He won six Vezina Trophies and is the only goalie ever to win back-to-back Hart Trophies. He guided the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. Over nine seasons in Buffalo, he won 234 games while posting 55 shutouts and making four straight All-Star Games.
Other notable first-time nominees include Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano. Forsberg was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers but was quickly traded to the Quebec Nordiques. He scored 885 points in 13 seasons with the Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators.
Modano spent all but one season with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise, posting 561 goals and 1,374 points while winning two Stanley Cups. He spent one season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Also on the ballot for the first time are Mark Recchi, Doug Weight, Owen Nolan and Chris Osgood. Former players returning to the ballot include Eric Lindros and former Sabres players Phil Housley, Alexander Mogilny and Tom Barrasso.
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