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Garon returns to Oil Country

Former Oilers netminder is expected to get the start in goal tonight

Thursday, 22.10.2009 / 3:23 PM / Features
By Kristi Hennessy  - edmontonoilers.com
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Garon returns to Oil Country
Columbus Blue Jackets' Mathieu Garon, left, makes a save against Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron during the shootout of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Bruins 6-5 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mathieu Garon is here in Edmonton but this time as a Blue Jacket. Former Oiler Garon will most likely start in net for the Blue Jackets tonight. Garon signed with the Oilers as a free agent July 3, 2007. He played 47 games in 2007-2008 season and 15 games last season for the Oilers before being traded to the Penguins where he won a Stanley Cup.
“It’s good to be back here, I had a lot of fun here and a lot of memories and I’ll never forget that. “ Mathieu Garon reminisces about Edmonton.

He enters his first season with the Blue Jackets and has played in two games so far earning one win and one loss. His last game was on October 10th against the Phoenix Coyotes where he played an amazing game. He marked his first shutout of the year stopping all 36 shots faced giving the Jackets the well deserved win. Columbus is off to a great season this year compared to the last few seasons which is great for the young team and the city of Columbus. The Jackets so far are 5-2 with three of those wins on the road.

Mathieu Garon was an Oiler for two seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was very well liked with the organization and we believe that he enjoyed his time here as well.

“It was a great experience. I wish I could still be here but hockeys like that, you get traded and stuff happens but really happy I had the chance to play here. It was great memories for me and my family. When we first moved here we didn’t know what to expect but we discovered a great city with great fans and a great hockey team.” Garon talks of playing as an Oiler.

Garon is not the main starting goalie for Columbus with the young Team Canada hopeful, Steve Mason in net nor was he in Pittsburgh where he backed up Marc-Andre Fleury.

“It’s something that I hope I get the chance to do one day, to get to play more and get to be the number one goalie but for now I am where I am.” Garon says on being the backup to Mason.
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