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Born August 31, 1975 (1975-08-31) (age 34),
Denver, CO
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Colorado Avalanche
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
KHL
Avangard Omsk
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 229th overall, 1994
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1997 – present

John Gillies Mark Grahame (born August 31, 1975, in Denver, Colorado) is a professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

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Playing career

Grahame played in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers before he was drafted in the ninth round, 229th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He then elected to play three years of collegiate hockey with Lake Superior State of the CCHA.

John turned professional in the 1997–98 season, and was assigned by the Bruins to start for the Providence Bruins. In his second pro year, Grahame returned to the P-Bruins and took the team to the playoffs, leading them to victory in the Calder Cup.

In the 1999–00 campain, Grahame started the season back in Providence, but was called up to the Boston Bruins mid-season to backup Byron Dafoe in the Bruins' net, where he played credibly and was second in balloting to the league's all-rookie team. However, a broken ankle in the 2000 offseason took a long time to heal, and Grahame struggled to recapture his form.[1] He played for the next three seasons in Boston before being traded midseason in 2003 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The following season, Grahame returned to standard, having the best season of his career as a backup for the Stanley Cup-winning club. He became Tampa Bay's starting goalie in the 2005–06 NHL season, but was criticized publicly by head coach John Tortorella after consecutive poor starts which contributed to the Lightning being eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs.[2]

Grahame signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 1, 2006.[3] He was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on January 4, 2008. The Hurricanes called up Michael Leighton from the team's AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, to replace him as the team's backup goaltender after Grahame began the season with a 4–6–1 record. The Hurricanes recalled Grahame on January 21.

During this time, Grahame played a single game for the United States Olympic team in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and also was the starter for the United States National Team in the 2007 World Championships.

In May 2008, after the conclusion of the Hurricanes' season, as a free agent, Grahame signed with Avangard Omsk of the new Kontinental Hockey League. However on 9 December 2008, Grahame left Omsk and became a free agent once more. Avangard Omsk stated that the reason for contract cancellation was Grahame's constant problems with alcohol.

On January 14, 2009, Grahame returned to Omsk to appeal the cancellation of his contract. He disputed that he had a drinking problem. Amidst problems with personnel, Grahame was denied his appeal.[4]

On December 12, 2009, Grahame signed a professional tryout contract for the 2009–10 season with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. After playing in 12 games with the Phantoms Grahame signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche and was assigned to the injury-hit Lake Erie Monsters on March 3, 2010.[5]

Personal

He is the son of retired professional goaltender Ron Grahame. His father was traded for the draft pick used to select John Grahame's future teammate Ray Bourque. His mother, Charlotte was a member of the front office of the 2001 Colorado Avalanche that won the Stanley Cup.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 Lake Superior CCHA 28 16 7 3 1616 75 2 2.78 .887
1995–96 Lake Superior CCHA 29 21 4 2 1658 67 2 2.42 .904
1996–97 Lake Superior CCHA 37 19 3 4 2197 134 3 3.66 .876
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 55 15 31 4 3053 164 3 3.22 .898
1998–99 Providence Bruins AHL 48 37 9 1 2771 134 3 2.90 .896 19 15 4 1209 48 1 2.38 .912
1999–00 Providence Bruins AHL 27 11 13 2 1528 86 1 3.38 .902 13 10 3 839 35 0 2.50 .917
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 24 7 10 5 1344 55 2 2.46 .910
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 16 4 7 3 893 47 0 3.16 .899 17 8 9 1043 46 2 2.65 .923
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 10 3 4 0 471 28 0 3.57 .867
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 19 8 7 2 1079 52 1 2.89 .897
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 23 11 9 2 1352 61 1 2.71 .902
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 6 5 4 914 34 2 2.23 .920 1 0 1 111 2 0 1.08 .958
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 18 9 1 1688 58 1 2.06 .913 1 0 0 34 2 0 3.53 .882
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 29 22 1 3152 161 5 3.06 .889 4 1 3 188 15 0 4.79 .847
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 28 10 13 2 1515 72 0 2.85 .897
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 5 7 1 848 53 0 3.75 .875
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7 4 3 0 415 21 0 3.04 .912
2008–09 Avangard Omsk KHL 20 9 10 1 1195 57 3 2.86 .896
NHL Totals 224 97 86 18 12363 574 12 2.79 .898 6 1 4 333 19 0 3.42 .883

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