Norm Maracle

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Norm Maracle
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Maracle playing for HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Born (1974-10-02) 2 October 1974 (age 39)
Belleville, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Played for Starbulls Rosenheim
Kölner Haie
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
Iserlohn Roosters
Avangard Omsk
Magnitogorsk Metallurg
Atlanta Thrashers
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 126th overall, 1993
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1994–2012

Norm Maracle (born October 2, 1974) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Maracle most recently played in Germany's 2nd tier Bundesliga with the Rosenheim Starbulls from 2010 to 2012. Prior to playing in Europe, Maracle had played in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers. Maracle was born in Belleville, Ontario, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Norm Maracle is currently (2013/2014) coaching young players in Northern Quebec, Specifically, Whapmagoostui, Quebec, located on the east coast of the Hudson's Bay.

Junior career[edit]

Maracle joined the WHL's Saskatoon Blades during the 1991–92 season and remained with them until the 1993–94 season. Maracle's level of play during the 1993–94 season would earn him the Del Wilson Trophy for best goaltender in the WHL. Prior to the 1993–94 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings drafted Maracle in the 5th Round, 126th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional career in North America[edit]

Detroit[edit]

For the start of the 1994–95 season, Maracle was signed by the Red Wings and reassigned to their AHL affiliate the Adirondack Red Wings, sharing goaltending duties with Kevin Hodson. For the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons, Maracle would remain in the AHL, posting prolific winning records and a high save percentage each season, but did not get called up to the NHL due to the Red Wings' overwhelming goaltending depth, being the fourth goaltender behind Mike Vernon, Chris Osgood and Hodson.

While Maracle would spend the 1997–98 season as the starting goaltender in Adirondack, he would eventually get the call up from the Red Wings and post a 2–0–1 record in four NHL appearances. He did not see any playoff action that season, where the Red Wings would go on to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. He was included on the team picture, and awarded a Stanley Cup Ring. However, his name does not appear on the Stanley Cup, because he did not play enough games.

Maracle challenged Hodson for the backup spot for the 1998–99 season. Maracle put up solid numbers during the season and as a result, became Detroit's backup goaltender to Osgood. Maracle appeared in 16 regular season contests, posting a 6–5–2 record and a 91.8% save percentage. Hodson, however, was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to the trade deadline so the Red Wings could acquire Bill Ranford as Detroit's third goaltender. Due to Ranford's strong showing towards the end of the regular season, the Red Wings kept Maracle on roster, but designated him as the third goaltender. After the Red Wings defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the opening round of the playoffs, they went on to face the Colorado Avalanche in the Conference Semifinals. Osgood was injured prior to the first game, placing Ranford as the starting goaltender and Maracle as backup. Maracle played in two games against Colorado, relieving Ranford in both instances. By the time Osgood returned from being injured, the Red Wings could not overcome the Avalanche and were eliminated in the playoffs. Not having lived up to expectations, Ranford was not re-signed at the end of the season. Maracle also fell under scrutiny because not only did he not perform as expected in the playoffs, but his conditioning was coming into question. Due to this, Maracle was unprotected in the Expansion Draft, resulting in the Atlanta Thrashers claiming Maracle 2nd overall in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft on 25 June 1999.

Maracle earned the nickname "Miracle" because despite being a borderline starting goaltender, Maracle would occasionally have superb games (including three 50+ save performances).

Atlanta[edit]

With the 1999–2000 season in the NHL being the first for the Thrashers, there was some instability in the lineup. Maracle still managed to start in more games for the Thrashers than any of the other four goaltenders whom he played alongside with (being Damian Rhodes, Scott Fankhouser, Scott Langkow and Rick Tabaracci). However, with a shaky defense playing in front of him, Maracle finished the season with a 4–19–2 record and would have a save percentage under 90%. The team did not make the playoffs.

When Maracle reported for the 2000–01 training camp, his conditioning had become so poor that he was reassigned to the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League, Atlanta's minor league affiliate. In spite of this, Maracle worked hard to post an impressive 33–13–3 record at a minor level. His eight shutouts that season with Orlando are a team record. As well, he helped backstop the Solar Bears to their first and only Turner Cup victory in the International Hockey League in the league's final year of operation. His strong minor league performance earned him 13 appearances for the Thrashers during that season. Though his record for the Thrashers was 2–8–3, his save percentage slightly improved.

Maracle appeared in a single NHL game for the 2001–02 season, being a 3–0 loss to the Washington Capitals on November 10, 2001; this was his last NHL game. Maracle spent the rest of the season with the Thrashers' new minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Maracle was the starting goaltender with Pasi Nurminen backing him up.

