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{{Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Goaltender
catches = Left
height_ft = 5
height_in = 10
weight_lb = 178
team = Detroit Red Wings
{ The Wizard Of Oz}
former_teams = St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
league = NHL
nationality = CAN
birth_date =
birth_place = Peace Rivermarker, ABmarker
career_start = 1992
image = Chris Osgood 2008.jpg
image_size = 255px}}

Christopher John Osgood (born November 26, 1972, in Peace River, Albertamarker) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey goaltender with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He spent the first part of his career with Detroit, and then played for the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues during his 14-year NHL career before returning to Detroit in 2005. He has won three Stanley Cup championships in his career, all with the Red Wings, with two of them coming while he was starting goaltender. He is known in Detroit by his nicknames "Ozzie," which is chanted by the crowd after a big save, and "The Wizard of Oz." He is the only remaining NHL goalie to wear a traditional player's helmet/cage combo instead of the newer one piece goalie mask.

Playing career

Chris Osgood was drafted 54th overall by the Red Wings in the 3rd round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut during the 1993–1994 season. He became the fourth goaltender to man the crease for Detroit that season alongside Tim Cheveldae, Vincent Riendeau, and Peter Ing. Cheveldae, the team's primary starter and a former All-Star, along with Dallas Drake, was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for veteran goaltender Bob Essensa and defenceman Sergei Bautin. Essensa did not have a strong showing in a 13-game stint at the end of the regular season, and Osgood was named the primary goaltender for the playoffs.

After Osgood's rookie season, management felt that the team needed a strong veteran goaltender with Stanley Cup playoff experience. In the summer of 1994, the Red Wings traded defenceman Steve Chiasson to the Calgary Flames for goaltender Mike Vernon, who had previously helped the Flames to the Stanley Cup title in 1989.

Initial Detroit success

While the 1994–1995 season started late due to a lockout, Osgood served as a backup goaltender for Mike Vernon for the season. The Wings reached the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals that season, where they were swept in four games by the underdog New Jersey Devils. Osgood received significantly more playing time for the 1995–1996 season, and he led the NHL with a 2.17 GAA and 39 wins. He also finished third in shutouts (5) and was a Vezina Trophy runner-up to Jim Carey. Osgood and Vernon shared the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders allowing the fewest goals in the league. For his efforts Osgood was selected to the NHL All-Star Game and was also named to the post-season NHL All-Star Second Team.

That season, he scored against the Hartford Whalers, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to score a goal, after Ron Hextall. Former Islanders goaltender Billy Smith was also credited with a goal as the player last touching the puck, but only Osgood and Hextall directly shot the puck in.

The next season, Osgood and Vernon shared starting goaltender duties in the regular season, but when the playoffs started, virtually all the playing time went to Vernon, who ended up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. In the end, Osgood had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup as the Red Wings swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

After the Cup win in 1997, Vernon was traded to the San Jose Sharks, which made Osgood Detroit's number-one goaltender. Again, the Red Wings were able to advance to the Stanley Cup finals and defeated the Washington Capitals in another four game sweep to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

Osgood remained the primary goaltender for Detroit until the summer of 2001, working alongside Ken Wregget, and Manny Legacé before being put on waivers and picked up by the New York Islanders.

Islander years

In the summer of 2001, the Red Wings acquired goaltender Dominik Hašek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner, from the Buffalo Sabres. After numerous attempts to trade Osgood, the Red Wings left him unprotected in the waiver draft and he was acquired by the Islanders on September 28, 2001.

Osgood split playing time with Garth Snow for the 2001–2002 season, and helped the Islanders to a playoff berth where they lost a seven game series to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Osgood split time with both Snow and Rick DiPietro for the 2002–2003 season before being traded to the St. Louis Blues on March 11, 2003, along with a third round pick in the 2003 NHL draft for Justin Papineau and a second round pick in the 2003 draft.

