A life That Inspires
Legends are all around us. From those conquering the unimaginable to the humble next door neighbor who protects us day in and day out. We raise a glass to these legends – those we know and treasure, and those we have yet to meet.
In the Belfour Spirits Legends series, we turn the tables and put Ed in the reporter seat. He will showcase special interviews, talking one-on-one with remarkable individuals who have influenced his life. We’re confident they will leave a lasting impression on your life too.
Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet. Our second legend is one of the most special people in Ed Belfour’s life.
Nine-year-old Eddie first met Mr. Hull in Carman, Manitoba, and describes the encounter as being “on cloud nine” when the Golden Jet gave him one of his famous golden pucks, a treasure Ed still has today.
Years later, Bobby – then retired – visited Eddie in the locker room in between periods of an NHL playoff game with the Eagle with a motivational message to relax and play his game. Another incredible moment.
Over the years, their relationship has grown into a beautiful friendship…decades strong, full of mutual respect, admiration, and many things in common. Both honored to wear the Blackhawks jersey. Both multiple trophy winners and inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both with children who followed in their footsteps to play professional hockey. Both a legend in their own regard.
Ed had the opportunity to interview his hero in October 2020 in Chicago.
We are honored to have Glenn Hall, Mr. Goalie, as our first featured legend. Best known for his influence on what is today known as “butterfly style” goaltending, Hall was an award-winning goalie with Detroit and St. Louis, and won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 1961.
Glenn will be remembered for his record that – it’s safe to say – will never be beat: playing 552 consecutive games in net, most of which were without a goalie mask! In his 18 seasons in the NHL, he finished an incredible 14 of those seasons with a winning record. He’s fourth on the NHL’s all-time career shutouts list with 84.
He retired with the St. Louis Blues in 1971 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. Today, he lives on his family farm in Alberta and keeps those around him laughing with his charm and wit. We encourage you to read more about Glenn’s monumental hockey career.
Ed had the wonderful opportunity to interview Glenn prior to the annual Kinsmen fundraising dinner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in February 2020 where they were being honored along with three other HOF goalies: Bernie Parent, Grant Fuhr and Martin Brodeur. The three-day celebration was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for all involved.