Ken Dryden was born on August 8, 1947 in Hamilton, Ontario, the younger brother to Dave Dryden, another retired NHL goaltender.

Dryden obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York while backstopping the university hockey team.

While the starting goaltender for the professional ice hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens (National Hockey League, aka NHL), Dryden managed to attend law school first at the University of Manitoba and, later, at McGill University in Montreal, from where he obtained his law degree, an LL.B.

Ken DrydenFrom 1971 to 1979, his hockey team won the league championship, the Stanley cup, a remarkable six times, in no small measure due to the steady goal-tending of the 6'4" #29.

In 1973, he surprised his club by resigning and joining the Toronto law firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt in Toronto as an articling student with an paltry annual salary of $7,500.

It turned out to be but a young lawyer's sabbatical and the next season, 1974-1975, he returned to the Canadiens to more ice hockey glory.

His career statistics are off the charts: in 397 games played, his record is 258-57-74 (wins, losses and ties), registering a shutout an average of once every eigth game. He is tied with Jacques Plante for the most Stanley Cups won by an NHL goalie, and Dryden won his six in 8 seasons; Plante needed 18.

In 1983, Dryden was inducted to the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame.

After his hockey career, he wrote The Game in 1983, a celebrated book on hockey in Canada. In 1983, the government of Ontario appointed Dryden Youth Commissioner. He also taught at the University of Toronto and worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education. In 1996, he was appointed to investigate an incident at the University of Moncton, where student players beat up the referee on the ice.

In 1997, he was appointed President of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

In 2004, the gentle giant tried his hand at federal politics and was elected as a Liberal Party member of Parliament for the riding of York Centre (Toronto), and re-elected in 2006 and again in 2008.

In 2006, he ran for national leader of the political party which, had he of been successful, would of made him Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada's Parliament.