Stint in St. Louis

For the remainder of the 2002–2003 season and the entire 2003–2004 season, Osgood remained the primary goaltender for the St. Louis Blues. Although Osgood posted winning records for both seasons, the Blues did not advance past the playoff quarterfinals, losing to the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, respectively. Osgood's contract was not renewed by the St. Louis before the expiration of the Collective bargaining Agreement, and he became a free agent.

Return to Detroit

On August 8, 2005, Detroit brought Osgood back with a two-year, $800,000 USD contract. He was initially set to compete for the starting job with Manny Legace, but suffered a groin tear and did not play when the season started. Osgood was assigned to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. After posting a 2–1 record in three games, Osgood returned to Detroit to work in a goaltending tandem with Legace again.
Osgood also worked with rookie goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald while Legacé recovered from knee injuries in late 2005. During the 2005–06 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Osgood injured his groin preparing for Game 4 of the Conference Quarterfinals against the Edmonton Oilers. Osgood missed the remainder of the series, and the Red Wings post-season was over after 6 games against the Oilers.

On July 1, 2006, Osgood re-signed with the Red Wings to a two-year, $1.8 million USD contract. He then shared goaltending duties with Hašek, who also returned for another stint with the Red Wings. Though Hašek was expected to get slightly more playing time than Osgood throughout the regular season, it was expected that the goaltending tandem would have shared most of the playing time, with MacDonald expected to be their backup. However, Osgood suffered a fractured hand in practice, placing him on the injured reserve while MacDonald stepped up as the number 2 goaltender in Osgood's absence.

Osgood returned to playing by the end of December. Due to Osgood's injuries and the aging Hašek's ability to remain healthy throughout the season, Osgood ended up assuming the backup role for Hašek as opposed to sharing playing time.

The 2007–08 season served as a return to form for Osgood. Osgood and Hašek remained Detroit's goaltending tandem for the 2007–08 season. While Osgood was expected to be the backup goaltender, Hašek struggled at the beginning of the season and subsequently became injured. Osgood assumed the starting role while Hašek was injured and put up superior numbers. As of April 30 2008, Osgood ranked 1st in the NHL in GAA with 2.09 during the regular season, ranked 16th in Save Percentage with 0.914 and has an impressive 27–9–4 record. That performance earned him both a 3 year/$4.5M contract extension with the Red Wings and an appearance at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. With Hašek healthy and getting back into his stride, Detroit chose to alternate goaltenders instead of designating either goaltender as the backup.

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

After Hasek performed poorly in Games 3 and 4 of their 2008 first round series with the Nashville Predators, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock decided to pull him in favor of Osgood midway through Game 4 and named him the starter for game 5 of the series. With Osgood in goal, the Red Wings won their next nine playoff games in a row, defeating the Predators and sweeping the Colorado Avalanche as well as dealing the Dallas Stars a three-game deficit. Though the Stars battled back, winning their next two games, Osgood shone in game 6, stopping all but one shot in a game riddled with Red Wings penalties, sending them to the Stanley Cup Finals to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins. In games one and two of the Stanley Cup finals, Osgood had back-to-back shutouts, making him the fourth goalie in NHL history to start the Finals with back-to-back shutouts. Between the two games, he made a total of 41 saves. His save as time expired in Game Six sealed the Stanley Cup win for the Red Wings and for Osgood, who won his second championship as a starting goaltender. His final 2008 playoff record was 14-4 with a 1.55 GAA; he was considered a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy which eventually went to Henrik Zetterberg.

Aftermath of the Stanley Cup

The following 2008–09 season was a sharp contrast to the 2008 playoffs for Osgood, who struggled heavily for virtually the entire season, and ended it with the worst statistical numbers of his entire career. "It was the worst I've played in that long of a stretch in my career," he said. "Let's be honest.". A combination of injuries and self-inflicted mental pressure adversely affected his game, to the point where late in the season he was essentially "sent home" for ten days by the Red Wings, in order for him to work with goaltending coach Jim Bedard and re-focus. Although his 26 wins put him 10th all-time in the NHL by season's end, he finished with a GAA a full goal above what he had posted in 2007–08, and a save percentage in the bottom ten percent of all 45 goalies who played enough to qualify.

