Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mathieu Biron
Born in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, hulking defenseman Mathieu Biron was a first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. A graduate of the QMJHL Shawinigan Cataractes, Biron was traded away in a blockbuster deal before he could suit up for Kings. Biron became a New York Islander in the deal that saw snipers Zigmund Palffy and Bryan Smolinski head to the West Coast.

Biron stepped directly into the Islanders lineup and played 60 games for them while contributing 8 points. The off-season additions of veterans Roman Hamrlik and Garry Galley as well as journeyman Aris Brimanis crowded the Islanders defense core and the young Biron soon found himself the odd man out. After just 14 games with the New York in 2000-01, Biron was sent to the minors.

Biron spent the rest of that campaign toiling in the minors with the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters and the Springfield Falcons. Islander General Manager Mike Milbury was aggressively retooling his club in the summer of 2001 and completed trades for Alexei Yashin, Mike Peca and Adrian Aucoin in rapid succession. The Aucoin addition came at the expense of Biron who was now property of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning found room in their line up for the 6'6 defenseman 36 times and Biron was unable to register a point. Biron was obviously still a raw, inexperienced blue liner and his positioning needed work, but he impressed the coaching staff with his passing and his outlet passes. The rest of his season was spent back in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons where he scored four goals and 13 points.

After only one season in Tampa Bay, Biron was on the move once again this time finding his way to the Florida Panthers lineup while also seeing action with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. In the summer of 2005, Biron was acquired by the Washington Capitals where he would compete in 52 games. On August 9, 2006 the San Jose Sharks signed Biron as a free agent and was later dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Patrick Traverse.

On the international stage, Biron represented Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championships, where he was a WJC All-Star.

Biron's older brother Martin is a member of the Buffalo Sabres.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 40 4 22 26 49 10 3 4 7
1997-98 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 59 8 28 36 60 +18 6 0 1 1 10
1998-99 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 69 13 32 45 116 +7 6 0 2 2 6
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 60 4 4 8 38 -13
1999-00 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 8 +2
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 14 0 1 1 12 +2
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 22 1 3 4 17 -6
2000-01 Springfield Falcons AHL 34 0 6 6 18 -10
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 36 0 0 0 12 -16
2001-02 Springfield Falcons AHL 35 4 9 13 16 +5
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 34 1 8 9 14 -18
2002-03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 43 3 8 11 58 +3
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 57 3 10 13 51 -13
2004-05
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 52 4 9 13 50 -11
2006-07 Worcester Sharks AHL 24 3 15 18 42 +7
2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 53 7 14 21 52 +9 22 2 6 8 33
2007-08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 35 6 6 12 38 -12
2008-09 Frankfurt Lions Germany 49 5 16 21 82 5 0 1 1 6
2009-10 Hamburg Freezers Germany 56 5 19 24 102
NHL Totals 253 12 32 44 177


Brother of Martin
WJC-A All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles with Olli Jokinen, Josh Green and Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Taylor Pyatt) in 1999 NHL Draft for Ziggy Palffy, Brian Smolinski, Marcel Cousineau and New Jersey's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 NHL Draft, June 20, 1999. Traded to Tampa Bay by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 2nd round pick (later traded to Washington - later traded to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Denis Grot) in 2002 NHL Draft for Adrian Aucoin and Alexander Kharitonov, June 22, 2001. Claimed by Columbus from Tampa Bay in Waiver Draft, October 4, 2002. Traded to Florida by Columbus for Petr Tenkrat, October 4, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 10, 2005. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 9, 2006. Traded to Montreal by San Jose for Patrick Traverse, December 15, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Hamburg (Germany), June 18, 2009.
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