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Chris Osgood, 49, has now been retired for 11 years

Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the Chris Osgood retirement and debate still rages about whether he should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He turns 50 in November.

Osgood is the only NHL goalie who has both Stanley Cup rings and 400 career wins who isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

Curtis Joseph posted more than 400 wins, but has no Cup. Henrik Lundqvist is another 400+ win goalie without a Cup. But he will likely enter the Hall of Fame when he is eligible. Lundqvist owns Olympic and World Championship gold.

Osgood’s credentials include three Stanley Cups. As Detroit Hockey Now has written, Chris Osgood would likely be in the Hall of Fame had Detroit won the Game 7 against Pittsburgh in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. He might have won the Conn Smythe if the Red Wings won.

Over his career, Osgood was chosen to play in four NHL All-Star Games. He was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1995-96, when he led the NHL with 29 wins. He’s a two-time winner of the Jennings Trophy, was a Vezina Trophy runner-up in 1995-96 and played for five President’s Trophy-winning teams.

Osgood’s 401 wins rank 13th all-time in the NHL. He’s ninth in playoffs with 74 wins and owns a .574 postseason winning percentage.

Today, his Red Wings’ popularity lives on as an analyst for Bally Sports.

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