Cam Talbot

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Cam Talbot
Cam Talbot - New York Rangers.jpg
Talbot while with the New York Rangers in 2014
Born (1987-07-05) July 5, 1987 (age 31)
Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Cameron Talbot (born July 5, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New York Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers.

Prior to joining the NHL, Talbot played at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he was named an All-College Hockey America Second Team and MVP in the 2010 CHA tournament. Internationally, Talbot has represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Minor, Jr. A., and Collegiate[edit]

Talbot grew up in Caledonia, Ontario, and started playing with the Caledonia Thunder MHA programs before making the leap to the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs of the South Central AAA League in Minor Bantam. He played three seasons of AAA hockey, was undrafted in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection and returned to the Jr. Bulldogs, where he played a season of Major Midget.

After a solid Major Midget season, Talbot made the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) for the 2004–05 season.

Talbot played college hockey at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.[1] In the 2009–10 season, he was named to the All-College Hockey America Second Team and was named Most Valuable Player in the CHA Tournament, while leading the Chargers to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.[2]

Professional[edit]

New York Rangers[edit]

On March 30, 2010, the NHL's New York Rangers signed Talbot as a free agent.[3] He was promoted to the Rangers on February 28, 2011, after playing the majority of the 2010–11 season with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) (he also played two ECHL games with the Greenville Road Warriors)[4] and was returned to the Whale on March 3, 2011.[5][6]

Talbot played the 2011–12 season with Connecticut, but after Connecticut was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Talbot was added to the Rangers' Stanley Cup playoff roster.[7] After the 2012–13 Whale season, he was again added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[8] Talbot was again called up to the Rangers on October 15, 2013, after Martin Biron was demoted to the AHL, finding himself a place in the NHL for the first time as the backup to starter Henrik Lundqvist.[9] Talbot made his on-ice NHL debut on October 24 in a 2–1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.[10][11] His first NHL win came in his next game, against the Detroit Red Wings, on October 26, 2013,[12][13] and he earned his first NHL shutout against the Montreal Canadiens on November 16, 2013.[14] In the 2014 playoffs, Talbot twice entered to relieve Lundqvist en route to the Rangers' Eastern Conference title before ultimately falling to the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals.[15]

For the 2014–15 season, Talbot began the year as the Rangers' backup goaltender, and in his first eight games played, he recorded three shutouts, matching his total from the entire previous season.

On February 3, 2015, Talbot became New York's temporary starting goaltender after Henrik Lundqvist suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his neck. Talbot started 24 of the Rangers' next 26 games (Mackenzie Skapski played the other two) until March 27, when Lundqvist returned to the line-up. During Lundqvist's absence, Talbot performed better in net and went 17–4–3. In fact, Talbot ended the season with a lower GAA (2.21), and a higher save percentage (.926) than Lundqvist (2.25 GAA, .922 save percentage). For his remarkable efforts towards New York's Presidents' Trophy-winning season, he received the Steve McDonald Extra Effort Award on April 6.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On June 27, 2015, Talbot was traded by the Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for three draft picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[16] Talbot competed for Edmonton's #1 goaltender spot with Anders Nilsson during his first season with the Oilers.

On January 17, 2016, the Oilers signed Talbot to a three-year, $12 million contract extension.[17] Nilsson was eventually traded to the St. Louis Blues, leaving Cam Talbot as Edmonton's starting goaltender.

On April 6, 2017, Talbot set an Oilers record for most wins in a season passing Grant Fuhr, who had 40 wins, by earning 41 wins.[18] Talbot finished the season by leading the NHL in games played (72 of 82 in regular season) and time on ice by a goaltender, as well as tied for first in wins with 42. The Oilers finished that season second in the Pacific Division, with 103 points. Talbot helped his team reach Game 7 of the Western Semifinals, losing to the Anaheim Ducks in what was the first playoff appearance by the Oilers in ten years. Talbot finished the playoffs with a 2.88 GAA, .924 save percentage and two shutouts.[19][20]

On October 4, 2017, Talbot recorded a 27-save shutout in the 2017–18 season-opener against the Calgary Flames.[21] Talbot and the Oilers would not be able to replicate the previous season's success, and missed the playoffs. Talbot finished the season with a 31–31–3 record with a goals-against-average of 3.02.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

During the 2018–19 season, on February 15, 2019, Talbot was traded by the Oilers to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Anthony Stolarz.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Talbot married his wife Kelly in 2012,[23] and the two had twins in October 2016.[24]

Talbot is a fan of Ghostbusters, and is known to incorporate Ghostbusters artwork into his mask designs.[25]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada East
World Junior A Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2006 Yorkton
Representing  Canada
IIHF World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 Russia

