It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Ken Dryden the smartest man to have ever played hockey.
After a great season with the Montreal Canadiens where he captured the Stanley Cup and won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP, he followed that up with a year where he won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year.
Although he didn’t have as much NHL experience as other goalies, he was selected to be one of the starters when NHLers met their Russian counterparts in the 1972 Summit Series.
After another amazing year where he won the Stanley Cup and finished with 33 wins and seven losses, Dryden took the next season off so he could concentrate on finishing his law degree.
He continued to play great when he returned. In his seven full seasons with the team, Dryden never lost more than 10 games in a season, and won five Vezina trophies and six Stanley Cups.
He wrote one book during his career, and has written another four since then. The Game is seen as one of the best sports books of all time.
Dryden is now a two-time MP with the Government of Canada.
He was elected to the hall of fame in 1983.
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