April 29, 2003
TORONTO (CP) - Ed Belfour of the Toronto Maple Leafs is No. 1 in the
annual ranking of NHL goaltenders by Goalies' World magazine.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks is No. 2,
according to the Loretteville, Que., publication. In last year's
rankings, Montreal's Jose Theodore took the top spot while Belfour
was ranked 28th and Giguere was 14th. Olaf Kolzig of the Washington
Capitals, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, Robert Luongo of the
Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Roy, Marc
Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tomas Vokoun of the Nashville
Predators and Roman Cechmanek of the Philadelphia Flyers round out
this year's top 10. Theodore dropped to 17th.
"The rankings are based on a mathematical formula," says publisher
Gilles Moffet. "About eight times out of 10 we have come up with the
same guy as selected for the Vezina Trophy."
Theodore won the Vezina last year.
The formula takes into account save percentage, goals-against
average, number of games played and shutouts.
"Each category is given a numerical weight," says Moffet. "If you
have the best save percentage, you won't necessarily be No. 1.
"Games played is an important factor. Turco was No. 1 until he
started missing games after he got hurt."