1964 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
3 14
Ken Dryden
Selected by Boston from Etobicoke (OHA Junior B)
Boston Bruins Etobicoke Jr. B
Ken Dryden

6-foot-4, 205 pounds

Left-hand catcher


Pre-Draft Statistics

Statistics unavailable

Pre-Draft Notes

Played in the Etobicoke-based Humber Valley minor hockey organization. ... Had notified scouts and others of his decision to earn a college degree long before the draft, thereby delaying his NHL availability until at least the 1969-70 season.
Canadian • Born August 8, 1947 in Hamilton, Ontario • Hometown: Islington, Ontario

Renaissance Man

Few people have impacted both hockey and society at large like Ken Dryden. From the brave decisions to delay his pro career until he finished college and earn a law degree even it might affect performance during his early years as a professional, to his work as both a Canadian politician and sports administrator, he has exemplified all that is great about hockey and its culture. In 1983, Dryden published The Game, a book about his final months as an NHL player. It has been deservedly ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the 10 greatest sports books of all time and is widely regarded as the greatest hockey book ever written. It's just one of many books he authored. A true guardian of the sport, it is only fitting that when he received the status of Officer of the Order of Canada, Dryden was noted for his "his contributions to Canadian life in hockey, law, writing and politics, notably as a champion of literacy and the prevention of sports-related brain injuries." As great as he was on the ice, Dryden has proven to be even greater off of it.

Video from NHL.com

ABOVE: A Look back at Dryden's remarkable nine NHL seasons

Final Playoff ShutoutLegends of HockeyHighlight Reel
1973 Dryden Feature2013 InterviewJersey Retirement
Tribute Video2011 InterviewDiscussing Canada

Career Vitals

First contract: May 1970
Debut: March 14, 1971
(Montreal at Pittsburgh)
Final NHL game: May 21, 1979 (Stanley Cup Finals)
(Montreal vs. N.Y. Rangers)
Retired: July 9, 1979
Stanley Cup: 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
Number worn: 29 (number retired)

Career NHL Statistics

Team: Montreal
Years: 1971-1979. Playoffs: 1971-1979

Regular Season
8 years 397 258-57-74 2.24 46 n/a
Stanley Cup Playoffs
8 years 112 80-32 2.40 10 n/a
Complete statistics available at NHL.com

NHL Awards and Honors

1970-71:Conn Smythe Trophy, Playoff Wins Leader (12), Playoff Goalie Games Leader (20), Playoff Minutes Leader (1,221)
1971-72: Calder Trophy, All-Star Second Team, All-Star Game, Wins Leader (39), Goalie Games Leader (64), Minutes Leader (3,800)
1972-73:Vezina Trophy, All-Star First Team, Wins Leader (33), Shutouts Leader (6), GAA Leader (2.26), Playoff Wins Leader (12), Playoff Goalie Games Leader (17), Playoff Minutes Leader (1,039)
1974-75:All-Star Game
1975-76: Vezina Trophy, All-Star First Team, All-Star Game, Wins Leader (42), Shutouts Leader (8), GAA Leader (2.03), Playoff Wins Leader (12), Playoff GAA Leader (1.92), Playoff Goalie Games Leader (13), Playoff Minutes Leader (780)
1976-77:Vezina Trophy (shared with Larocque), All-Star First Team, All-Star Game, Wins Leader (41), Shutouts Leader (10), Playoff Wins Leader (12), Playoff Shutouts Leader (4), Playoff GAA Leader (1.55), Playoff Goalie Games Leader (14)
1977-78: Vezina Trophy (shared with Larocque), All-Star First Team, All-Star Game, GAA Leader (2.05), Playoff Wins Leader (12), Playoff Shutouts Leader (2), Playoff GAA Leader (1.89), Playoff Goalie Games Leader (15), Playoff Minutes Leader (919)
1978-79:Vezina Trophy (shared with Larocque), All-Star First Team, Shutouts Leader (5), GAA Leader (2.30), Playoff Wins Leader (12)

Team Records

Montreal Canadiens Records
Single Season Most regular-season wins (42 in 1975-76, shares record with Jacques Plante, who did it twice); Most combined regular-season and playoff wins (54 in 1975-76)
Period:Most saves in one period (23 in first period on March 19, 1976, at California, shares record with four others); Most shots faced in one period (24 in first period on March 19, 1976, at California, shares record with Rogie Vachon)
Streaks:Longest road undefeated streak (16 games from Dec. 8, 1974, to March 12, 1975)
Playoffs Career: Most career playoff victories (80); Most career playoff shutouts (10, shares record with Jacques Plante);  Most career playoff assists by a goalie (4, shares record with Patrick Roy)
Playoffs Game: Most saves in a shutout (37 vs. Vancouver on April 19, 1975)
Playoff Year: Most games played by a goalie (20 in 1971, shares record with Patrick Roy); Most shutouts (4 in 1977); Most assists by a goalie (3 in 1979)

Retired Sweater Numbers

Montreal Canadiens
Dryden's No. 29 was retired by the Montreal Canadiens in a ceremony prior to a Jan. 29, 2007, game vs. Ottawa at Bell Centre. He was the 12th former Canadiens player to be so honored.

