Biron during the 2010-11 NHL season as a member of the Rangers.
August 15, 1977 |
Lac-Saint-Charles, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||16th overall, 1995
Martin Gaston Biron (born August 15, 1977) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the first half of his sixteen-year National Hockey League career with the Sabres, later having stints with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers. He now works as an analyst on MSG.
Biron started his hockey career on the Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).Biron made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres on December 26, 1995. After posting a 5.04 goals against average, with no wins and two losses during the 1995–96 season, he was sent back to the QMJHL to improve. After the 2000–01 season, he was a consistent goaltender for the Sabres as his play in the crease improved drastically.
Biron, along with Rob Ray and Dominik Hašek, was one of the three Sabres against whom, in three consecutive years, the NHL made a specific rule. After NHL statisticians discovered a bug in their new stat-tracking software, the "Biron rule" restricted jersey numbers to whole numbers between 1 and 99 (later limited to numbers between 1 and 98 after the league-wide retirement of number 99 for Wayne Gretzky). Biron was the only NHL player affected as only he wore "00" at the time. (Goaltender John Davidson also wore 00 during his playing career, without rebuke, at various points in his playing career between 1973 and 1983.) Upon his return to the NHL three seasons later, Biron switched to number 43, a number he has worn ever since.
Biron became the Sabres' starting goaltender after Hašek's departure from Buffalo in 2001 and held the position until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Biron has always been a fan favorite in Buffalo and although he no longer plays there, he currently resides in the city during the offseason.
After losing the number one goaltending job to youngster Ryan Miller, Biron requested a trade from the Sabres on June 26, 2006, in an effort to receive more playing time. Finally, on February 27, 2007, the Sabres traded Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second round draft pick.
On March 27, 2007, Biron signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with the Flyers to be the starting goalie in Philadelphia. After appearing in 62 games and recording 30 wins in the 2007–08 season, he led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing in five games to the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins. He appeared in 55 games for the Flyers in the 2008-09 NHL Season, winning 29 and helping the Flyers to the 5th overall seed in the Eastern Conference.
New York Islanders
On July 1, 2009, Biron entered free agency. He was soon left in a difficult position after the Flyers signed goaltenders Ray Emery and Brian Boucher, while other teams quickly filled up their goaltending roster needs. Biron soon signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the New York Islanders on July 22, 2009, joining goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro. In 29 appearances, Biron recorded 9 wins to go with 14 losses and 4 overtime losses, with a 3.27 goals against average and .896 save percentage. The Islanders did not qualify for the post-season.
New York Rangers
On July 1, 2010, Biron signed a two-year, $1.75 million deal with the New York Rangers, where he prepared to back up Swedish starter Henrik Lundqvist. Biron is one of four players in NHL history to skate for all three teams based in the state of New York. The others were Mike Donnelly and former teammates Jason Dawe and Pat LaFontaine, Biron will have played almost his entire career in the state of New York, except for a brief 2½-year stint with the Philadelphia Flyers.
On February 28, 2011, Biron fractured his collarbone during practice, and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2010–2011 season. While Biron played the shortest number of games (17) since his second NHL season in 1998-99, he posted career highs in save percentage (.923) and goals against average (2.13).[dated info] On June 29, 2012 Biron re-signed with the New York Rangers. The one-way contract is worth $2.6 million over two years, working out to an average of $1.3 million per year.
On October 14, 2013, the Rangers placed Biron on waivers after a poor start to the season, and the following day he was assigned to play with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Biron announced his retirement via social media on October 20, 2013, choosing retirement over playing in the minor leagues. He ended his career with a 230-191-25-27 record, 2.61 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
- QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
- Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1995)
- Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1995)
- AHL First All-Star Team (1999)
- Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1999) (shared with Tom Draper)
- Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Outstanding Goaltender - AHL) (1999)
|1997–98||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||2||0||1||1||—||86||3||0||2.09||.929|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||29||9||14||—||4||1634||89||1||3.27||.896|
|2009–10||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||2||1||1||—||0||124||7||0||3.39||.903|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||17||8||6||—||0||928||33||0||2.13||.923|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||21||12||6||—||2||1220||50||2||2.46||.904|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||6||2||2||—||1||336||13||0||2.32||.917|
|2003||Canada||WC||Selected, but did not play|
|Senior int'l totals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||.000|
- Vogl, John (September 21, 2012). Biron among locked-out players biding their time. The Buffalo News. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "Sabres deal Biron to Flyers, get Conklin". Canadian Press. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- "Isles sign goalie Martin Biron to a one-year deal". National Hockey League. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
- Klein, Jeff Z. (February 28, 2011). "At Deadline, Rangers Are Unable to Fill Sudden Need". NY Times online. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- TSN.ca staff (29 October 2013). "BIRON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 16 NHL SEASONS". TSN.ca. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- "Vinny Lecavalier Moved to First Line, Martin Biron Retires".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Martin Biron.|
- Martin Biron's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Martin Biron's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Martin Biron at Hockey-Reference.com
- Martin Biron's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Martin Biron's player profile at NHL.com
- Profile at Hockey Goalies
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick