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Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
Goaltender
Number: 32
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 198
Catches: Right
Born: 9 Jan 1978
Birthplace: Chandler, QC, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Edmonton on July 3, 2007.
Drafted: MTL / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (44th overall)

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS: Was 26-18-1 with a 2.66 GAA, .913 save pct. & four shutouts in 47 GP in first season with Edmonton...tied for 9th in shutouts in NHL…was 16-10-0 at Rexall Place & 10-8-1 on the road…won Oilers Molson Cup Award...named NHLs Second Star for week ending Jan. 13 (3-0-0, 1.01 GAA & .968 save pct)…his 26 wins were 18th in NHL & five shy of career-high 31 recorded with Los Angeles in 2005-06…was 14-1 in overtime, including 10-0 in shootouts, stopping 30 of 32 shots (.938)…his 10 shootout wins tied him with Ryan Miller (Buffalo, 2006-07) & Martin Brodeur (New Jersey, 2006-07) for the NHL record for most shootout wins in a season...his four shutouts tied his single-season high set with Los Angeles in 2005-06...made 29 saves in 1-0 SO win at Vancouver on Nov. 14 to register his first career Oilers shutout…had shutouts at Anaheim (4-0, 25 saves, Dec. 2), NY Islanders (4-0, 35 saves, Jan. 7) & Calgary (5-0, 24 saves, Feb. 4)…had two scoreless streaks of over 100 minutes, blanking opponents for 106:43 (Nov. 14-17) & 101:43 (Jan. 7-10)…made season-high 40 saves, including 21 in 3rd period, in 4-1 win vs. Chicago (Feb. 6); the 40 saves fell 6 shy of his single-game career-high of 46 in a 3-2 win at LA on Mar. 6, 2004 while with Montreal…played 1st Oilers game vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 6 & made 22 saves in 5-3 win to record 1st career Oilers win…faced two penalty shots, stopping Shane Doan vs. Phoenix (Jan. 10) & allowed his first penalty shot goal as Eric Staal scored in a 7-2 loss at Carolina (Jan. 18)…was 7-2-0 in his last nine games (Feb. 24-Mar. 13) before missing season’s final 11 games (Mar. 15-Apr. 3)…had two four-game winning streaks (Jan. 5-13 & Feb. 24-Mar. 2).

2006-07: 2nd season with LA Kings saw him go 13-10-6 with two shutouts, a .907 save pct. & 2.66 GAA in 32 games…led Kings goaltenders in wins, GAA, save percentage, shutouts & games…was 1-3 in four shootouts, stopping 11 of 18 shootout attempts (.611)…had a four-game winning streak with a 4-0-0 record from March 12-23…registered two shutouts, making 26 saves vs. Columbus ( 3-0, Jan. 3) and 40 saves at Phoenix (4-0, Oct. 19)… finished the season ranked 7th all-time in Kings history with six shutouts and 8th all-time with 44 career wins…began the season with a hot hand, as he led the NHL with a 1.72 GAA and was 2nd in the league with a .941 save pct. through seven games in October…missed total of 21 games due to injury.

2005-06: Went 31-26-3 with 4 shutouts and a 3.22 GAA in 63 games with Los Angeles, establishing career-highs in games, wins and shutouts…became 4th goaltender in Kings history to win 30-or-more games in a season, joining Mario Lessard (35 in 1980-81), Rogie Vachon (33 in 1976-77) & Felix Potvin (31 in 2001-02)…the 31 wins ranked 10th in NHL…61 of his 63 games were starts, including 56 of the season’s final 66 games…named NHL Defensive Player of the Month for December with a 9-3-0 record, 2.40 GAA & .924 save pct.…had three five-game winning streaks and registered a career-high four shutouts; two of his shutouts came in back-to-back games as he blanked Dallas (1-0, Apr. 1) & Vancouver (1-0, Apr. 3)…faced three penalty shots, stopping all three…played his 100th career NHL game at Edmonton (Mar. 30/06).

2004-05:
Acquired from Montreal on June 26/04 as part of a three-way trade with the Canadiens & Senators…LA acquired Radek Bonk from Ottawa for a 3rd round 2004 draft choice & then traded Bonk & Cristobal Huet to Montreal for Garon & a 3rd round choice in 2004 draft…spent entire season with Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester…led Manchester in games (52), wins (32), & shutouts (8)…ranked 6th in AHL in wins & 2nd in shutouts…named to AHL All-Star Classic…teammate of Oilers defenceman Denis Grebeshkov.

2003-04:
Played first full season in NHL with Montreal, appearing in 19 games with a 2.27 GAA…had a five-game winning streak (Jan. 13-Mar. 6)…faced a career-high 48 shots in a 3-2 win at Los Angeles (Mar. 6).

2002-03:
Split season with Montreal & Hamilton (AHL)…registered two shutouts in only eight games with Montreal, blanking Washington (Feb. 9, 25 saves) & Carolina (Mar. 31, 33 saves)…was 15-2-2 in 20 games with Hamilton.

2001-02:
Spent majority of season with Quebec (AHL), going 21-15-12…played in five games with Montreal, posting only win of season with 26 saves in a 5-2 win at Buffalo (Oct. 26).

2000-01:
Made NHL debut with Montreal at New Jersey (Oct. 6), in a relief appearance…won 1st NHL game in 1st start, posting a 6-0 shutout at Atlanta (Nov. 23)…posted his 2nd win with a 3-0 shutout at Atlanta (Jan. 12)…joined Roman Cechmanek as the only two goaltenders in 2000-01 to win their first two NHL games by recording shutouts…named to Canadian Team for the AHL All-Star Classic.

1999-00:
Played entire season with Quebec (AHL), leading Citadels goaltenders with 53 games…was 17-28-3 with 2 shutouts.

1998-99:
Split goaltending duties with Jose Theodore at Fredericton (AHL) in first pro season…had 3 shutouts and was 14-22-2 in 40 games.

JUNIOR:
Played three seasons with Victoriaville (QMJHL)…was 74-63-5 with 12 shutouts and 3.26 GAA in 151 games from 1995-96 to 1997-98…named the QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year & was a member of the league’s all-rookie team in 1996…first team QMJHL all-star in 1998…named Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year in 1998 and was a member of the CHLs first all-star team.

INTERNATIONAL:
Member of silver medal winning Team Canada at 2008 IIHF World Championship…played five games and was 2-3-0 with two shutouts & 1.91 GAA for Team Canada at 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland.

BACKGROUND: Montreal’s 2nd choice, 44th overall, in 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 6, 2000 vs. New Jersey (relief appearance).

FIRST NHL SHUTOUT: Nov. 23, 2000 vs. Atlanta (1st start, 6-0, 25 saves).

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