Sanford in 2008 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
October 5, 1979 |
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Curtis Sanford (born October 5, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who last played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Columbus Blue Jackets.
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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. He appeared in 16 games in the 2007–08 season, filling in for Luongo mostly in light of his rib injury in December. Posting a 2.83 GAA, he was re-signed to another one-year deal worth $650,000 by the Canucks on July 3, 2008.
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." 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. However, Sanford himself became prone to injury and suffered back spasms in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 1, 2008, before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury on December 30. 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. Clearing waivers, Sanford was assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, 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. 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.
At the conclusion of his third season with Lokomotiv, Sanford announced his retirement from professional hockey on March 7, 2015.
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||8||5||1||0||397||13||1||1.96||.912||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||34||13||13||5||1830||81||3||2.66||.908||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||31||8||12||5||1491||79||0||3.18||.888||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||36||10||18||4||1983||86||1||2.60||.911||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Second All-Star Team||2000–01|||
|Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award||2009–10|||
|Second All-Star Team||2010–11|||
|First All-Star Team||2013–14|||
- "Curtis Sanford". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Tkachuk, Boguniecki score twice for Blues". ESPN. 2002-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "St. Louis vs. Edmonton". USA Today. 2002-10-24. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Knee injury KO's Curtis Sanford". Sporting News. 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2008-12-01.[dead link]
- "Blue goalie Sanford out 6-8 weeks with pulled groin". ESPN. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Canucks sign Sanford to back up Luongo". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-06.[dead link]
- "Curtis Sanford does Roberto Luongo proud". Georgia Straight. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Sundin sits back as big names sign". Globe and Mail. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Design Sanford's Mask". Vancouver Canucks. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "Luongo injury creates opportunity for Sanford". CBC. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Losing skid continues for Vancouver Canucks". National Post. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01.[dead link]
- "Canucks place netminder Sanford on injured reserve". TSN. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- "With Luongo set to return, Sanford placed on waivers". TSN. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- "Canucks send Sanford to minors". CBC. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- "Sanford joins Habs on one-year deal". Rogers Sportsnet. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl rebuilding". Canoe.ca. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- "Sanford retires" (in Russian). Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
- "Bulldogs Desjardins, Sanford win Harry "Hap" Holmes Award". Hamilton Bulldogs. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- "2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "OHL grad Curtis Sanford falls victim to Russian economic collapse". OHLAlumnicentral.com. 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-12-26.
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