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Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8--Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden

Selected in third round
No. 14 overall by Boston Bruins
 in the 1964 NHL Amateur Draft.

 Dryden was traded to Montreal shortly thereafter, making his debut with the Habs in the final days of the 1970-71 season
Dryden, who had played six games for the club heading into the playoffs, was tapped as the starter in goal for the Habs in the postseason. The team’s first round opponent was the Boston Bruins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the most feared-team in the league.

Seven games later, the Bruins were on the outside looking in as the Canadiens went on to become the Cinderella team of 1971, riding the 6-foot-4, 205-pound goalie’s back all the way to an unexpected Stanley Cup title.

With his name engraved on the Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy already on his resume, Dryden officially began his rookie campaign the next fall. By that spring, he had proven that he was no flash in the pan.

Appearing in 64 games, the lanky Dryden won 39 games and lost just eight, allowing an average of 2.24 goals per game. He walked away with both the Calder Trophy and an invitation to backstop Team Canada, scheduled to meet the Soviet Union before the next NHL season got underway.
Ken Dryden retired following the 1978-79 season. He left the ice with a Calder Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy, five V├ęzinas and six Stanley Cup Championships to his credit.

He was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.


Received black sharpie signed postcard TTM.

 Letter from his assistant confirming my request (2006)

Folder that these items came in.

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