Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Raymond Giroux
Defenseman Ray Giroux was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1994 but his NHL debut took place with the New York Islanders instead.

After being selected by Philadelphia the North Bay, Ontario native elected to pursue a hockey career, and an education, at Yale University. In four years of collegiate hockey, Giroux established himself as a solid defensive defenseman, but also a skilled playmaker. Giroux enjoyed a rock-solid Senior year when he served as the team's captain, set a team record for points and assists by defenseman while also leading the ECAC in points from that postion. The accolades continued to come when he was named the ECAC's best defensive defenseman, an All-American and a Hobey Baker Finalist.

Despite his incredible campaing, the Flyers traded Giroux to the New York Islanders the summer before he was set to begin his professional career. Giroux joined the Islanders farm club in Lowell and was an All-Star during his rookie pro season.

During his second year in the organization Giroux got the call from the Islanders and spent 14 games with the big club. Giroux flashed his offensive skills by showcasing his excellent passing ability with nine assists in the 14 game stretch.

In the off-season Giroux accepted an offer to continue his career in Europe. He spent the 2000-01 splitting his time between the Swedish Elite League and the Finnish circuit. His timing was poor however, because a solid opportunity had presented itself back with the Islanders. New York suffered though a lengthy string of injuries to their defenseman which would have provided Giroux with a solid chance to become an every day NHL player.

After just one year in Europe, Giroux returned to the Islanders, but spent the bulk of his time with their American Hockey League affiliate the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport. Giroux scored 13 goals and 53 points in 79 games and added eight more in 19 playoff games as the Sound Tigers advanced to the Calder Cup Finals in their inaugural season.

Giroux signed with the New Jersey Devils in the Summer of 2002 and appeared in 11 games for the eventual 2003 Stanley Cup champions while seeing the majority of his action with the AHL's Albany River Rats. The former Yale graduate spent two seasons with the Devils organization before being acquired by the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Powassan Hawks NOHA 45 8 18 26 117
1993-94 Powassan Hawks NOJHA 36 10 40 50 42
1994-95 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 27 1 3 4 8
1995-96 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 30 3 16 19 36
1996-97 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 32 9 12 21 38
1997-98 Yale University Bulldogs ECAC 35 9 30 39 62
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 59 13 19 32 92 -6 3 1 1 2 0
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 14 0 9 9 10 0
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 49 12 21 33 34 -6 7 0 0 0 2
2000-01 HIFK Helsinki Finland 22 3 9 12 34
2000-01 AIK Solna Sweden 9 0 1 1 16
2000-01 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 24 4 9 13 16 5 0 0 0 0
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 79 13 40 53 73 19 1 7 8 20
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 0 1 1 6 -2
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 67 11 38 49 49
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 0 3 3 4 -3 4 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Albany River Rats AHL 65 11 17 28 34 -20
2004-05 Houston Aeros AHL 70 13 20 33 54 +10 5 0 0 0 13
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 46 9 11 20 56 13 3 8 11 14
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 50 13 27 40 83 16 3 5 8 22
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 57 13 21 34 61 10 2 2 4 2
2008-09 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 54 2 13 15 38 3 0 0 0 0
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 51 3 11 14 42 4 0 1 1 0
2010-11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 37 4 11 15 52
2011-12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 48 5 13 18 30 14 0 2 2 12
NHL Totals 38 0 13 13 22 4 0 0 0 0


ECAC First All-Star Team (1998)
ECAC - Player of the Year (1998)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1998)
AHL First All-Star Team (2003)
Rights traded to NY Islanders by Philadelphia for NY Islanders' 6th round pick (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Scott Selig) in 2000 NHL Draft, August 25, 1998. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 7, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), September 11, 2005.
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