Despite being visibly outplayed in nearly every aspect by Ty Conklin, whom he credited for not allowing the goaltending situation to become much worse than it was, Osgood's immense playoff experience was referred to throughout the season, and as the unquestioned starting goaltender in the 2009 playoffs he played nearly every minute of 23 games, finishing with a 15-8 record. His drastically improved performance led to speculation that he was Detroit's leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy in the event of a Red Wings victory in the Stanley Cup Finals, however in the end, Detroit was defeated in a rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

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References

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Regular season
 
Playoffs
Season
Team
League
GP
W
L
T
OTL
MIN
GA
SO
GAA
SV%
GP
W
L
MIN
GA
SO
GAA
SV%
1989–90
Medicine Hat Tigers
WHL
57
24
28
2
3,094
228
0
4.42
3
0
3
173
17
0
5.89
1990–91
Medicine Hat Tigers
WHL
46
23
18
3
2,630
173
2
3.95
12
7
5
712
42
0
3.53
1991–92
Medicine Hat Tigers
WHL
15
10
3
0
819
44
0
3.22
1991–92
Brandon Wheat Kings
WHL
16
3
10
1
890
60
1
4.04
1991–92
Seattle Thunderbirds
WHL
21
12
7
1
1,217
65
1
3.20
15
9
6
904
51
0
3.38
1992–93
Adirondack Red Wings
AHL
45
19
19
4
2,438
159
0
3.91
1
0
1
59
2
0
2.03
1993–94
Adirondack Red Wings
AHL
4
3
1
0
239
13
0
3.26
1993–94
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
41
23
8
5
2,206
105
2
2.86
.895
6
3
2
307
12
1
2.35
.891
1994–95
Adirondack Red Wings
AHL
2
1
1
0
120
6
0
3.00
1994–95
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
19
14
5
0
1,087
41
1
2.26
.917
2
0
0
68
2
0
1.76
.920
1995–96
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
50
39
6
5
2,933
106
5
2.17
.911
15
8
7
936
33
2
2.12
.898
1996–97
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
47
23
13
9
2,769
106
6
2.30
.910
2
0
0
47
2
0
2.55
.905
1997–98
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
64
33
20
11
3,807
140
6
2.21
.913
22
16
6
1,381
48
2
2.12
.918
1998–99
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
63
34
25
4
3,691
149
3
2.42
.910
6
4
2
358
14
1
2.35
.919
1999–2000
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
53
30
14
8
3,148
126
6
2.40
.907
9
5
4
547
18
2
1.97
.924
2000–01
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
52
25
19
4
2,834
127
1
2.69
.903
6
2
4
365
15
1
2.47
.905
2001–02
New York Islanders
NHL
66
32
25
6
3,743
156
4
2.50
.910
7
3
4
392
17
0
2.60
.912
2002–03
New York Islanders
NHL
37
17
14
4
1,993
97
2
2.92
.894
2002–03
St. Louis Blues
NHL
9
4
3
2
532
27
2
3.05
.888
7
3
4
417
17
1
2.45
.907
2003–04
St. Louis Blues
NHL
67
31
25
8
3,861
144
3
2.24
.910
5
1
4
287
12
0
2.51
.890
2005–06
Grand Rapids Griffins
AHL
3
2
1
0
180
10
0
3.33
2005–06
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
32
20
6
5
1,846
85
2
2.76
.897
2006–07
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
21
11
3
6
1,161
46
0
2.38
.907
2007–08
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
43
27
9
4
2,409
84
4
2.09
.914
19
14
4
1,159
30
3
1.55
.930
2008–09
Detroit Red Wings
NHL
46
26
9
8
2,663
137
2
3.09
.887
23
15
8
1,406
47
2
2.01
.926
WHL totals
155
72
66
7
8,650
570
4
3.95
30
16
14
1,789
110
0
3.68
AHL totals
54
25
22
4
0
2,977
188
0
3.79
1
0
1
59
2
0
2.03
NHL totals
710
389
204
66
23
40,682
1,676
49
2.47
.906
129
74
49
7,651
267
15
2.09
.916

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