Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marc Lamothe
Goaltender Marc Lamothe played his Junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs before being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1992. When he turned pro in 1994, the Canadiens were breaking in netminders Patrick Labrecque and Martin Brochu, which left no room for Lamothe who instead spent the bulk of his rookie season with the Wheeling Thunderbirds of East Coast Hockey League. During his second year Montreal gave him a spot on their main farm team, but he didn't see much action but did make 23 appearances. By season's end, it was clear he didn't factor into the Canadiens plans and he was released to free agency.

The Chicago Blackhawks offered Lamothe a contract, which led to three seasons in Indianapolis with their top affiliate. With Indianapolis, Lamothe platooned with number of different goalies and honed his game while waiting for his chance. In 1999 the big goaltender left Indianapolis to play in Cleveland, though he was till property of Chicago. Early in the 1999-00 campaign, Lamothe got the call from the Blackhawks who needed him to suit up as Jocelyn Thibault's back up as in injury fill in for Steve Passmore.

Just four minutes into the game Thibault went down with an injury himself and Lamothe gathered his gear on the Chicago bench and skated into the crease to make his NHL debut. The St. Louis Blues, however, were merciless and gave the rookie goaltender a baptism by fire. When the buzzer sounded they had beaten him seven times en route to an 8-3 victory. He was able to build some confidence after this tough first game a week later when he stopped 22 of 25 shots versus the Boston Bruins and posted his first big league victory.

After the season was over Lamothe and Chicago parted ways and he signed a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but spent the entire year in the minors. Then after a year with that organization he was on the move again, this time signing on to join the Edmonton Oilers. Lamothe played well in camp for Edmonton, but in the end the Oilers elected to go with a rookie Finnish goaltender to back up incumbent Tommy Salo and Lamothe joined the Hamilton Bulldogs for the AHL.

In the summer of 2002, the Detroit Red Wings signed the free-agent goaltender and upon his arrival with the organization, he went on to spend the majority of his playing time with the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids before making his first NHL start during the 2003-04 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A 25 13 7 0 1 4.03
1991-92 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 42 10 25 2 1 4.77
1992-93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 45 23 12 6 1 3.91 15 8 5 1 3.82
1993-94 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 48 23 20 5 2 3.76 6 2 2 0 3.21
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 9 2 5 0 0 4.48
1994-95 Wheeling Thunderbirds ECHL 13 9 2 1 0 3.10
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 23 5 9 3 1 3.76 3 1 2 0 3.36
1996-97 Indianapolis Ice IHL 38 20 14 4 1 2.64 1 0 0 0 3.00
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 31 18 10 2 3 2.44 4 1 3 0 3.38
1998-99 Indianapolis Ice IHL 32 9 16 6 1 3.78 6 3 3 2 1.77
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 1 1 0 0 5.17
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 44 19 18 4 2 2.74 4 2 2 0 2.21
2000-01 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 17 15 7 2 2.89
2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 45 22 19 2 3 2.38 9 6 3 0 1.96
2002-03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 60 33 18 8 6 2.13 15 10 5 1 1.84
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 1 0 1 0 1.44
2003-04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 43 21 16 5 4 2.06 4 0 3 0 3.60
2004-05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 55 6 1.61 9 0 2.42
2005-06 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 42 4 1.99 4 1 2.26
2006-07 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 42 5 2.21 4 1 1.64
NHL Totals 4 2 1 1 0 3.23


AHL First All-Star Team (2003)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (2003) (shared with Joey MacDonald)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Outstanding Goaltender - AHL) (2003)
Signed as a free agent by Chicago, September 26, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 16, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 5, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), June 14, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Cherepovets (Russia), July 22, 2005.
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