Craig Billington

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Craig Billington
Born (1966-09-11) September 11, 1966 (age 47)
London, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1984
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1985–2003

Craig Richard Billington (born September 11, 1966) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played with several teams in a 15 year National Hockey League career and currently serves as the Vice President of Player Development for the Colorado Avalanche. He operated a successful goaltending school in London and Gravenhurst, Ontario for 23 years.

Playing career[edit]

Craig played for the Stoneybrook Minor Hockey System in London, Ontario. He played High School hockey at A.B. Lucus SS. He played Junior B hockey for the London Chester Pegg Diamonds in the Western Junior B. OHA. Drafted by the Belleville Bulls on the OHL in 1983.

Drafted in 1984 by the New Jersey Devils, Billington also later played with the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Washington Capitals. He played the majority of his NHL career as a backup goalie, playing in at least half of the games in a season only twice. He played 42 games with the Devils during the 1992–1993 season, splitting time with Chris Terreri, and 63 games with the Ottawa Senators the following season, posting an 11–41–4 record with a 4.59 GAA. After 15 years in the NHL Billington retired after the 2002–03 season.

Upon his retirement, Billington joined the Colorado Avalanche's front office staff.[1]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Directorate Award (Best Goaltender), 1985 IIHF world junior hockey championships[2]
  • Selected Scholastic Player of the year in OHL in 1984-85
  • Most Valuable Player in OHL All-Star game in 1984-85
  • Silver medalist in Men's World Championship for Team Canada in 1990-91
  • NHL All-Star in 1993

Career Statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1983–84 Belleville Bulls OHL 44 22 19 0 2335 162 1 4.16 1 0 0 30 3 0 6.00
1984–85 Belleville Bulls OHL 47 26 19 0 2544 180 1 4.25 14 7 5 761 47 1 3.71
1985–86 Belleville Bulls OHL 3 2 1 0 180 11 0 3.67 .893 20 9 6 1133 68 0 3.60
1985–86 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 4 9 1 901 77 0 5.13 .840
1986–87 Maine Mariners AHL 20 9 7 2 1151 70 0 3.65 .873
1986–87 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 4 13 2 1114 89 0 4.79 .844
1987–88 Utica Devils AHL 59 22 27 8 3404 208 1 3.67 .880
1988–89 Utica Devils AHL 41 17 18 6 2432 150 2 3.70 .872 4 1 3 220 18 0 4.91
1988–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 1 1 0 140 11 0 4.71 .831
1989–90 Utica Devils AHL 38 20 13 1 2087 138 0 3.97 .870
1990–91 Canadian NT Intl 34 17 14 2 1879 110 2 3.51
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 13 7 1 1363 69 2 3.04 .892
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 21 16 4 2389 146 2 3.67 .876 2 0 1 78 5 0 3.83 .872
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 11 41 4 3319 254 0 4.59 .859
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 6 2 472 32 0 4.07 .867
1994–95 Boston Bruins NHL 8 5 1 0 373 19 0 3.06 .864 1 0 0 25 1 0 2.40 .900
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 27 10 13 3 1380 79 1 3.43 .867 1 0 1 60 6 0 6.00 .786
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 11 8 2 1200 53 1 2.65 .909 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .923
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 8 7 4 1162 45 1 2.32 .923 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 .000
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 11 8 1 1086 52 0 2.87 .894 1 0 0 9 1 0 6.68 .833
1999–2000 Washington Capitals NHL 13 3 6 1 611 28 2 2.75 .910 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .833
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 3 5 2 660 27 0 2.45 .915
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 17 4 5 3 710 36 0 3.04 .878
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 5 1 3 1 217 17 0 4.70 .823
NHL Totals 332 110 149 31 17,092 1034 9 3.63 .877 8 0 2 213 15 0 4.23 .870
Craig Billington
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1985 Helsinki
Silver 1986 Hamilton

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1985 Canada WJC 5 3 0 2 300 13 1 2.60
1986 Canada WC 5 4 1 0 300 14 0 2.80
Junior int'l totals 10 7 1 2 600 27 1 2.70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Avalanche of changes, Sherman in, Granato out". NHL. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.517, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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