For the 2002–03 Season, Maracle remained in the minors while Nurminen ascended the depth charts to become Atlanta's starting goaltender, with Milan Hnilicka, Byron Dafoe and Frédéric Cassivi supporting him. While Hnilicka and Cassivi would be assigned and recalled from their minor league affiliate, Maracle did not receive that same privilege. Having run out of options to leave the minors in the North American system, Maracle signed with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the RSL on 8 June 2003.

Professional career in Europe[edit]

Maracle, better conditioned and in a new system, would appear in 46 contests for Magnitogorsk Metallurg for the 2003–04 season.

Though he signed a contract with the Nurnburg Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Liga at the start of the 2004–05 season, he never appeared in a contest for them. Maracle ended up signing with the 2004 RSL Champion Avangard Omsk on 5 November 2004. Maracle would go on to compete with Avangard for the European Cup Championship, which Avangard ended up winning.

Maracle established himself as the starting goaltender for Avangard for the 2005–06 season as well.

In the 2006–07 season, though Maracle served Avangard as their starting goaltender for their previous seasons, he supported Alexandre Fomichev as the team's backup goaltender. The team placed third overall in the league and went to the semi-finals of the Russian Super League Championships before losing to the eventual champions, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

For the 2007–08 season, Maracle signed with the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Maracle became a favorite amongst Roosters fans, especially for his on ice antics including break dancing.[1]

Maracle joined HDD Olimpija Ljubljana who played in the Austrian League in the 2009–10 season from January to April 2010 for the Kölner Haie.[2]

Maracle signed with Starbulls Rosenheim, a team in Germany's 2nd tier Bundesliga, in July 2010.

Retirement[edit]

On May 25, 2012, the Star Bulls announced through a press release that Maracle was dealing with personal issues (recent separation from his wife Sarah, father becoming ill) and would not be returning to the team.[3] Because of his release, Maracle is considered retired.[4][5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1990–91 Calgary North Stars AMHL 29 1740 99 0 3.43
1991–92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 29 13 6 3 1529 87 1 3.41
1992–93 Saskatoon Blades WHL 53 27 18 3 2939 160 1 3.27
1993–94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 56 41 13 1 3219 148 2 2.76
1994–95 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 39 12 15 2 1997 119 0 3.57 .896
1995–96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 54 24 18 6 2949 135 2 2.75 .905
1996–97 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 68 34 22 9 3843 173 5 2.70 .916
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 2 0 1 178 6 0 2.02 .905
1997–98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 66 27 29 8 3709 190 1 3.07 .912
1998–99 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 3 3 0 359 18 0 3.01 .908
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 6 5 2 821 31 0 2.27 .918
1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 32 4 19 2 1618 94 1 3.49 .890
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 51 33 13 3 2963 100 8 2.02 .925
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 13 2 8 3 753 43 0 3.43 .894
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 51 21 25 4 2919 141 3 2.90 .906
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 1 0 1 0 60 3 0 3.00 .850
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 49 22 18 6 2794 134 2 2.88 .906
2003–04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 46 2457 82 8 2.00 .925
2004–05 Avangard Omsk Russia 28
2005–06 Avangard Omsk Russia 44 2565 91 5 2.13 .909
2006–07 Avangard Omsk Russia 12
2007–08 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 50 24 13 0 1596 155 4 3.18 .911
2008–09 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 33 8 13 0 947 106 0 3.43 .899
2009–10 Cologne Sharks DEL 5 0 3 0 128 14 0 3.22 .901
2009–10 HDD Tilia Olimpija EBEL 25 3.58 .901
2010–11 Rosenheim Star Bulls 2.Bun 44 24 19 0 2626 110 0 2.51
2011–12 Rosenheim Star Bulls 2.Bun 45 23 21 0 2604 111 3 2.56
NHL totals 66 14 33 8 3430 177 1 3.10 .897

Post season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1991–92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 15 9 5 860 37 0 3.38
1992–93 Saskatoon Blades WHL 9 4 5 569 33 0 3.48
1993–94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 16 11 5 940 48 1 3.06
1995–96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 1 0 1 30 4 0 8.11
1996–97 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 4 1 3 192 10 1 3.13
1997–98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 0 3 180 10 0 3.33
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 58 3 0 3.10 .864
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 16 12 4 1003 37 1 2.21
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 1 55 4 0 4.36 .818
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 8 3 4 462 17 1 2.21 .915
2003–04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 14
NHL totals 2 0 0 58 3 0 3.10 .864

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