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Mathieu Garon (born January 9, 1978 in Chandler, Quebecmarker) is a professional Canadianmarker ice hockey goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. Before the Blue Jackets, he saw action with the Montreal Canadiens, the Los Angeles Kings, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins with whom he won the Stanley Cup with in 2009.

Playing career

He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (44 overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He subsequently played for the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL and the Fredericton Canadiens, Quebec Citadelles, Hamilton Bulldogs, and Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Garon did see action with the Canadiens before being traded in 2004 with a 3rd round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for Radek Bonk and Cristobal Huet. He became a restricted free agent during the 2006 off-season and on July 17, 2006, accepted a one-year, $1.216 million qualifying offer from the Kings.

Following the 2006–2007 season, Garon became an unrestricted free agent and on July 3, 2007, signed a two-year, $2.2 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. As a result of his low goals against average, high save percentage and four shutouts in the 2007–2008 season, he essentially replaced Dwayne Roloson as Edmonton's starting goaltender. Upon suffering an ankle injury late in the season, Roloson took over once again.

Garon was the top shootout goalie in the NHL in the 2007–2008 season, having stopped 30 of 32 attempts for a perfect 10–0 in shootouts.

January 17, 2009 Garon was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ryan Stone, Dany Sabourin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4th round pick in the 2011 NHL draft. Garon would not play in the playoffs until Game 5 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals when he relieved Marc-Andre Fleury after Fleury had given up five goals to the Red Wings. He did not give up a goal. According to rules governing the Stanley Cup, Garon's appearance in Game 5 made him eligible to get his name engraved on the Cup.

On July 1, 2009, Mathieu signed a two-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, in which he will make $1.2 million per season.

International play

Played for Canada in:



References

  1. http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030415


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