Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award
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Established 1999-2000 NHL season
Current holder Niklas Backstrom
Awarded to theGoaltender that has played a minimum of 25 games and finished the season with the best save percentage in the National Hockey League.

The Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award,[1] also known as the MBNA/Mastercard Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award[2] is awarded annually to the goaltender that has played a minimum of 25 games and finished the season with the best save percentage in the National Hockey League. It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1999–2000 season and has been awarded to six players, who have won the award a combined seven times.


It is named in honor of former Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Roger Crozier, a Calder and Conn Smythe Trophy winner who played 518 games over 14 seasons. It is presented by the MBNA corporation in memory of Crozier, who joined the MBNA America Bank in 1983 and died on January 11, 1996.[1] The winner of the trophy receives a commemorative crystal trophy and is given $25,000 USD to donate to a youth hockey or other educational program of their choice.[1] Marty Turco is the only player to have won the trophy twice.

Winners Edit


Cristobal Huet, one-time winner.


Niklas Backstrom, one-time winner.

     Player is still active

Season Player Team Save %
1999–00 Ed Belfour[3] Dallas Stars .919
2000–01 Marty Turco[4] Dallas Stars .925
2001–02 Jose Theodore[5] Montreal Canadiens .931
2002–03 Marty Turco[4] Dallas Stars .932
2003–04 Dwayne Roloson[6] Minnesota Wild .933
2004–05 No winner due to the
2004-05 NHL lockout
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2005–06 Cristobal Huet[7] Montreal Canadiens .929
2006–07 Niklas Backstrom[8] Minnesota Wild .929


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Canadiens' Cristobal Huet to receive MBNA Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award. (2006-09-20). Retrieved on 2007-10-02.
  2. Crozier's netminding carried early Sabres. (2006-01-11). Retrieved on 2007-10-02.
  3. Ed Belfour. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Marty Turco. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  5. Jose Theodore. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  6. Dwayne Roloson. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  7. Cristobel Huet. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  8. Niklas Backstrom. TSN. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.

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