Cornell University
Dryden's No. 1 was retired by Cornell University on Feb. 25, 2010, as he and Joe Nieuwendyk became first players ever to be so honored by Cornell.

International Spotlight

• Started two games for Canada team that finished fourth at the 1969 World Championships at Stockholm, Sweden.

• Was member of the 1972 Team Canada squad that beat the Soviet Union in historic eight-game series prior to start of 1972-73 season. Dryden won two of four starts in the series.

• Was member of NHL All-Star squad that faced Soviets in 1979 Challenge Cup three-game series at New York's Madison Square Garden. Dryden won one of his two starts.

More Key Facts

Full Name: Kenneth Wayne Dryden

Other Post-Draft Teams: Cornell (ECAC); Team Canada; Montreal (AHL).

Transactions: Traded by Boston with Alex Campbell to Montreal for Guy Allen and Paul Reid on June 28, 1964.

College Career: Won NCAA Championship and was named to NCAA All-Tournament Team with Cornell as a sophomore in 1966-67. ... Named to NCAA All-America First Team in 1966-67, 1967-68, and 1968-69. ... Named to ECAC All-Star First Team in 1966-67, 1967-68, and 1968-69. ... Set Cornell records for best career save percentage (.939), lowest career goals-against average (1.59), most career shutouts (13), most career wins (76), best save percentage in one season (.945 in 1966-67), lowest GAA in one season (1.46 in 1966-67), most shutouts in one season (6 in 1967-68)

Education: Earned law degree from McGill University. ... Holds honorary law degrees from University of Windsor (1997), University of British Columbia (1992), York University (1996), and University of Winnipeg (2013).

Family: Younger brother of former NHL and WHA goaltender Dave Dryden. ... First cousin, twice removed, of former NHL player Murray Murdoch.

Career in Public Service

Served as Ontario Youth Commissioner from 1984-1986. ... Resigned from his front-office position with Maple Leafs in May 2004 to run for a seat in Canada's House of Commons, beginning June 2004. ... Elected to Canada's House of Commons as a Liberal Party representative of Ontario's York Centre on June 28, 2004, and held his seat until losing an election to Conservative Mark Adler in 2011 ... Chosen by Canadian prime minister Paul Martin as Canada's Minister of Social Development on July 20, 2004, and held that position until 2006.

Non-Playing Career

Named Toronto Maple Leafs president on May 30, 1997, and remained in that position until June 27, 2003. ... Served as Toronto general manager from 1997-1999. ... Named vice chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. on June 27, 2003, and remained in that position until May 17, 2004.
Worked as color commentator for ABC telecasts of 1980, 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic hockey. He is best remembered as a broadcaster for having been in the booth with Al Michaels when the "Miracle on Ice" took place at Lake Place in 1980 and Michaels said "Do You Believe in Miracles ... Yes".


Selected by Los Angeles Sharks in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft, February 1972. Signed three-year, $10,000 contract to play for Canadian national team on July 15, 1969. Planned to play three years for Canada through 1972 Olympics while attending law school. Rejected minimum $50,000 contract with Montreal for 1969-70 to join Team Canada.
Left Team Canada after it quit all events, including Olympics, to protest IIHF eligibility rules. Turned pro only after Montreal promised to let him go to McGill law school during the season. Was first NHL goalie to oppose his brother in net during a game (March 20, 1971, vs. Buffalo). Remains only player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy before Calder Trophy.
Won Montreal Molson Cup as team's Three Stars leader in 1972-73 season. Sat out 1973-74 season after Montreal refused to renegotiate final year of two-year contract. Served as Toronto (WHA) TV broadcaster while working at a local law firm in 1973-74. Did not know until 10 years after 1964 draft that he had been chosen by Boston, not Montreal.
Set Montreal single-season record (since broken) with a .922 save percentage in 1977-78. Retired with Montreal record (since broken) for career playoff games by goalie (112). Named to the all-time NCAA Tournament All-Star team by NCAA hockey panel in 1997. Ranked by The Hockey News in 1997 as the 25th greatest NHL player of all time.
Total Selected:24
Defense: 6
Goaltenders: 1
Position n/a: 4
Major Junior: 0
College Players: 0
American: 0
Euro-Canadian: 1
Reached NHL: 9
Won Stanley Cup: 1
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 3
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 0
Picks Traded: 0

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