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John Gillies Mark Grahame (born August 31, 1975, in Denver, Coloradomarker) is a professional ice hockey goaltender, formerly with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

NHL career

In 1999, Grahame started the season back in Providence, but was called up to the Boston Bruins mid-season to backup Byron Dafoe in the Bruins' net, where he played credibly and was second in balloting to the league's all-rookie team. However, a broken ankle in the 2000 offseason took a long time to heal, and Grahame was not the same goaltender thereafter. He played for the next three seasons in Boston before being traded midseason in 2003 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The following season, Grahame returned to form, having the best season of his career as a backup for the Stanley Cup-winning club. He became Tampa Bay's starting goalie in the 2005–06 NHL season, but was criticized publicly by head coach John Tortorella after consecutive poor starts which contributed to the Lightning being eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs.

Grahame signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in July 2006. He was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on January 4, 2008. The Hurricanes called up Michael Leighton from the team's AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, to replace him as the team's backup goaltender after Grahame began the season with a 4–6–1 record. The Hurricanes recalled Grahame on January 21.

During this time, Grahame played a single game for the United States Olympic team in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and also was the starter for the United States National Team in the 2007 World Championships.

In May 2008, after the conclusion of the Hurricanes' season, as a free agent, Grahame signed with Avangard Omsk of the new Kontinental Hockey League. However on 9 December 2008, Grahame left Omsk and became a free agent once more. Avangard Omsk stated that the reason for contract cancellation was Grahame's constant problems with alcohol.

On January 14, 2009 Grahame returned to Omsk to appeal the cancellation of his contract. He is disputing that he had a drinking problem. Amidst problems with personnel, Grahame was denied his appeal.

Family

He is the son of retired professional goaltender Ron Grahame. His father was traded for the draft pick used to select John Grahame's future teammate Ray Bourque. His mother, Charlotte was a member of the front office of the 2001 Colorado Avalanche that won the Stanley Cup.

See also



References

  1. Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - John Grahame
  2. Tortorella pulls Grahame after second, blasts own goalie's poor performance


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