osgood in goal, the Red Wings won their next nine playoff games in a row, defeating the Predators and sweeping the Colorado Avalanche as well as dealing the Dallas Stars a three-game deficit. Though the Stars battled back, winning their next two games, Osgood shone in game 6, stopping all but one shot in a game riddled with Red Wings penalties, sending them to the Stanley Cup Finals to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins. In games one and two of the Stanley Cup finals, Osgood had back-to-back shutouts, making him the fourth goalie in NHL history to start the Finals with back-to-back shutouts. Between the two games, he made a total of 41 saves. His save as time expired in Game Six sealed the Stanley Cup win for the Red Wings and for Osgood, who won his second championship as a starting goaltender. His final 2008 playoff record was 14–4 with a 1.55 GAA; he was considered a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy which eventually went to Henrik Zetterberg.
Aftermath of the Stanley Cup 
The following 2008–09 season was a sharp contrast to the 2008 playoffs for Osgood, who struggled heavily for virtually the entire season, and ended it with the worst statistical numbers of his entire career. "It was the worst I've played in that long of a stretch in my career," he said. "Let's be honest.". A combination of injuries and self-inflicted mental pressure adversely affected his game, to the point where late in the season he was essentially "sent home" for ten days by the Red Wings, in order for him to work with goaltending coach Jim Bedard and re-focus. Although his 26 wins put him 10th all-time in the NHL by season's end, he finished with a GAA a full goal above what he had posted in 2007–08, and a save percentage in the bottom ten percent of all 45 goalies who played enough to qualify.
Despite being visibly outplayed in nearly every aspect by Ty Conklin, whom he credited for not allowing the goaltending situation to become much worse than it was, Osgood's immense playoff experience was referred to throughout the season, and as the unquestioned starting goaltender in the 2009 playoffs he played nearly every minute of 23 games, finishing with a 15–8 record. His drastically improved performance led to speculation that he was Detroit's leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy in the event of a Red Wings victory in the Stanley Cup Finals, however in the end, Detroit was defeated in a rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.
The following season, Osgood's regular season play continued to struggle. Eventually losing his position as Detroit's starting goaltender to rookie Jimmy Howard, Osgood finished the 2009–10 season season having played only 23 games (most of these at the beginning of the season) and posting a 3.02 GAA and .888 save percentage.
On Monday December 27, 2010, in a game against the Colorado Avalanche in the Pepsi Center, Chris Osgood earned his 400th career victory. He became just the 10th goaltender in NHL history to reach this milestone. The Red Wings won the game 4–3 in overtime on a goal by Niklas Kronwall.  On July 19, 2011, Osgood announced his retirement from ice hockey, but will remain with the Wings organization. Osgood accepted a job helping with the development of its young goalies.
Awards and achievements 
- Member of the Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings – 1997, 1998, 2008 (starting goaltender in 1998 and 2008)
- 2 time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (shared with Mike Vernon – 1996), (shared with Dominik Hasek – 2008)
- Is currently 10th all-time in wins by an NHL goaltender
- Played in
- Named to the 1997 NHL All-Star Game but was unable to attend because of an injury.
- Named to NHL Second All-Star Team after 1995–96 season
- Named to WHL East Second All-Star Team after 1990–91 season
- Led NHL in GAA in 2008 (regular season 2.09 & playoffs 1.55)
- Led NHL in Wins in 1996
- Scored a goal vs. Hartford Whalers, March 6, 1996.
- First goaltender since Terry Sawchuk to win Stanley Cups ten years or more apart as a starter (Sawchuk in 1955 and 1967)
- Became only the 10th goaltender in NHL history to achieve 400 wins on Dec 27th 2010 in a 4–3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche
- 4th all time NHL leader in win percentage (53.9%)
- 7th best Goals Against Average (career) of all time (2.49)
Career statistics 
|1989–90||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||57||24||28||2||—||3,094||228||0||4.42||—||3||0||3||173||17||0||5.89|
|1990–91||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||46||23||18||3||—||2,630||173||2||3.95||—||12||7||5||712||42||0||3.53||—|
|1991–92||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||15||10||3||0||—||819||44||0||3.22||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||16||3||10||1||—||890||60||1||4.04||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||45||19||19||4||—||2,438||159||0||3.91||—||1||0||1||59||2||0||2.03||—|
|1993–94||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||4||3||1||0||—||239||13||0||3.26||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||41||23||8||5||—||2,206||105||2||2.86||.895||6||3||2||307||12||1||2.35||.891|
|1994–95||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||2||1||1||0||—||120||6||0||3.00||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||19||14||5||0||—||1,087||41||1||2.26||.917||2||0||0||68||2||0||1.76||.920|
|1995–96||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||50||39||6||5||—||2,933||106||5||2.17||.911||15||8||7||936||33||2||2.12||.898|
|1996–97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||47||23||13||9||—||2,769||106||6||2.30||.910||2||0||0||47||2||0||2.55||.905|
|1997–98||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||64||33||20||11||—||3,807||140||6||2.21||.913||22||16||6||1,381||48||2||2.12||.918|
|1998–99||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||34||25||4||—||3,691||149||3||2.42||.910||6||4||2||358||14||1||2.35||.919|
|1999–00||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||53||30||14||8||—||3,148||126||6||2.40||.907||9||5||4||547||18||2||1.97||.924|
|2000–01||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||52||25||19||4||—||2,834||127||1||2.69||.903||6||2||4||365||15||1||2.47||.905|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||66||32||25||6||—||3,743||156||4||2.50||.910||7||3||4||392||17||0||2.60||.912|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||37||17||14||4||—||1,993||97||2||2.92||.894||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||9||4||3||2||—||532||27||2||3.05||.888||7||3||4||417||17||1||2.45||.907|
|2003–04||St. Louis Blues||NHL||67||31||25||8||—||3,861||144||3||2.24||.910||5||1||4||287||12||0||2.51||.890|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||3||2||1||—||0||180||10||0||3.33||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||32||20||6||—||5||1,846||85||2||2.76||.897||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||21||11||3||—||6||1,161||46||0||2.38||.907||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||43||27||9||—||4||2,409||84||4||2.09||.914||19||14||4||1,159||30||3||1.55||.930|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||46||26||9||—||8||2,663||137||2||3.09||.887||23||15||8||1,406||47||2||2.01||.926|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||23||7||9||—||4||1,252||63||1||3.02||.888||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||11||5||3||—||2||629||29||0||2.77||.903||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Pregame rituals 
Before each Red Wings game broadcast on FS Detroit, Osgood would do some stretches behind play by play announcer Ken Daniels, as Daniels was doing either pregame commentary or player interviews for the Red Wings Live pregame.
See also 
- List of goaltenders who have scored a goal in an NHL game
- List of NHL goaltenders with 300 wins
- List of Detroit Red Wings draft picks
- List of Detroit Red Wings records
- USA Today. September 29, 2009 http://www.usatoday.com/community/profile.htm?UID=7f199720956b03f0&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog:7f199720956b03f0Post:0d2de6ac-3374-4a99-9b73-8d958fc8d705
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- "Osgood by the numbers". Fox News. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Brehm, Mike (19 July 2011). "Red Wings' Chris Osgood announces his retirement". USA Today. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Chris Osgood's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Chris Osgood's player profile at NHL.com
- Chris Osgood's player profile at TSN.ca
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
(fewest goals against)
(with Mike Vernon)
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
(fewest goals against)
(with Dominik Hasek)