By Carter Brooks
Photo by Graig Abel
Ed Belfour - the pride of Carman, MB. - will serve as one captain, alongside fellow Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Grant Fuhr, in the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic from Toronto, ON. in mid-November.
Belfour, now 53 and 11 seasons removed from his time within the blue paint of National Hockey League rinks, will swap out his goalie pads for a stick and a Hall of Fame jersey. The annual 'Legends Classic' will be highlighted by the return of Martin Brodeur to the pipes, and the first time appearances by Martin St. Louis and Jayna Hefford.
After spending his childhood in southern Manitoba, Belfour moved south and played one season at the University of North Dakota, before spending two years with Saginaw. He then transitioned to full-time NHL duty with the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs. Eddie the Eagle also made brief stops in San Jose and Florida during his time in the NHL.
In 963 career games, Belfour amassed a 484-320-125 record, to go along with 76 shutouts, 34 assists and a whopping 380 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound netminder retired with a career 2.50 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
As a part of the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend ceremonies, the Legends Classic will be held on November 11th at 3:00 P.M. at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Other legends participating in the game include: Dino Ciccarelli, Mike Gartner, Doug Gilmore, Dale Hawerchuk, Geraldine Heaney, Angela James, Igor Larionov, Eric Lindros, Larry Murphy, Scott Stevens, Daniel Briere, Wendel Clark, Gary Leeman, Bill McCreary and Jeremy Roenick.