Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award
|Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award|
|Established||1999–2000 NHL season|
|Disestablished||2006-2007 NHL season|
|Awarded to the||goaltender who has played a minimum of 25 games and finished the season with the best save percentage in the National Hockey League.|
The Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award, officially billed as the MBNA/MasterCard Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award, was an award in ice hockey given annually to the goaltender who finished the regular season with the best save percentage in the National Hockey League (NHL). Only goaltenders who played 25 games or more in the season were eligible for the award. A goaltender's save percentage represents the percentage of shots on goal that he stops, and is calculated by dividing the number of saves by the total number of shots on goal.
The award was first presented at the conclusion of the 1999–2000 season, and was named in honor of former Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals goaltender Roger Crozier, a Calder and Conn Smythe Trophy winner who played in the NHL from 1964 to 1977. It was presented by the MBNA corporation in memory of Crozier, who worked for the MBNA America Bank after retiring as a player, and died on January 11, 1996. The winner of the trophy received a commemorative crystal trophy and was given US$25,000 to donate to a youth hockey or other educational program of their choice.
As of 2007, after which it ceased being presented, the award had been presented on seven occasions and won by six different players. Marty Turco is the only goaltender to have won the award twice. The Dallas Stars have won the award three times, whereas the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild have won it twice. The award was not presented in 2005, as the entire 2004–05 season was canceled due to the lockout.
|†||Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame|
|Season||Player||Team||Save %||Win #||Ref.|
|1999–2000||Ed Belfour†||Dallas Stars||.919||1|||
|2000–01||Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||.925||1|||
|2001–02||Jose Theodore||Montreal Canadiens||.931||1|||
|2002–03||Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||.932||2|||
|2003–04||Dwayne Roloson||Minnesota Wild||.933||1|||
|2004–05||The league's lockout forced the cancellation of the entire season.|
|2005–06||Cristobal Huet||Montreal Canadiens||.929||1|||
|2006–07||Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota Wild||.929||1|||
Potential winners if the award had continued to exist 
|^||Player's team won Stanley Cup|
|2007–08||Dan Ellis||Nashville Predators||.924|||
|2008–09||Tim Thomas||Boston Bruins||.933|||
|2009–10||Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||.931|||
|2010–11||Tim Thomas^||Boston Bruins||.938|||
|2011–12||Brian Elliott||St. Louis Blues||.940|
|2012–13||Craig Anderson||Ottawa Senators||.941|
See also 
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- Muir, Allan (2006-05-31). "In a class of his own". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
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- "Ed Belfour". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
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- "Jose Theodore". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Dwayne Roloson". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Cristobel Huet". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Niklas Backstrom". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Dan Ellis". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Tim Thomas". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Tuukka Rask". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-30.