Curtis Sanford

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Curtis Sanford
Curtis Sanford.jpg
Sanford in 2008 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
Born (1979-10-05) October 5, 1979 (age 35)
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–present

Curtis Sanford (born October 5, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Playing career[edit]

Sanford played junior hockey for the Wiarton Wolves of the Western Junior C Hockey League, the Collingwood Blues of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL), the Owen Sound Greys of the Midwestern Junior B Hockey League, and the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before turning pro.

Undrafted out of junior, he was picked up as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues after his final year with the Platers in 2000[1] and spent his first five seasons in the club's farm system between the Peoria Rivermen of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sanford earned a call-up with the Blues during the 2002–03 season after injuries to goaltenders Fred Brathwaite and Brent Johnson in October. He played in his first game when fellow rookie call-up Reinhard Divis also went down with an injury after the first period on October 17, 2002 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made 12 saves in relief in a 7–1 victory for the Blues.[2] Sanford briefly earned the starting position in the absence of the Blues' usual goaltenders before going down with an injury himself, a high-ankle sprain, on October 24 against the Edmonton Oilers.[3] He returned to start in several more games and posted a 5–1 record and a 1.96 GAA in his first stint with the Blues before being returned to Worcester.

In 2005–06, Sanford appeared poised to play backup to the recently acquired Patrick Lalime. However, as Lalime struggled, Sanford seized the starting position and was having a career year until going down with a sprained ACL in his left knee in March.[4] Before missing the remainder of the season, Sanford had a 13-13-5 record with a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage. The Blues finished in last place that year. Recovered from his knee injury, Sanford returned the next season and competed with Manny Legace for the starting position. In November, he was sidelined for several games with a groin strain, then re-injured his groin in December, missing an extended period of time.[5] Sanford returned to complete the season but saw his numbers decrease to an 8-12-5 record with a 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage.

Sanford became an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and on July 3, 2007, the Vancouver Canucks signed Sanford to a one-year, $600,000 contract to back up starting goaltender Roberto Luongo.[6] He appeared in 16 games in the 2007–08 season, filling in for Luongo mostly in light of his rib injury in December.[7] Posting a 2.83 GAA, he was re-signed to another one-year deal worth $650,000 by the Canucks on July 3, 2008.[8]

Before the start of the 2008–09 season, Sanford and the Canucks held a contest challenging fans to submit artwork for a new mask design. This was to go along with his new nickname of "The Big C.S."[9] Sanford's nickname, "the Sandman", inspired his previous mask designs. As Luongo went down with a groin injury in late November, Sanford assumed the starting position.[10] However, Sanford himself became prone to injury and suffered back spasms in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 1, 2008,[11] before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury on December 30.[12] With the subsequent acquisition of Jason LaBarbera and the imminent return of Luongo, he was placed on waivers by the Canucks on January 14, 2009.[13] Clearing waivers, Sanford was assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL,[14] where he completed the season.

In the off-season, Sanford signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 20, 2009 for the 2009–10 season.[15] With both Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price minding net Sanford was assigned to the Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. After a successful season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Sanford signed a one-year extension.

Sanford signed a one-year deal and spent the 2011-12 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, appearing in 36 games. Following the season, he agreed to terms on a contract with KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv were still rebuilding after losing its entire team in a 2011 plane crash.[16]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
ECHL
Second All-Star Team 2000–01 [1]
AHL
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2009–10 [17]
Second All-Star Team 2010–11 [18]

Career statistics[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%
1994–95 Wiarton Wolves WJCHL 18 949 98 0 6.20
1995–96 Collingwood Blues OPJHL 21 2128 74 0 3.54
1996–97 Owen Sound Greys MWJHL 6 360 28 0 4.68
1996–97 Owen Sound Platers OHL 19 4 8 1 847 77 0 5.45 .878
1997–98 Owen Sound Platers OHL 30 13 10 2 1542 114 1 4.44 .895 9 4 4 456 30 1 3.95
1998–99 Owen Sound Platers OHL 56 30 16 5 2998 191 2 3.82 .895 16 9 7 960 58 0 3.63
1999–00 Owen Sound Platers OHL 53 18 26 6 3124 198 1 3.80 .898
1999–00 Missouri River Otters UHL 6 3 1 0 237 6 0 1.52 .946
2000–01 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 24 15 7 4 1511 48 3 1.91 .925 14 9 4 813 28 2 2.07
2000–01 Worcester IceCats AHL 5 3 0 1 237 16 0 4.06 .857
2001–02 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 24 13 8 2 1418 58 1 2.45 .906
2001–02 Worcester IceCats AHL 9 5 4 2 537 22 0 2.46 .922
2002–03 Worcester IceCats AHL 41 18 14 8 2317 93 3 2.41 .919 3 0 3 179 8 0 2.68 .924
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 5 1 0 397 13 1 1.96 .912
2003–04 Worcester IceCats AHL 43 20 16 3 2367 84 5 2.13 .921 9 4 5 569 24 0 2.53 .922
2004–05 Worcester IceCats AHL 50 19 25 2 2743 123 2 2.69 .901
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 34 13 13 5 1830 81 3 2.66 .908
2005–06 Worcester IceCats AHL 6 4 2 0 358 11 2 1.84 .929
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 8 12 5 1491 79 0 3.18 .888
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 1 1 0 119 49 0 2.52 .898
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 4 3 1 679 32 0 2.83 .898
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 19 7 8 0 972 42 1 2.59 .906
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 16 7 3 3 865 25 2 1.73 .936 1 0 1 43 1 0 1.40 .957
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 41 23 11 3 2230 79 4 2.13 .916 9 5 4 565 19 2 2.02 .925
2010–11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 40 22 13 2 2274 73 5 1.93 .930
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 10 18 4 1983 86 1 2.60 .911
2012–13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 24 12 7 1385 52 0 2.25 .927 6 2 4 414 14 0 2.03 .944
2013–14 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 40 18 17 2218 67 7 1.81 .938 18 9 9 1125 36 2 1.92 .934
NHL totals 144 47 55 15 7354 333 6 2.72 .904
KHL totals 64 30 24 3602 119 7 1.98 .934 24 11 13 1538 50 2 1.95 .937

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Curtis Sanford". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Tkachuk, Boguniecki score twice for Blues". ESPN. 2002-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ "St. Louis vs. Edmonton". USA Today. 2002-10-24. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Knee injury KO's Curtis Sanford". Sporting News. 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2008-12-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Blue goalie Sanford out 6-8 weeks with pulled groin". ESPN. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Canucks sign Sanford to back up Luongo". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-06. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Curtis Sanford does Roberto Luongo proud". Georgia Straight. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Sundin sits back as big names sign". Globe and Mail. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Design Sanford's Mask". Vancouver Canucks. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Luongo injury creates opportunity for Sanford". CBC. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Losing skid continues for Vancouver Canucks". National Post. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Canucks place netminder Sanford on injured reserve". TSN. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  13. ^ "With Luongo set to return, Sanford placed on waivers". TSN. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  14. ^ "Canucks send Sanford to minors". CBC. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Sanford joins Habs on one-year deal". Rogers Sportsnet. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  16. ^ "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl rebuilding". Canoe.ca. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  17. ^ "Bulldogs Desjardins, Sanford win Harry "Hap" Holmes Award". Hamilton Bulldogs. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  18. ^ "2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 

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