Talbot attended the 2016 IIHF World Championship as the starting goaltender for Team Canada. He led the team to its second straight gold medal at the tournament and tied a tournament record for shutouts with 4.[26]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

  • Most wins in a season: 42 (2016–17)

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%
2004–05 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 19
2005–06 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 35 25 13 1 2046 87 1 2.55 .908 14 8 6 903 52 1 3.46 .891
2006–07 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 28 19 5 2 1644 57 1 2.08 .918 19 13 6 1243 51 0 2.46 .923
2007–08 Alabama–Huntsville Chargers CHA 13 1 10 0 583 45 0 4.63 .860
2008–09 Alabama–Huntsville Chargers CHA 24 2 16 3 1320 65 1 2.95 .907
2009–10 Alabama–Huntsville Chargers CHA 33 12 18 3 1958 85 1 2.61 .925
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 1 0 0 0 19 3 0 9.70 .727
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 22 11 9 2 1308 62 2 2.84 .902 1 0 1 38 2 0 3.13 .917
2010–11 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 2 1 0 1 122 5 0 2.46 .921
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 33 14 15 1 1865 81 4 2.61 .913 9 5 4 571 20 2 2.10 .939
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 55 25 28 1 3105 136 2 2.63 .918
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 5 4 0 1 314 13 0 2.49 .924
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 21 12 6 1 1211 33 3 1.64 .941 2 0 1 46 2 0 2.61 .846
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 36 21 9 4 2095 77 5 2.21 .926
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 56 21 27 5 3223 137 3 2.55 .917
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 42 22 8 4294 171 7 2.39 .919 13 7 6 800 33 2 2.48 .924
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 31 31 3 3731 188 1 3.02 .908
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 10 15 3 1695 95 1 3.36 .893
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 1 2 0 211 13 0 3.70 .881
NHL totals 288 138 112 24 16,459 714 20 2.60 .915 15 7 7 846 35 2 2.48 .922

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006 Canada East WJAC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 3 1 0 240 7 0 1.75 .916
2016 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 7 1 0 480 10 4 1.25 .940
Junior totals 4 3 1 0 240 7 0 1.75 .916
Senior totals 8 7 1 0 480 10 4 1.25 .940

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Talbot beat odds to get NHL contract". New York Rangers. June 18, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cam Talbot". The Hockey News. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Rangers add free agent goalie Talbot – New York Rangers – News
  4. ^ "Premier 'AA' Hockey League | Five debuts give ECHL 520 players to reach NHL". The Echl. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Goalie Talbot called up from Greenville". New York Rangers. February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Johnson called up from Connecticut". New York Rangers. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rangers call up 10 players from Whale". New York Rangers. April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Cerny, Jim (October 15, 2013). "J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot Join Rangers". Blueshirts United. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Cerny, Jim (October 23, 2013). "Wednesday Practice Report: Talbot In For Hurt Lundqvist In Philly". Blueshirts United. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Wisniwski, M. (October 24, 2013). "Coburn's goal gives Flyers 2–1 win over Rangers". Associated Press. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  12. ^ "Brassard's OT goal gives Rangers win over Detroit". Associated Press. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  13. ^ Leonard, P. (October 26, 2013). "Derick Brassard scores game-winning goal to lift NY Rangers past Red Wings". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Murphy, J. (November 17, 2013). "Talbot's shutout gives Rangers rare win in Montreal". NHL.com. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Rangers backup G Cam Talbot injured, out for Stanley Cup finals opener; untested Leneveu is in". Fox News. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "Rangers trade Cam Talbot and Carl Hagelin". New York Post. June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "Oilers agree to three-year extension with Talbot". National Hockey League. January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  18. ^ McLaren, Ian (April 7, 2017). "Talbot sets Oilers' single-season wins record". thescore.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.nhl.com/oilers/stats/2016-2017/playoffs
  20. ^ Samboke (August 7, 2017), Top 10 Goalies Right Now, retrieved August 13, 2017
  21. ^ Gazzola, Paul (October 5, 2017). "GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Flames 0". NHL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Oilers trade Talbot to Flyers for Stolarz". The Sports Network. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  23. ^ "KELLY TALBOT – THE HARDEST JOB IN HOCKEY". yegfitness.ca. July 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  24. ^ Tilley, Meg (October 19, 2016). "Two by two". NHL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  25. ^ "Talbot's new mask depicts his twins as 'Ghostbusters' cartoons". NHL.com. August 21, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  26. ^ http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/Canada-wins-gold-at-2016-worlds

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Read
CHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
2010
Succeeded by
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