July 28, 1969 |
Wrentham, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Nordiques
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||114th overall, 1987
Garth E. Snow (born July 28, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender, currently the general manager, president and alternate governor  of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Snow began his NHL career in the 1993–94 season, playing for the Nordiques, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, with which he retired with after the 2005–06 season.
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 National Collegiate Athletic Association (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
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. 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.
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 Zedník and Ryan Smyth. Snow was named NHL Executive of the Year for 2006–07 by Sports Illustrated. Snow also received a great deal of praise from commenters on XM Radio and other reports for his organization's picks in the 2008 and 2009 entry drafts.
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East Second Team||1991–92|
|All-Hockey East Second Team||1992–93|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||1993|||
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||1993|||
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||10||2||5||2||559||29||0||2.90|
- TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|General Manager of the New York Islanders
|Awards and achievements|
|Hockey East Goaltending Champion