Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Fountain
Goalkeeper Mike Fountain's NHL career was shorter than most scouts anticipated. He was a highly regarded junior but only played a few games for the Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes in the late 90s.

Born in the Toronto suburb of North York, Fountain started his junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. After a year in the Soo he joined the Oshawa Generals for two seasons where he became one of the best amateur netminders in the world. He was named the to the OHL first all-star team in 1992 and was the spare goaltender for Canada at that year's World Junior Championships. In the summer he was the Vancouver Canucks' 3rd choice, 45th overall, at the NHL Entry Draft. Fountain split the 1992-93 season between the Canadian national team and the Hamilton Canucks of the AHL.

The young netminder enjoyed his finest season as a pro with Hamilton in 1993-94. He led the AHL with 34 wins, 4,005 minutes played and four shutouts and was placed on the league's second all-star team. Fountain played three more years with the franchise after it became the Syracuse Crunch. In 1996-97 he recorded a shutout and two wins in six appearances for Vancouver but the team stuck with Kirk McLean and Corey Hirsch in goal.

Fountain signed as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes in August 1997 but spent most of his time with New Haven of the AHL until inking a deal with the Ottawa Senators in July 1999. He made one appearance in Ottawa but spent most of his time posting a 21-7-4 record while helping the Grand Rapids Griffins finish at the top of the IHL's Eastern Division. During the 2000-01 season he backstopped the Griffins to a IHL-best 113 points while being recalled once by the Senators. At the start of the 2001-02 season Fountain stood in the top ten on the AHL's all-time win list.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1988-89 Huntsville Blair McCanns ON-Jr.C 22 18 3 2 0 3.77
1989-90 Chatham Micmacs ON-Jr.B 21 0 3.65
1990-91 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 7 5 2 0 0 3.00
1990-91 Oshawa Generals OHL 30 17 5 1 0 3.40 8 1 4 0 5.34
1991-92 Oshawa Generals OHL 40 18 13 6 1 3.96 7 3 4 0 3.64
1991-92 Canada WJC-A
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 13 7 5 1 1 2.98
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 12 2 8 0 0 4.47
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 70 34 28 6 4 3.61 3 0 2 0 4.92
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 61 25 29 7 2 3.73
1995-96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 54 21 27 3 1 3.61 15 8 7 2 3.74
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 2 2 0 1 3.43
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 25 8 14 2 1 3.20 2 0 2 0 6.02
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 0 3 0 0 3.68
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 50 25 19 5 3 2.85
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 51 23 24 3 2 3.01
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3.75
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 36 21 7 4 3 2.50 1 0 0 0 12.00
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.05
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 52 34 10 6 6 2.08 8 5 3 1 2.41
2001-02 Lada Togliatti Russia 43 14 1.36 4 0 1.68
2002-03 Lada Togliatti Russia 21 5 1.80 3 0 3.00
2003-04 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 34 2 3.19
2004-05 Mechel Chelyabinsk Russia-2 17 5 1.19 8 2 2.01
2004-05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 3 0 3 0 0 3.38
2006-07 Lada Togliatti Russia 16 3 2.27
2007-08 Lada Togliatti Russia 54 3 2.55 4 0 3.01
2008-09 Lada Togliatti KHL 14 0 2.63
NHL Totals 11 2 6 0 1 3.47


OHL First All-Star Team (1992)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1994)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2001)
Recorded shutout (3-0) in NHL debut vs. New Jersey, November 14, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 19, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 30, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), August 21, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Motor City (UHL), December 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Chelyabinsk (Russia), January 6, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), August 18, 2006.
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