Goaltending is a very important position in hockey especially when your team is up or when your team is trying to score the tying goal. They are the backbones that either help your team or make devastating mistakes that cost you a point. If you looked at the 1999 Stanley Cup roster, you see Ed Belfour, who was also nicknamed Eddie the Eagle. He was one of the biggest reasons why the Stars won the Stanley Cup. Now he is part of the minority ownership along with former teammates Craig Ludwig, Mike Modano and Richard Matvichuk.
blackoutdallas.com recently caught up with Ed Belfour to talk about things from the differences between being a hockey player to an owner all the way to how he got the nickname Eddie the Eagle.
BlackoutDallas: How is it different from being a hockey player to a minority ownership with the Allen Americans?
Ed Belfour: Well it’s a lot different because when you are a player you are just focused on yourself basically, prepared to do your best. Here as an owner, management group, coaches and stuff, you got to pay attention to a lot of different things and a lot more responsibilities.
BD: The team is 13-4-1 for the season and in first place. Are you happy with the success of the Americans so far?
Belfour: Yeah we are happy right now and how they are playing. This weekend will tell us a lot and of course we just want to keep getting better.
BD: Being an owner with the Americans, do you see yourself working with the NHL someday?
Belfour: Well yeah of course. I do. I think all of us like to do that possibly and know with the Stars that would be a good place for all of us being here. You never know. It might happen. It might not.
BD: How did you get the call about taking a part of the ownership with the organization?
Belfour: From Craig Ludwig as he talked to me about it.
BD: Last year you were named into the Hockey Hall of fame. How did it feel to being named to the HHOF?
Belfour: It was awesome. It was an honor; it was fun and something I will never forget.
BD: Tell us about your first NHL game. Do you still have the puck?
Belfour: I don’t have the puck but I have the memory of the game being in Detroit. It was against the Detroit Red Wings and we were winning the game 4-2 and a few minutes later, we ended up losing the game so it’s kind a bummer and bad memory
BD: Which teammate or coach helped you the most in your career?
Belfour: Vladislav Tretiak.
BD: Besides hockey, what other sports do you like?
Belfour: I just about like all the sports. The one I would pick the most would be car racing.
You were nickname the Eagle. Where did it come from?
Belfour: From my first goalie mask and I had the eagle on it. It’s where it came.