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Hextall, Ron
Philadelphia Flyers

The CONN SMYTHE TROPHY has found its way into the arms of several rookie netminders who stepped into the spotlight of the Stanley Cup playoffs and came up with huge performances. Ken Dryden for Montreal in 1970-71 was the first. Patrick Roy with Montreal in 1985-86 was a second. In 1986-87, it was an opportunity for Philadelphia's first year goalie, RON HEXTALL. HEXTALL stepped into the Flyers' lineup and proceeded to lead the NHL in wins (37), earning a 3.00 goals-against average in the process and winning the Vezina Trophy. The Flyers finished the regular season in first place in the Patrick Division; second overall to Edmonton's Oilers. Ironically, or maybe justifiably, it was Philadelphia lined up across from the Oilers in the Stanley Cup final. The series went to a full seven games, but in the final contest, the Oilers won 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup. But the big rookie goalkeeper from the Flyers had been more than impressive. Playing all 26 playoff games for the Flyers, RON HEXTALL helped the team win 15--two by shutout. His 2.77 goals-against average was strong, and to note his outstanding performance, RON HEXTALL was awarded the CONN SMYTHE TROPHY for 1986-87.

Hextall, Ron