Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Billington
Since making his NHL debut in 1985-86, goalie Craig Billington has made over 300 appearances for five different clubs. Although his role has chiefly been as a backup, he has experienced the full gamut of defensive support ranging from the powerful Colorado Avalanche to the early struggles of the Ottawa Senators.

The native of London, Ontario played junior B with the local Diamonds before heading to the OHL's Belleville Bulls. After recording 20 wins in 1983-84, Billington was chosen 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the Entry Draft. The young talent remained in junior and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team after registering 26 wins in 1984-85.

During his first five years as pro, Billington started a few games in New Jersey but spent more time with Utica of the AHL. In 1987-88, he led the league with 59 appearances and three years later spent a season with the Canadian National Team. He returned to the Devils in 1991-92 and played 26 games as a back up to Chris Terreri. The next year he won 21 games for New Jersey and participated in the NHL All-Star Game.

Billington was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 1993-94 before joining the Boston Bruins in 1994-95 where he served as Bill Ranford's backup. He then filled the same role behind Patrick Roy for the Colorado Avalanche for three years beginning in 1996-97. Billington's latest move came in 1999-00 which saw him join the Washington Capitals where he spelled Olaf Kolzig for three seasons before calling it a career after five games in 2002-03.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1982-83 Thayer Academy High-MA 23 0 3.41
1983-84 Belleville Bulls OHL 44 20 19 0 1 4.16 1 0 0 0 6.00
1984-85 Belleville Bulls OHL 47 26 19 0 1 4.25 14 7 5 1 3.71
1984-85 Canada WJC-A 5 3 0 2 1 2.60
1985-86 Belleville Bulls OHL 3 2 1 0 0 3.67 20 9 6 0 3.60
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 5 4 1 0 0 2.80
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 4 9 1 0 5.13
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 4 13 2 0 4.79
1986-87 Maine Mariners AHL 20 9 8 2 0 3.65
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 59 22 27 8 1 3.67
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 1 1 0 0 4.71
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 41 17 18 6 2 3.70 4 1 3 0 4.91
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 38 20 13 1 0 3.97
1990-91 Canada Nat-Tm 34 17 14 2 2 3.51
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 3 0 0 1 0 3.91
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 13 7 1 2 3.04
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 21 16 4 2 3.67 2 0 1 0 3.85
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 11 41 4 0 4.59
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 6 2 0 4.07
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 8 5 1 0 0 3.06 1 0 0 0 2.40
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 27 10 13 3 1 3.43 1 0 1 0 6.00
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 11 8 2 1 2.65 1 0 0 0 3.00
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 8 7 4 1 2.32 1 0 0 0 0.00
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 11 8 1 0 2.87 1 0 0 0 6.67
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 13 3 6 1 2 2.75 1 0 0 0 3.00
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 3 5 2 0 2.45
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 17 4 5 3 0 3.04
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 5 1 3 1 0 4.70
NHL Totals 332 110 149 31 9 3.62 8 0 2 0 4.22


Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1985)
OHL First All-Star Team (1985) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993)
Traded to Ottawa by New Jersey with Troy Mallette and New Jersey's 4th round pick (Cosmo Dupaul) in 1993 NHL Draft for Peter Sidorkiewicz and future considerations (Mike Peluso, June 26, 1993), June 20, 1993. Traded to Boston by Ottawa for NY Islanders' 8th round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Ray Schultz) in 1995 NHL Draft, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Florida, September 5, 1996. Claimed by Colorado from Florida in Waiver Draft, September 30, 1996. Traded to Washington by Colorado for future considerations, July 16, 1999.
Officially announced retirement, January 7, 2003.
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