Jim Carey (ice hockey)

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Jim Carey
Born (1974-05-31) May 31, 1974 (age 44)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 1992
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1994–1999

James M. Carey (born May 31, 1974) is a retired American ice hockey goaltender who played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, and St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL). Carey was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Playing career[edit]

Carey made his college hockey debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 1992. Jim Carey was the highest drafted goalie in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, taken in the 2nd round, 32nd overall by the Washington Capitals. Before coming to Washington, Carey played in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 1993 and played in the AHL with the Portland Pirates. In Portland, Carey took home numerous individual awards including the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the AHL and the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award for top netminder in the AHL. He was also selected to the First All-Star Team.

In 1995, Carey made his NHL debut in Washington and went undefeated in his first seven games. He would finish the season with an 18-6-3 record and was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. This early success promoted him to Washington's starting goalie the following season - his best in the NHL. He played in 71 games, won 35, recorded 9 shutouts, and finished with a GAA of 2.26. He won the Vezina Trophy for his efforts and was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team. The next fall, Carey was the backup to goalie Mike Richter on Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey. The United States would win gold by beating Team Canada in three games.

In 1997, he was traded midway through the season to the Boston Bruins in a blockbuster deal. Carey would never find his true form again in Boston and was sent down to the minors a year later with the Providence Bruins in the AHL. Carey signed on as a free agent at the end of the season with the St. Louis Blues and played four games before deciding he had had enough of hockey.

Because of Carey's name's similarity to that of actor Jim Carrey, his nicknames were The Mask, Ace, and eventually Net Detective which were a play on Carrey's 1994 films The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Life after the NHL[edit]

Carey is the CEO and President of OptiMED Billing Solutions, Inc., a medical billing company, based out of Sarasota, Florida and Boston.

Awards and honors[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1996 World Cup of Hockey
Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1992–93
All-WCHA Second Team 1992–93

Washington Capitals records[edit]

  • Career lowest GAA (2.37).
  • Lowest GAA in a single season (2.13 in 1995)
  • Tied for most penalty minutes in a playoff season (4 in 1995).
  • Tied for most shutouts in a single season (9 in 1996).

Transactions[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1989–90 Boston College High School High-MA 20 12 0 0 1200 20 0 1.00
1990–91 Catholic Memorial Knights High-MA 14 14 0 0 840 20 6 1.66
1991–92 Catholic Memorial Knights High-MA 21 19 2 0 940 34 8 1.63
1992–93 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 26 15 8 1 1525 78 1 3.07
1993–94 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 40 24 13 1 2247 114 1 3.04
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 55 30 14 11 3281 151 6 2.76 .909
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 28 18 6 3 1604 57 4 2.13 .913 7 2 4 358 25 0 4.19 .834
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 71 35 24 9 4069 153 9 2.26 .906 3 0 1 97 10 0 6.19 .744
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 40 17 18 3 2293 105 1 2.75 .893
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL 19 5 13 0 1004 64 0 3.82 .871
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 10 2 7 1 605 40 0 3.97 .878
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 10 3 2 1 496 24 2 2.90 .893
1998–99 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 2 1 0 1 120 2 0 1.00 .962
1998–99 Providence Bruins AHL 30 17 8 3 1750 68 3 2.33 .919
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 2 0 202 13 0 3.86 .829
NHL totals 172 79 65 16 9668 416 16 2.58 .898 10 2 5 455 35 0 4.62 .816

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1993 United States WJC 4 2 2 0 240 14 0 3.50

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dominik Hašek
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1996
Succeeded by
Dominik Hašek