Former Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour and his son, Dayn, are moving into the distilling business. And now the pair will have a nice chunk of start-up money to get things going.
Belfour, who played for the Blackhawks from 1988 to 1997, raised nearly $179,000 by selling 66 items of his own hockey memorabilia, including the gold medal he won with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
The gold medal fetched nearly $35,000. Other items he sold included a mask he wore with the Blackhawks ($15,307), a mask he wore with the Dallas Stars ($7,853) during their Stanley Cup season, and a replica of the Vezina Trophy he won in 1993. He also sold other game-work masks, autographed goalie sticks and jerseys to raise money for and start up Belfour Distilleries, which will be based in Texas and "focus on distilling bourbons and whiskeys."
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Last weekend Belfour appeared on the Blackhawks' Alumni game roster in their matchup against the Minnesota North Stars.
In eight seasons with the Blackhawks, Belfour won 201 games, had a .903 save percentage and allowed 2.65 goals per game. He was a three-time All-Star, a three-time Jennings Award winner and one-time Vezina Award winner. He also won 35 starts in 68 career playoff games with the Blackhawks. He finished his career with half a season in San Jose, five seasons in Dallas, three in Toronto and one in Florida, retiring from the NHL in 2004.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.