Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon was born January 9, 1980 in Chandler, Quebec. The second round, 44th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Garon is a graduate of the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres.

A promising young netminder, Garon enjoyed an award-filled tenure in the QMJHL. During his rookie year in 1995-96, the Chandler, QC native was a QMJHL All-Rookie Team member and the Defensive Rookie of the Year. In the 1997-98 season, he collected the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award and CHL First Team All-Star honors, the Jacques Plante Trophy for the best QMJHL goaltender, as well as QMJHL All-Star honors. That year, Garon went 27-28-2 with a 2.68 GAA. After three years in Victoriaville, Montreal promoted him to their AHL affiliate in Fredericton in 1998-99 and he went to play parts of two seasons in the AHL before earning his first NHL call-up in 2000-01. He appeared in eleven games, going 4-5-1 with a 2.44 GAA.

Over the course of the next two seasons, Garon split his time with the AHL and Montreal before becoming the number two netminder behind Jose Theodore in 2003-04. In his first full season with Montreal, Garon finished with a 8-6-2 record and 2.27 GAA, before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings as part of a three-way trade with the Kings and Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2004.

As a member of the L.A. Kings, Garon started 95 games over two seasons and improved a struggling Western Conference club. The following off-season, Garon became an unrestricted free agent and signed a two-year, $2.2 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. As an Oiler, Garon essentially replaced former starting goaltender Dwayne Roloson throughout the 2007-08 season.

As part of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Garon would win the first Stanley Cup of his career in June of 2009 in a nail-biting 7-game series.

Internationally, aside from his appearance at the 1998 World Junior Championship, Garon represented Canada at the 2008 World Championship and earned a silver medal.

Garon signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2009. He would play two seasons in Columbus, recording 12 and 10 wins respectively.

In the summer of 2011, again an unrestriced free agent, Garon signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1993-94 Jonquiere Elites QAAA 17 0 13 0 0 6.33
1994-95 Jonquiere Elites QAAA 27 13 13 1 0 3.63 9 6 2 0 0 3.34
1995-96 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 51 18 27 0 1 4.17 12 7 4 0 1 3.37
1996-97 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 53 29 18 3 6 2.93 6 2 4 0 0 4.18
1997-98 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 47 27 18 2 5 2.68 6 2 4 0 0 3.82
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 5 1.91
1998-99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 40 14 22 2 3 3.08 6 1 1 0 3.47
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 53 17 28 3 2 3.10 1 0 0 0 8.82
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 4 5 1 2 2.44
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 31 16 13 1 1 2.92 8 4 4 1 2.88
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 1 4 0 0 4.37
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 50 21 15 12 2 2.73 3 0 3 0 3.63
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 3 5 0 2 1.99
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 20 15 2 2 4 1.77
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 8 6 2 0 2.27 1 0 0 0 0.00
2004-05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 52 32 14 4 8 2.12 6 2 4 0 3.58
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 31 26 3 4 3.22
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 13 10 6 2 2.66
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 26 18 1 4 2.66
2007-08 Canada WC-A
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 6 8 0 0 3.17
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 2 1 0 0 2.91 1 0 0 0 0.00
2009-10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 35 12 9 6 2 2.81
2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 10 14 6 3 2.72
2011-12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 23 16 4 1 2.85
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 5 9 2 0 2.90
2013-14 Avangard Omsk Region KHL 18 5 9 0 0 2.35
NHL Totals 341 144 131 31 20 2.82 2 0 0 0 0.00


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1996)
QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1996)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1998)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1998)
Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1998)
Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal with San Jose's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Paul Baier) in 2004 NHL Draft for Radek Bonk and Cristobal Huet, June 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 3, 2007. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone and Pittsburgh's 4th round pick (Tobias Rieder) in 2011 NHL Draft, January 17, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), October 10, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, May 2, 2014.
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