More Information, Pranks, Quirks, Quotes, and Superstitions
Many have asked Chris the reason for him wearing his old plain, blue, undecorated helmet, and why he doesn't switch to a newer, more stylish, safer helmet, like most other goaltenders.
He simply tells them that he has always worn his helmet, it is more comfortable, and he can see much better in it, as opposed to the new style.
He said he has tried other helmets, but he likes his best. He also added that he just might get a new one in the future, but the design that is to go on it is still undecided.
Most goaltenders get theirs painted as a reflection of thier attitude, or personality, In my opinion, the helmet Ozzie has already matches his mild-mannered (usually), quiet persona just fine, although he might want to consider something like a dragon to put on his helmet, for his "on-ice" additude. ;-) Just a thought...
More to come soon!
Here's a little story that my friend Holly found at a Medicine Hat City website.
Chris Osgood National Hockey League Player Medicine Hat has produced its share of hockey greats and among them is goaltender Chris Osgood. From the age of five, Chris loved to play hockey both as a forward and as a goalie. A few years later he was handpicked to mind the net full-time. The position has suited him well as he has become one of the best goaltenders in professional hockey today. Born November 26, 1972, Chris grew up in Medicine Hat with his mother and brother. His favourite pastime was playing street hockey with his friends-all pretending to be NHL stars. Chris played all his minor hockey in the Medicine Hat community. His Grandpa Sheuer had a special role in those years, taking him to games and cheering him on when his mother couldn't be there. Chris went on to play the majority of his junior hockey career with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Known as an outstanding stick-handler, Chris became only the second goaltender in WHL history to score a goal. He later repeated this feat as a Detroit Red Wing, becoming the third goalie in National Hockey League history to find the open net at the far end of the ice. Chris was chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in the June, 1991 entry draft. He made his National Hockey League debut in 1993 and played in 40 more games that year. His breakthrough year came in 1995-96 when he lead the NHL with a record of 39-6-5 and tied for first in the league with a 2.17 goals-against average. He also set a franchise record with a 21-game unbeaten streak. That season Chris played his first NHL All-Star Game and shared the William Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals against during the regular season. Chris saw more dreams come true the following season when he recorded a career-best six shutouts and earned his first Stanley Cup. In 1998 the coveted Cup was in his hands once again, a victory even sweeter this time as his netminding played a key role in the Red Wings win. Chris went 16-6 in 22 playoff games, allowing just 48 goals while achieving a 2.12 goals-against average. On both occasions, Chris brought the Stanley Cup back to Medicine Hat to share his triumphant victory with his dedicated hometown friends and fans. In October of 1999 Chris posted his 25th NHL career shut out and he continues to break more records in the Detroit franchise book. Shouts of "Ozzie" and screams from excited fans fill the arena in Detroit whenever this popular player hits the ice. As Ozzie himself puts it, "it doesn't get any better in the NHL than playing for the Detroit Red Wings." While he would love to win another Stanley Cup, Chris Osgood's personal aim is to become the best goaltender in the National Hockey League.
Note: Most of this information was from the backs of sports cards and newspapers. I didn't write it.