Jason Bacashihua

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Jason Bacashihua
Jason Bacashihua Training.JPG
Born (1982-09-20) September 20, 1982 (age 32)
Dearborn Heights, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
DEL team
Former teams
Straubing Tigers
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2002–present

Jason Bacashihua (born September 20, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing career[edit]

Bacashihua was selected in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, 26th overall. He spent two seasons with the Stars' AHL affiliate Utah Grizzlies before he was traded on June 25, 2004 to the St. Louis Blues for Shawn Belle.[1]

Jason played for the Blues AHL affiliate's the Worcester IceCats and the Peoria Rivermen before being called up to the main Blues roster and making his NHL debut in the 2005–06 season. After failing to make the team out of training camp, Bacashihua was assigned to Peoria prior to the 2007–08 season.

On November 8, 2007, Bacashihua was traded by the Blues to the Colorado Avalanche for future considerations, and was assigned to the Avalanche's affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.[2] The Monsters are the same Grizzlies franchise, renamed and relocated, with whom Bacashihua started his AHL career. Bacashihua spent the next season and a half with the Monsters rotating the starting position with Tyler Weiman. During the 2008–09 season between February and March, Bacashihua won a franchise-best eight straight games. He was selected as the AHL Player of the Week (February 23 – March 1), to mark the first time in franchise history a Monsters player had received the award.[3]

On July 31, 2009, Bacashihua signed a one-year contract with the Hershey Bears of the AHL for the 2009–10 season.[4] He appeared in pre-season games for the Washington Capitals before being re-assigned to Hershey. In 22 regular season games he won an impressive 17 however he was demoted to third choice goalie behind Capitals prospects and failed to make a playoff appearance for the Calder Cup winning Bears.

On July 2, 2010, Bacashihua returned to the Colorado Avalanche organization, signing a one-year contract as a free agent for the 2010–11 season.[5] Assigned to reacquaint with the Lake Erie Monsters, Bacashihua split the season with former NHL goaltender John Grahame to form one of the best performing tandems in the AHL. He was recalled by the Avalanche on one occasion to serve as backup in place of the injured Craig Anderson, however failed to make his Avalanche debut.[6] Returning to the Monsters to set a career professional high in goals against average, Bacashihua appeared in 42 games for 23 wins to help guide the Monsters to their first post-season birth.

On July 19, 2011, Bacashihua signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[7] Used primarily as a veteran backup within the Flyers organization, he spent the majority of the year with AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He was recalled twice to Philadelphia to dress and serve as a backup, however again was unable to mark a return to the NHL since 2007.

On July 22, 2012, Bacashihua was signed to his first professional European contract on a one-year deal to become a number one starter with German club, Straubing Tigers of the DEL.[8] In making his DEL debut during the 2012–13 season, Bacashihua responded with the strong start with the Tigers to earn a one-year extension on December 28, 2012. He appeared in every game with the Tigers as their starting goalie to help gain a playoff position through qualification before losing in the first round.

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%
1999–00 Chicago Freeze NAHL 41 20 19 2 2432 118 2 2.91 2 0 2 103 12 0 6.97
2000–01 Chicago Freeze NAHL 39 24 14 0 2246 121 1 3.23 3 1 2 190 12 0 3.79
2001–02 Plymouth Whalers OHL 46 26 12 7 2688 105 5 2.34 .921 6 2 4 360 15 0 2.50 .901
2001–02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 1 0 1 0 61 3 0 2.95 .930
2002–03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 39 18 18 2 2245 118 3 3.15 .907 1 0 1 59 2 0 2.03 .941
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 39 13 19 5 2234 99 3 2.66 .916
2004–05 Worcester IceCats AHL 35 18 13 1 1909 80 2 2.51 .902
2005–06 Peoria Rivermen AHL 15 9 4 0 820 36 2 2.63 .903
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 4 10 1 966 52 0 3.23 .899
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 20 5 10 4 1139 55 1 2.90 .885
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 3 7 3 894 47 0 3.15 .896
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 4 1 3 0 208 11 0 3.17 .869
2007–08 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 1 1 0 0 65 4 0 3.70 .886
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 19 5 11 2 1074 60 1 3.35 .905
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 39 13 21 3 2255 104 2 2.77 .905
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 22 17 3 1 1258 52 1 2.48 .911
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 42 23 16 3 2466 94 4 2.29 .917 2 1 1 118 5 0 2.54 .909
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 23 8 11 1 1244 62 0 2.99 .901
2012–13 Straubing Tigers DEL 52 25 27 0 3123 137 3 2.63 .915 7 3 4 422 22 0 3.13 .910
2013–14 Straubing Tigers DEL 50 20 28 0 2959 130 3 2.64 .919
NHL totals 38 7 17 4 1860 99 0 3.19 .897

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
First All-Rookie Team 2002
F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy 2002
Dave Pinkney Trophy 2002
CHL All-Rookie Team 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues get Bacashihua". NBC Sports. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Blues trade Bacashihua to Colorado for future considerations". St. Louis Blues. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Lake Erie enjoys success in year two". Colorado Avalanche. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Bears bag Bacashihua for 2009-10". AHL. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Avalanche signs Quincey, Winnik and six others". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Anderson injured prior to Vancouver game". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  7. ^ "Flyers Sign Three". Philadelphia Flyers. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  8. ^ "New number one Tiger is clear: AHL goalie Jason Bacashihua comes" (in German). Straubing Tigers. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 

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Preceded by
Steve Ott
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Martin Vagner