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Encyclopedia > John Vanbiesbrouck
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Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Nickname(s) The Beezer, JVB, Beez
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
176 lb (80 kg/12 st 8 lb)
Pro Clubs New York Rangers
Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
Nationality Flag of the United States United States
Born September 4, 1963 (1963-09-04) (age 44),
Detroit, MI, U.S.
NHL Draft 72nd overall, 1981
New York Rangers
Pro Career 1981 – 2002

John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey goaltender, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. He's played for the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils. The position an ice hockey player plays can be divided into three basic categories: Forwards Centre Wingers Defenceman Goaltender ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... A players gloved hands. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Stature redirects here. ... Weight, in the context of human body weight measurements in the medical sciences and in sports is a measurement of mass, and is thus expressed in units of mass, such as kilograms (kg), or units of force such as pounds (lb). ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see Birthday (disambiguation). ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The NHL Entry Draft is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League systematically select the rights to available amateur players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. // The first NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at the... The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was a draft held in Montreal,Quebec. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Detroit redirects here. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... The United States Hockey Hall of Fame, located at 801 Hat Trick Avenue in Eveleth, Minnesota, serves to honor those individuals who have contributed to the sport of hockey in the United States. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...


During his National Hockey League career, Vanbiesbrouck compiled a record of 374 wins, 346 losses, 119 ties, and 40 shutouts. He is considered one of the best American goaltenders in the history of hockey. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1986, was selected to the NHL All-Star Team in 1986, 1994, 1996, and 1997, played in the 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1989 World Championships in Prague, twice went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, and 2001, and was the back-up goaltender for the United States in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. NHL redirects here. ... Vezina Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the person deemed the best ice hockey goaltender as voted on by the general managers of the teams in the National Hockey League. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The NHL All-Star Teams were added to the NHL at the end of the 1930-31 NHL season, to honor the best performers over the season to each position. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A World Championship is any contest to determine the best in the world in a particular field. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The US national ice hockey team is the national team for the United States. ... The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. ...

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Early life

John Vanbiesbrouck was unclaimed in the Midget Draft as a 15 year old, so his father drove him to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to try out with the Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. Vanbiesbrouck made the team, and for three years he was the number one goalie in the Soo. By the time he was eligible for the NHL Entry Draft, there was no doubt that he would be selected. The Rangers chose him 72nd overall in 1981, and just a few months later he made his professional debut with the Blueshirts as an emergency call-up.


Playing career

New York Rangers

On December 5, 1981, he beat the now defunct Colorado Rockies 2-1, at 18 years of age. The Rangers then returned him to the Soo to develop. For two years he played goal for the United States at the World Championships, and in the CHL. In 1982, he won the Terry Sawchuk Award (with Ron Scott) for Best Goalie. The following year in 1983, he was awarded the Ivan Trophy as the CHL’s Most Valuable Player. In the fall of 1984 he made the Rangers full time. But the New Yorkers were eliminated quickly from the playoffs in the spring of 1985, and Vanbiesbrouck gladly accepted an invitation to represent the U.S. team at the World Championships in Prague. In 1986, he had his first 30 win season, where he finished the year netting 31 victories for New York. Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ...


He stayed the Rangers' number one goalie until Mike Richter arrived on Broadway and established himself as an equal but younger talent. The two became one of the best duos in the game, but Beezer was left exposed in the Expansion Draft in 1993 by Vancouver after the Rangers had traded him to the Canucks for future considerations (Doug Lidster). Because of this, he would miss the Rangers' 1994 President's Trophy and Stanley Cup winning year. Mike Richter Mike Richter (born September 22, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is a former NHL goaltender. ... John Douglas Andrew Lidster (born October 18, 1960 in Kamloops, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League to the team which finished with the best record in the entire league during the regular season. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


Florida Panthers

However, his career exploded durring his years with the Panthers. During the 1994 season, John played in nearly 60 games, and ended the year with the 2nd best save percentage in the league. The following year, Vanbiesbrouck played a key role in Florida staying in the playoff hunt until the end of the 1994-1995 season. He recorded 33 victories and his performance earned him the runner-up to the Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy. In 1996, he backstopped the Panthers to the first, and only, Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history, upsetting the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins before losing in a four game sweep to the Colorado Avalanche. He finished third in voting for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Runner-up is a term used to denote a participant which finishes in second place in any of a variety of competitive endeavors, most notably sporting events and beauty pageants; in the latter instance, the term is applied to more than one of the highest-ranked non-winning contestants, the... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... Vezina Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the person deemed the best ice hockey goaltender as voted on by the general managers of the teams in the National Hockey League. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ...


In 1997, Vanbiesbrouck recorded his 300th career victory, and tied his career high for longest undefeated streak at nine games. However, a long Panthers losing streak caused him to be booed off the ice later in the 1997-1998 season.


Philadelphia Flyers

Before the start of the 1998-1999 season, Vanbiesbrouck signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. His first season with Philadelphia was very successful. He posted a 2.18 GAA, and notched 6 shutouts before rotating the starting goaltending job with Ron Hextall and then Brian Boucher. Ron niggerdick Hextall (born May 3, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender most often associated with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. ... Brian Boucher (born January 2, 1977 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. ...


New York Islander and New Jersey Devils

On Draft Day in 2000, John was traded to the New York Islanders, but didn't even finish the season with the Islanders. In March, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Chris Terreri, where he became the backup netminder for Martin Brodeur. He recorded his 40th shutout, and won every game he appeared in with New Jersey. During the 2000-2001 season, the Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row. They played the Colorado Avalanche and lost in seven games. Vanbiesbrouck promptly retired on June 9, 2001 after the game had ended. John could not stay away from hockey long, on February 4, 2002, he agreed to terms with the Devils to come out of retirment. He was the back-up for the rest of the season, and then retired for good from professional hockey on May 25, 2002. Chris Terreri (born November 15, 1964 in Providence, Rhode Island) was a perennial backup goaltender for several NHL teams. ... Martin Pierre Brodeur (IPA: ) (born May 6, 1972, in Montreal, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils. ...


Internationally

Internationally he played in the 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1989 World Championships. He participated in both the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups for the U.S. team. Although he didn't play in the inaugural 1996 World Cup due to shoulder surgery, it should be noted that he was selected as one of the goaltenders for the U.S. team. He teamed again with Mike Richter at the Nagano Olympics in Japan in 1998 when the NHL shut down to allow all its pros to participate. However, the U.S. sixth-place finish was considered a disappointment.On October 12, 2007 Vanbiesbrouck was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter and Michigan Tech NCAA Coach John MacInnes. He currently resides in Michigan (Oakland County Area) with his family, and is an analyst for The NHL on Versus as well as hockey broadcasts on HDNet. He has two charities he participates in, the Paralysis Fund, and the ADD Foundation he started for Attention Deficit Disorder. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with The NHL on OLN. (Discuss) The NHL on Versus is what will tentatively be the title of the networks hockey presentations once what is now known as OLN transitions to Versus on September 25, 2006. ... HDNet is a general interest television channel in the United States, broadcasting exclusively in high-definition format, and available via cable and satellite television. ...


Post playing career

When he retired from the NHL, he took the position of head coach, and general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. There, he admitted he used a racial slur to describe a black player, Greyhounds captain Trevor Daley (now plays with the Dallas Stars). Daley quit the Ontario Hockey League team and returned home to Toronto after being told that Vanbiesbrouck used the slur while talking to other players. Vanbiesbrouck apologized and resigned his positions as coach and general manager, saying that he would sell his 25% ownership stake in the team immediately. The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Ste. ... Terms of disparagement are pejorative words and phrases which are either intended to be or are often regarded as insulting, impolite or unkind. ... Trevor Daley (October 9, 1983) in Toronto, Ontario is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays defense for the National Hockey Leagues Dallas Stars. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ...


Records

  • Holds New York Rangers all-time franchise record for most assists in a single season by a goaltender (5).
  • Holds New York Rangers all-time franchise record for most career assists by a goaltender (25).
  • Holds Florida Panthers all-time franchise record for most games played by a goaltender (268).
  • Holds New Jersey Devils all-time franchise record for best GAA by a goaltender (1.78).
  • Holds NHL all-time record for most victories as an American born goaltender (374).
  • Holds NHL all-time record for most shutouts as an American born goaltender (40).
  • Holds NHL all-time record for most assists as an American born goaltender (35).

Info

  • Became the 15th, and only the 2nd American, goaltender in NHL history to record 300 career wins when he defeated the New York Islanders 6-2, December 27, 1997
  • Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October 2007 [1]
  • Last New York Rangers Goaltender to have won the Vezina Trophy.

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References

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Preceded by
Pelle Lindbergh
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1986
Succeeded by
Ron Hextall
Preceded by
Craig Hartsburg
Head Coach of the Soo Greyhounds
2002-03
Succeeded by
Marty Abrams
Preceded by
Scott Stevens and Steve Yzerman
EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL '97
Succeeded by
Peter Forsberg

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