Saturday night former All-Star Dallas Stars' goalie Ed Belfour was honored for his outstanding talent and skill, and even a bit of luck and punching pinache, before the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild game a the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
And accomplishments they were as Belfour helped the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup playoffs and finally to raise the Stanley Cup in 1999, the Stars only Cup championship in franchise history.
"Winning the Stanley Cup in '99 was a dream come true. I'll never forget it. So thankful Bob Gainey for bringing me here and giving me an opportunity to play in such a great city," Belfour told the cheering fans.
Chants of "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" rocked the AAC center and swelled the hearts of all who watched, reminding us of the "good old days" from 1997 through 2002.
Belfour's hockeygoalies.org bio reads like the winner he is: "Technically strong. Extremely quick, great desire. Aggressive and very acrobatic. Very stubborn; has an undeniable belief in himself. Trememdous work ethic, and maintains his focus, despite rarely seeing a large number of shots. Maintains good control of rebounds and takes away the low part of the net; in fact, Belfour's nearly impossible to beat low. Good puckhandler and skater - passing skills are top-notch, but he shows restraint in shooting the puck down the ice."
The Hockey News 2000-01 Yearbook touted that Belfour's day had come with Dallas: "It's time to give Eddie the Eagle his due - he has usurped Dominik Hasek as the best goalie in the game today. His playoff performance with Dallas last spring leaves no doubt about that."
Belfour played 963 regular season games and 161 career postseaseason starts. His regular season record was 484-320-125-14 with a career goals-against-average of 2.50 and 76 shutouts. In the postseason, Belfour was 880 with goals-agains-average of 2.17 and 14 shutouts.
"It's always great to see the fellas. it brings back all the memories. You just wish you could keep doing it but unfortunately, we all get old, right?" said Belfour.
Now 46, Belfour says he is building a house in North Texas and enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors and enjoying watching and helping his sons play hockey.