Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Dunham
Mike Dunham played high school hockey at Canterbury High in Conneticut. In 1990-91, he enrolled at the University of Maine and won 14 games as a freshman. In 1991-92, he played in only six games but was perfect, going 6-0-0. In 1992-93, Dunham went an incredible 21-1-1.

Dunham turned pro with the AHL's Albany River Rats after the 1994 Winter Olympics where he and Garth Snow who was also his teammate at Maine shared the netminding duties for Team USA. He played five games before the end of the 1993-94 season. In 1994-95, he shared goaltending duties with Corey Schwab and won the Hap Holmes Trophy for lowest team GAA. and backstopped the River Rats to the 1995 Calder Cup championship.

Dunham was selected 53rd overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, however, it wasn't until 1996-97 that he made his NHL debut. He wound up playing in 26 games as the Devils won the Atlantic Division. That year, he won the Jennings Trophy with goaltending partner Martin Brodeur for the lowest team goals against average. With Martin Brodeur firmly entrenched as the Devils' number-one goaltender, the team left Dunham unprotected in the 1998 Expansion Draft, and he was chosen by the Nashville Predators.

In his first season with his new team, Dunham faced a heavy workload, starting 44 games, coming away with 16 victories. In 1999-2000, he had his playing time increased to 52 games, winning 19 games. In 2000-01, he posted a 21-21-4 record with a 92.3 save percentage with a 2.28 goals against average and four shutouts in 48 games.

Dunham was named to the 2002 United States Olympic team and captured a silver medal at the Salt Lake City Games and was subsequently traded to the New York Rangers early into the 2002-03 season to fill the void left by starting netminder Mike Richter who was out for the season with post concussion syndrome. In 2003-04, the Rangers struggles continued and for the seventh straight season missed the post season. Once the 2003-04 season came to an end, Dunham joined the United States World Championship team in Prague, Czech Republic, and helped the U.S. capture the bronze medal.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Dunham was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2005. That following season Dunham was sidelined for 28 games with a groin injury and would compete in 17 games with the Thrashers.

In the summer of 2006, Dunham was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1987-88 The Canterbury School High-CT 29 4 2.38
1988-89 The Canterbury School High-CT 25 2 2.52
1989-90 The Canterbury School High-CT 32 3 1.96
1990-91 University of Maine H-East 23 14 5 2 0 2.96
1990-91 United States WJC-A 3 1 2 0 0 3.67
1991-92 University of Maine H-East 7 6 0 0 1 2.20
1991-92 United States WJC-A 6 5 0 1 2.33
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 3 0 1 1 0 3.82
1991-92 United States Olympics
1991-92 United States WC-A 3 0 1 0 3.92
1992-93 University of Maine H-East 25 21 1 1 0 2.65
1992-93 United States WC-A 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 33 22 9 2 2 3.78
1993-94 United States Olympics 3 0 1 2 0 5.00
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 5 2 2 1 0 5.12
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 35 20 7 8 1 2.80 7 6 1 1 2.86
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 44 30 10 2 1 2.52 3 1 2 1 1.65
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 8 7 1 2 2.55
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 3 1 1 1 0 3.91
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 5 5 3 1 2.25
1997-98 United States WC-A 2 0 1 0 0 6.00
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 44 16 23 3 1 3.08
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 52 19 27 6 0 2.85
1999-00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 48 21 21 4 4 2.28
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 58 23 24 9 3 2.61
2001-02 United States Olympics 1 1 0 0 1 0.00
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 15 2 9 2 0 3.15
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 43 19 17 5 5 2.29
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 57 16 30 6 2 3.03
2003-04 United States WC-A 4 1 3 0 0 2.53
2004-05 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 13 4 2.97
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 17 8 5 2 1 2.77
2005-06 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 2 2 0 0 0 2.50
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 19 4 10 3 0 3.74
NHL Totals 394 141 178 44 19 2.74


WJC-A All-Star Team (1992)
Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1992)
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1993)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1993)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1995) (shared with Corey Schwab)
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (Playoff MVP - AHL) (1995) (co-winner - Corey Schwab)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1996)
William M. Jennings Trophy (1997) (shared with Martin Brodeur)
Claimed by Nashville from New Jersey in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Traded to NY Rangers by Nashville for Rem Murray, Tomas Kloucek and Marek Zidlicky, December 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Skelleftea (Sweden-2), January 31, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, September 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September 29, 2006. Officially announced his retirement, September 10, 2007.
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