Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mathieu Garon Signed Team Postcard

He has a winning record in the NHL (139-122-29), a career GAA of 2.83 and a .904 save percentage, yet he has only once played more than 50 games in a season - 63 for the Los Angeles Kings in 2005-06.

A second round pick of the Montréal Canadiens (44th overall) on the strength of having been the CHL's goalie of the year in Juniors, the same round that has given the team Patrick Roy and José Théodore. Unfortunately for Garon, he was behind Theodore and Jeff Hackett on the depth chart, which cost him some time, and eventually led to his trade to the Kings (for Radek Bonk and Cristobal Huet).

Ironically, I got this 2002-03 team postcard signed at the same pre-season event that netted me this Hackett autograph. It shows him wearing the Habs' white (home) uniform, and he signed it in black sharpie.

He currently warms the bench for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they figure out if they want to have Anders Lindback as their goalie of the future.

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