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Are hockey goalies the most important position in all of sports?


I was listening to DnC this morning and they were discussing whether or not Tom Brady is the best athlete in Boston sports history. It wound up coming down to Larry Bird vs. Brady. A few callers mentioned Bobby Orr (which I agreed with) but they didn't really discuss Orr as much as they did Bird.

At one point, Gerry Callahan said something like "It's gotta be Brady, especially because the position of Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports.". Initially, I agreed but then I started thinking "Well what about hockey?" I think goaltending is just as, if not more important than QB. After giving it some thought, I decided that yes, the position of goaltender is the most important position of all the 4 major sports.

After remembering that Trent Dilfer winning a Super Bowl with his outstanding Ravens defense and throwing only 1 TD pass himself, I decided that a good goalie is more important to an NHL team than a good QB is to a good NFL team. I don't have time to do some research into how many Stanley Cup winning teams have had an outstanding goalie (I'm at work!), but I can say with confidence that at least 80% of Stanley Cup Champions have had a goalie that carried the team at some point during the playoffs or season.

It's close, but again, I believe goaltending is essential to a successful hockey team more so than a good QB is essential to a good football team..

What do you guys think? Are goalies the most important position in all of sports? Try to be subjective.

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