Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Manny Fernandez
Born in Etobicoke, Ontario on August 27, 1974 Emmanuel "Manny" Fernandez spent three seasons of junior hockey with the Laval Titan of the QMJHL. Fernandez was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1992 after his first season with the Titan. During his last year with the team, his rights were dealt by the Nordiques to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Tommy Sjodin and a 3rd-round draft choice that became Chris Drury. Fernandez finished his junior career on a solid note being named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and turned pro with the Stars IHL affiliate in Kalamazoo in 1994.

Fernandez played 46 games with the Kalamazoo Wings and earned an NHL call up that year for one game with the Stars. Over the next four years Fernandez honed his game in the minors and played nine games in the NHL. In the summer of 1999 the Dallas Stars traded their back up netminder Roman Turek to the St. Louis Blues opening up a roster spot for Fernandez in the NHL. Given a solid opportunity to make a name for himself as an NHL goalie, Fernandez responded, playing 24 games with Dallas and recording a stellar 2.13 goals-against average.

After his first year as an NHL regular, Fernandez was given an even greater opportunity. The NHL expanded, adding franchises in Columbus, Ohio and Minnesota, and the Stars, concerned they would lose their backup netminder for nothing in the Expansion Draft, dealt Fernandez to the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild had hired Fernandez's uncle, Hockey Hall of Famer Jacques Lemaire, as head coach and the franchise was in need of a number one netminder. Fernandez was given the opportunity to split games with veteran Jamie McLennan and Manny rose to the challenge. With the Wild, Fernandez played 42 games, recording a winning record for the first-year team and setting a record for goals against average on an expansion club with a 2.24 mark and became instrumental in the Wild's drive to their first playoff spot in its brief history in 2003.

After suiting up for Lulea in Sweden for 19 games during the NHL lockout, Fernandez returned to the NHL in 2005-06 with the Wild and recorded a career-high 30 wins. He followed up that season with a strong 2006-07 campaign where he and fellow Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom captured the William M. Jennings Trophy. The two also combined to earn the NHL's top defensive record with a league-low 191 team goals against.

In 2009, this time as a member of the Boston Bruins, Fernandez would once again be awarded the Jennings Trophy, this time with teammate Tim Thomas.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 20 13 5 0 3 3.52 3 2 1 0 0 3.98
1991-92 Laval Titan QMJHL 31 14 12 2 1 3.73 9 3 5 0 5.00
1992-93 Laval Titan QMJHL 43 26 11 2 1 3.61 13 12 1 0 3.08
1992-93 Laval Titan M-Cup 5 2 3 0 0 3.40
1993-94 Laval Titan QMJHL 51 31 16 1 5 3.11 19 14 5 1 2.63
1993-94 Laval Titan M-Cup 5 2 3 0 0 3.36
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 46 21 10 9 2 2.79 14 10 2 1 2.71
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.05
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 1 1 0 4.58
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 47 22 15 9 4 3.00 6 5 1 0 2.26
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 48 20 24 2 2 3.13 4 1 3 0 3.25
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 2 1 0 0 0 1.74 1 0 0 0 0.00
1997-98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 55 27 17 5 5 2.76 2 0 2 0 4.73
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 1 0 0 2.00
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 50 34 6 9 2 2.36 19 11 8 1 2.61
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 24 11 8 3 1 2.13 1 0 0 0 3.53
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 19 17 4 4 2.24
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 44 12 24 5 1 3.05
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 35 19 13 2 2 2.24 9 3 4 0 1.96
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 11 14 9 2 2.49
2004-05 Lulea HF Sweden 19 2 2.77 3 0 4.90
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 58 30 18 7 1 2.29
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 44 22 16 1 2 2.55
2007-08 Boston Bruins NHL 4 2 2 0 1 3.93
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 28 16 8 3 1 2.59
NHL Totals 325 143 123 35 15 2.50 11 3 4 0 1.99


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1994)
QMJHL MVP (1994)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1995) William M. Jennings Trophy (2007) (shared with Niklas Backstrom)
William M. Jennings Trophy (2009) (shared with Tim Thomas)
Rights traded to Dallas by Quebec for Tommy Sjodin and Dallas' 3rd round pick (Chris Drury) in 1994 NHL Draft, February 13, 1994. Traded to Minnesota by Dallas with Brad Lukowich for Minnesota's 3rd round pick (Joel Lundqvist) in 2000 NHL Draft and Minnesota's 4th round pick (later traded back to Minnesota - later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Aaron Rome) in 2002 NHL Draft, June 12, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), December 18, 2004. Traded to Boston by Minnesota for Petr Kalus and Boston's 4th round pick (Alexander Fallstrom) in 2009 NHL Draft, July 1, 2007. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to back and knee injuries.
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