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Memorable Manitobans: Terrence Gordon “Terry” Sawchuk (1929-1970)

Hockey goalie.

Born in Winnipeg, he played junior hockey in the city and in Galt, Ontario, before turning professional in 1946 with Omaha. He joined the Detroit Red Wings as goalie in 1951, winning the Calder Cup as rookie of the year. In his first five years in the NHL, Sawchuk won the Vezina Trophy (for fewest goals allowed per game) three times, producing 56 shutouts. His style was based on superb reflexes and much acrobatics. Like many goalies, however, Sawchuk had trouble living with the psychological stresses. Especially after expansion he shifted from team to team, although he won one of his five Vezina trophies with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1965 and the Stanley Cup with the same team in 1967. He holds many NHL records, including a record 103 shutouts that is more secure than almost any other career record in sports. Sawchuk had a lifetime goals-against average of 2.52 per game. He died in Long Beach, New York from injuries suffered accidentally in a scuffle with a teammate. A Winnipeg hockey arena is named after him.

He is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1971), Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1985), and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (?).

See also:

Terrence Gordon Sawchuk, Manitobans Who Made A Difference, Manitoba Historic Resources


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2021

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