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|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1987|
June 6, 1939|
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Detroit Red Wings
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.
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, 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Achievements and facts
- Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1967 and 1971.
- Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1968, 1969 and 1970
- Played in NHL All-Star Game in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973
- Vezina Trophy winner in 1971 (shared with Gilles Villemure)
- Ranked 25th in career wins by a goaltender with 289
- Ranked 19th in career shutouts with 54
- His No. 1 was the second jersey number retired by the New York Rangers, on March 15, 1989
- Ranked No. 6 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009)
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987
Regular season and playoffs
|1958–59||Sudbury Bell Telephone||NBHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1959–60||New York Rovers||EHL||32||—||—||—||—||—||—||4.31||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1960–61||New York Rovers||EHL||12||2||10||0||720||54||0||4.50||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||New York Rangers||NHL||35||8||20||6||2036||125||0||3.68||.874||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
"Giacomin's stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
- Sexton, Joe (14 March 1989). "A Permanent Home for No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- ""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.
- Eddie, A Goalie's Story by Hugh Delano
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Gilles Villemure
and Gary Smith