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01-05-2012, 10:48 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
The pool of goaltenders not yet selected in an ATD is very shallow
Played in 1999 All-Star Game
33rd in NHL Career Saves (Highest Available)
1st in GAA 1999
Made 70 saves in a 3-3 tie with Boston on March 21 1991
Legends of Hockey
He was selected 81st overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1986 and was a solid backup for the club during his first three pro seasons. He was the first stringer in the early '90s when the club declined and was often one of the few bright lights on the team.
In March 1992 he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he was a solid back up to Bill Ranford. Tugnutt also played four games for Canada at the 1993 World Championships. A few weeks later he was claimed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Expansion Draft. The steady netminder played well in 28 games before he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens to provide insurance behind Patrick Roy.
After spending the entire 1995-96 season with the AHL's Portland Pirates, Tugnutt returned to the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. Playing the best hockey of his career, he and partner Damian Rhodes backstopped the club to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998. The next year he led the NHL with a 1.79 goals against average and took part in his first All-Star Game. The next year, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for Tom Barrasso and played 53 games for the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-01. Tugnutt recorded four shutouts and 22 wins while playing a key role in the team's solid 71-point debut. The Scarborough native played two seasons with the Blue Jackets before being acquired by the Dallas Stars prior to the 2002-03 season.
1977 WHA 1st Team All-Star
With his shot at the NHL all but non-existent in the Hawks organization, Garrett signed with the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints. It was a great move for John. He not only got a hefty pay increase but also became a workhorse goalie in a league of higher caliber than the usual minor leagues.
"The WHA was good for me. They didn't pay much attention to defence. The good defencemen were well paid to stay in the NHL, so you had the John Arbors and Rick Smiths, guys who would the 5th or 6th defencemen in the NHL, and they were first or second on WHA teams."
Despite the weak defense, Garrett gained respect as a strong goaltender who would often play the bulk of the games. In the WHA he played in 323 career games, playing almost .500 hockey with a record of 148-151-15. He had 14 shutouts (including a league high 4 in 1976-77) and a career 3.52 GAA.
Garrett played 6 strong years in the WHA - almost three full seasons with Minnesota before a stint with the Toronto Toros, 2 years with the Birmingham Bulls and one final season with the New England Whalers. The Whalers claimed Garrett as a priority selection when the team merged with the NHL in 1979.
Garrett went on to help the Whalers for 2 and 1/2 seasons in the NHL. Though his stats are less than impressive, they aren't indicative of his play. Garrett played strongly, especially in the Whalers first NHL season when they made the playoffs.
One of the most famous stories involving John Garrett came during the 1983 All Star Game. Garrett was acquired by the Canucks less than a week prior to the game. However Richard Brodeur, the Canucks number one goalie and all star representative, suffered a broken eardrum courtesy of a Dan Daoust wild shot. As a last minute replacement, Garrett was asked to fill in for the Campbell Conference All Stars despite playing the whole first half in the Wales Conference.
Garrett had a great game too, and was the favorite to win game MVP honors, which of course earns you a brand new car, except a guy named Gretzky put on a goal scoring clinic in the third period. Gretzky's 4 goals in one period instantly became all star legend.
Legends of Hockey
His next stop was the Toronto Toros of the same loop, and eventually with the same team when they were transplanted to Birmingham where they became the Bulls. It was there that "Chi Chi" (or "Cheech"), as he was called, came into his own. He was voted to the First All Star team in 1977 but slipped in the standings along with his team in 1977-78. It was during his stint in Alabama that John Bassett embarked upon his "Baby Bulls" project, ignoring the age restrictions of the NHL and drafting fuzzy-faced kids to man his arsenal. It prompted one writer to describe Garrett as "shell-shocked" under those arrangements! Often it was only his netminding heroics which kept the scores respectable!
Wherever he played he was popular with his teammates and the press. His quick wit and keen sense of humour kept his mates relaxed and often in stitches. Whether it was while he was with the New England Whalers (the NHL version was called the Hartford Whalers) or the Quebec Nordiques, compliments follow were continually directed his way.
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