Michael Garnett

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Michael Garnett
Michael Garnett.jpg
Born (1982-11-25) November 25, 1982 (age 31)
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1.4 in (186 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Atlanta Thrashers
MVD Balashikha
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Dynamo Moscow
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 80th overall, 2001
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2002–present

Michael Garnett (born November 25, 1982 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Garnett has previously played for the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers, who drafted him in the 3rd round (80th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Garnett spent his junior career with the Red Deer Rebels and his hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was named to the WHL All-Rookie Team for the 2000–01 season and was drafted by the Thrashers in the summer of 2001.

Garnett made his professional debut in the 2002–03 season playing for the Greenville Grrrowl of the East Coast Hockey League. Over two seasons with the Grrrowl and the Gwinnett Gladiators he posted a 37-25 record before securing a full-time job with the Thrashers top minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). In total, Garnett appeared in 116 games for the Wolves, posting a 56-40-5 record.

Garnett was called up to the Thrashers early in the 2005–06 season due to a groin injury sustained by Thrashers starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Garnett made his NHL debut on October 12, 2005, when he replaced Mike Dunham, who suffered a groin injury less than ten minutes into a game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Thrashers lost the game 2-0, though Garnett stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced and was named the game's second star.[1] That season Garnett appeared in 24 games for Atlanta, including a franchise record 17 straight games from November 24 to December 28, 2005. When he was re-assigned to Chicago in early January, he was in the midst of a ten game regulation undefeated streak (7-0-3), which included back-to-back shutouts on December 23 and 26 against the New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, respectively, through which he made 65 saves. Overall, Garnett posted a 10-7-4 record with the Thrashers.

Garnett's contract with the Thrashers expired after the 2006–07 season, which he spent entirely with the Chicago Wolves, splitting time with veteran Fred Brathwaite and posting a 23-15-1 record.

Russia[edit]

As an unrestricted free agent Garnett opted to sign a one-year contract with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Russian Super League. He had a successful Russian debut, with Nizhnekamsk losing a 5 game series to the defending champions, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, in the first round of the playoffs. That summer, Garnett described his experience and how the language barrier was helping his hockey career: "Well, it literally was a blur for me because I couldn't understand anything. I could really focus and get deep into hockey more than I think I have before."[2]

Garnett, again a free agent, signed a two-year contract with MVD Balashikha of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). After struggling through the 2008–09 season, posting a 15-17-1 record, Garnett bounced back for a successful 2009–10 campaign. He posted a 24-15-4 record, a 2.06 goals against average, .917 save percentage, and 5 shutouts. He played in the 2010 KHL All-Star game in Minsk and MVD won the Tarasov division title and Western Conference championship. In the Gagarin Cup Finals, MVD lost a close 7 game series to the defending champions, AK Bars Kazan.[3] Garnett was named to the KHL's First All-Star team.

Following the 2009–10, MVD Balashikha merged with Dynamo Moscow to form UHC Dynamo. Garnett signed a one-year contract with the club prior to the start of the 2010–11 season. Despite missing some time to injury, Garnett had a successful season with Dynamo as the team finished 1st in their division with Garnett posting a 17-13-2 record and a .916 save percentage. UHC was upset in the first round of the playoffs in a six game series against Dinamo Riga, marking a disappointing end to what had been a strong season.

On May 2, 2011, Garnett signed a two-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk.[4]

The 2011-2012 season has so far been spectacular for Garnett. He was chosen as the goaltender of the month in the KHL for both October and November. He also played for team Fedorov in the 2012 KHL AllStar game in Riga on Jan. 21, 2012. Michael won with his team Continental Cup and became one of the favorite players for fans.[5]

Career Statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA GAA SV% SO
1999–2000 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 0 0 0 14 0 0.00 1.000 0
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 21 14 5 1 1133 39 2.07 .905 3
2000–01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 28 7 17 2 1501 83 3.32 .901 1
2001–02 Saskatoon Blades WHL 67 27 34 4 3738 205 3.29 .897 2
2002–03 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 38 16 15 3 2092 119 3.41 .895 0
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 1 0 33 2 3.64 .875 0
2003–04 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 33 21 10 2 1936 69 2.14 .926 4
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 13 7 3 2 731 32 2.63 .914 0
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 24 11 9 0 1321 63 2.86 .911 1
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 35 15 12 4 1892 106 3.36 .881 1
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 24 10 7 4 1271 73 3.44 .885 2
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 42 23 15 1 2380 120 3.03 .899 2
2007–08 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 50 2676 110 2.47 3
2008–09 MVD Balashikha KHL 38 14 21 1 2200 100 2.73 .889 3
2009–10 MVD Balashikha KHL 44 24 15 4 2562 88 2.06 .917 5
2010–11 Dynamo Moscow KHL 34 17 13 2 1927 72 2.24 .916 2
2011–12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 45 29 10 6 2674 88 1.97 .922 3
2012–13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 36 17 11 6 2128 78 2.20 .923 3
2013–14 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 50 18 21 11 2991 126 2.53 .915 3
KHL totals 247 119 91 30 14484 552 2.29 .914 19
NHL totals 24 10 7 4 1271 73 3.45 .885 2
AHL totals 116 56 40 5 6357 323 3.05 .898 4
ECHL totals 71 37 25 5 4028 188 2.80 .909 4
WHL totals 117 48 56 7 3232 327 3.07 .899 6

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA GAA SV% SO
1999–2000 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 0 1 65 2 1.85 0
2001–02 Saskatoon Blades WHL 7 3 4 450 15 2.00 .939 0
2002–03 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL 3 1 2 178 13 4.38 .885 0
2003–04 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 12 7 5 770 34 2.65 .918 0
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 2 0 119 3 1.51 .957 0
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 11 8 3 675 28 2.49 .910 1
2007–08 HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 5 2 3 236 16 4.10 0
2009–10 MVD Balashikha KHL 22 14 8 1352 52 2.31 .903 1
2010–11 Dynamo Moscow KHL 6 2 3 360 14 2.33 .894 0
2011–12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 16 8 7 988 29 1.76 .935 1
2012–13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 25 14 10 1546 48 1.86 .933 5
KHL totals 69 38 28 4247 143 2.02 .922 7
AHL totals 13 10 3 794 31 2.34 .919 1
ECHL totals 15 8 7 948 47 2.97 .911 0
WHL totals 8 3 5 515 17 1.98 0

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