Garth Snow

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Garth Snow
Born (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 45)
Wrentham, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goalie
Caught Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 114th overall, 1987
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1994–2006

Garth E. Snow (born July 28, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and is currently the general manager for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Snow was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques out of Mount Saint Charles Academy in the sixth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He went straight to the University of Maine for four years and for three straight years led the NCAA in wins. After helping lead the school to a 42–1–2 record and the NCAA Championship in 1993, he was named to the All-Tournament team. After spending the majority of 1993–94 playing for the United States National Team which included playing in the 1994 Winter Olympics, he turned to his professional career, seeing his first NHL action in five games for the Nordiques.

Snow recorded 32 wins in 62 games for the Cornwall Aces of the AHL during 1994–95. After the Quebec franchise relocated to Colorado, Snow was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for two draft picks during the off-season. Garth would back up veteran Ron Hextall for over two seasons and would alternate with Hextall during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, most notably playing in Game 2 of the Finals. Near the trade deadline in 1997–98, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Sean Burke.

As a Canuck in 1998–99, he registered career highs in games played (65), wins (20), and shutouts (6). His workload was cut in half the following season and he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to 2000–01. His stay in Pittsburgh lasted one season as he signed with the New York Islanders in the off-season. He would remain an Islander for the rest of his career, primarily as a backup to veteran Chris Osgood and then youngster Rick DiPietro.

Throughout his career, Snow was the target of the league office on several occasions over his goaltending equipment, in particular his shoulder pads, which opposing teams accused of violating league rules on size. According to former teammate Mike Peca, Garth Snow was one of the best trash-talkers around. "He's got such a wit and sense of humor like no other. Snow says things that will cut you without being rude or obnoxious." (The Hockey News, August 30, 2002). Snow was regarded as a respected leader both on and off the ice.

Islanders General Manager[edit]

On July 18, 2006, Snow officially confirmed his retirement and was named General manager of the New York Islanders following Neil Smith's dismissal after 41 days on the job.[1] There was much criticism directed the Islanders way for firing a Stanley Cup-winning GM after such a short tenure in favor of Snow, who at the time of his hiring held no experience in management. Defenders of the organization pointed to Snow's Master’s Degree in Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine.[2]

In Snow's first season as GM, he earned praise for making moves to open up space under the salary cap and using the space to trade for Marc-André Bergeron, Richard Zednik and Ryan Smyth. Snow was named NHL Executive of the year for 2006–2007 by Sports Illustrated.[3] Snow also received a great deal of praise from commenters on XM Radio[4] and other reports for his organization's picks in the 2008 and 2009 entry drafts. In 2012, Snow reportedly offered all seven of the Islanders' draft picks - one in each round, including the fourth overall - to Columbus in exchange for the second overall pick. Columbus GM Scott Howson turned down the trade offer, and the Islanders ended up picking defenceman Griffin Reinhart at No. 4.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 1991–92
All-Hockey East Second Team 1992–93
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1993 [6]
  • 1993 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • 1993 NCAA Championship University of Maine

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%
1988–89 University of Maine HE 5 2 2 0 241 14 1 3.49
1990–91 University of Maine HE 25 18 4 0 1290 64 2 2.98
1991–92 University of Maine HE 31 25 4 0 1792 73 2 2.44
1992–93 University of Maine HE 23 21 0 1 1210 42 1 2.08
1993–94 United States NT Intl 23 13 5 3 1324 71 1 3.22
1993–94 Cornwall Aces AHL 16 6 5 3 927 51 0 3.30 .891 13 8 5 790 42 0 3.19
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 5 3 2 0 279 16 0 3.44 .874
1994–95 Cornwall Aces AHL 62 32 20 7 3558 162 3 2.73 .900 8 4 3 402 14 2 2.09
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 1 1 0 119 11 0 5.55 .825 1 0 0 9 1 0 6.78 .667
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 12 8 4 1437 69 0 2.88 .894 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 .000
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 14 8 8 1884 79 2 2.52 .903 12 8 4 699 33 0 2.83 .892
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 14 9 4 1651 67 1 2.43 .902
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 6 0 504 26 0 3.10 .901
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 20 31 8 3501 171 6 2.93 .900
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 10 15 3 1712 76 0 2.66 .902
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 14 15 4 2032 101 3 2.98 .900
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 2 1 0 178 7 0 2.36 .920
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 25 10 7 2 1217 55 2 2.71 .900 1 0 0 26 2 0 4.71 .895
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 43 16 17 5 2390 92 1 2.31 .918
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 39 14 15 5 2015 94 1 2.80 .899
2004–05 SKA St. Petersburg RSL 16 - - - - - 1 2.75 -
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 20 4 13 1 1096 68 0 3.72 .886
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .967
NHL totals 368 135 147 44 19837 925 16 2.80 .900 20 9 8 1039 48 1 2.77 .896

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1994 United States OG 5 1 3 1 299 17 0 3.41
1998 United States WC 5 1 2 1 260 12 0 2.77
Senior int'l totals 10 2 5 2 559 29 0 2.90

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Smith
General Manager of the New York Islanders
2006–present
Incumbent