Shutouts are common in any sport that has a goalie defending a net. Other sports such as soccer and lacrosse have the potential for a goalie shutout. Shutouts can also happen in games where the other team is scoreless throughout the game, regardless if the sport has a goalie or not. For example, a baseball team that doesn't allow the opposing team to score a run would also be considered a shutout.
Martin Brodeur has the most goaltender shutouts in NHL history. Brodeur played on the New Jersey Devils from 1991 to 2014, ending his career with 125 shutouts. Brodeur played his last season on the St. Louis Blues, contributing an extra shutout to his career statistics through that season. Throughout his career, Brodeur won three Stanley Cup Championships and won two gold Olympic Medals in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Terry Sawchuk has the second highest career shutouts, with 103 total.
George Hainsworth, a goalie from the Montreal Canadiens, currently holds the record for the most shutouts in an NHL season. In the Canadiens 1928-1929 season, Hainsworth played a total of 44 games, half of which were shutouts. His record-breaking 22 shutout season has yet to be beaten, with the second-highest season of 15 shutouts tied between Ottawa Senators Alec Connell, Boston Bruins Hal Winkler, and Chicago Blackhawks Tony Esposito.
In the previous NHL season, Connor Hellebuyck from the Winnipeg Jets had a total of 6 shutouts. Although the 2019-2020 season was put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hellebuyck was still able to win 21 games out of their 58 game season. Many players, including Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vegas Golden Knights, Tuukka Rask from the Boston Bruins, and Elvis Merzlikins from the Columbus Blue Jackets also were trailing close behind with 5 shutouts each.
In Alec Connell's 1928-1929 season with the Ottawa Senators, Connell went a total of 460 minutes and 49 seconds of gameplay without allowing a single goal. The first game started on January 28th, 1928 and he held a complete shutout until February 22nd, 1928. The season after, George Hainsworth of the Montreal Canadiens went 343 minutes and 5 seconds with a shutout.