Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Blackburn
Dan Blackburn was born May 20, 1983 in Montreal, Quebec. The 1st round choice, 10th overall selection of the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Blackburn, is a fierce competitor who has tremendous presence in the net and is a graduate of the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice.

The Montreal, Quebec native spent two seasons with the Ice, finishing second in the WHL in wins (34), second in save percentage (.912) and third in goals against (2.52) in 1999-2000, while earning WHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honours and leading Kootenay to their first WHL Championship.

The 1999-2000 WHL Playoff MVP, Blackburn was recognized as the CHL Goaltender of the Year in 2000-01 after finishing first in the WHL in wins (33), second in save percentage (.907) and third in goals against (2.77). Following two successful seasons in the WHL, Blackburn was the revelation of the Rangers training camp in 2001-02, earning a roster spot after his solid play throughout the pre-season and throughout training camp.

In his first season of professional hockey, Blackburn played the majority of the season with the Rangers while playing in a handful of games with the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford. In 2002-03, Blackburn earned a full season in the NHL with the Rangers.

After missing the entire 2003-04 season due to nerve damage in his left shoulder, Blackburn underwent nerve exploration surgery on his shoulder in March of 2004. In an effort ot return to competitive play, Blackburn joined the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL in February, 2005. He appeared in 12 games with the Salmon Kings, posting a 3-9-0 record and a 3.54 GAA.

Blackburn appeared in 63 career games for the Rangers, posting a 20-32-4 record, along with a 3.22 GAA and a .894 save percentage.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1997-98 Bow Valley Eagles AJHL 20 9 6 1 1 3.35 3 0 0 0 4.95
1998-99 Bow Valley Eagles AJHL 38 7 19 6 0 4.51 2 0 2 0 0 4.07
1999-00 Kootenay Ice WHL 51 34 8 7 3 2.52 21 16 5 2 2.03
2000-01 Kootenay Ice WHL 50 33 14 2 1 2.77 11 7 4 1 1.95
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 31 12 16 0 0 3.28
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 2 1 1 0 2.71
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 32 8 16 4 1 3.17
2003-04
2004-05 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 12 3 9 0 0 3.54
NHL Totals 63 20 32 4 1 3.22


AJHL Scholastic Player of the Year (1998, 1999)
WHL Rookie of the Year (2000)
WHL East First All-Star Team (2001)
WHL Goaltender of the Year (2001)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2001)
Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (2001)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2002)
Missed entire 2003-04 due to shoulder injury in training camp, September 2, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Victoria (ECHL), February 4, 2005. Officially announced retirement, September 25, 2005.
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