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Martin Biron in net for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Born August 15, 1977 (1977-08-15) (age 32),
Lac-Saint-Charles, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Career 1996 – present

Martin Gaston Biron (born August 15, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). His younger brother Mathieu plays for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

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Playing career

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Buffalo Sabres

Biron started his hockey career on the Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 16th overall. He got his first NHL start for the Buffalo Sabres in the 1995–96 season. After posting a 5.04 goals against average, with zero wins and two losses, he was sent back to the QMJHL to improve. After the 2000–01 season, he was a consistent goaltender for the Sabres, as his play in the crease improved drastically.

Martin Biron in goal for Buffalo.

Biron, along with Rob Ray and Dominik Hašek, was one of the three Sabres who, in three consecutive years, the NHL made a specific rule against. The "Biron rule" was in regards to which number players could wear on their jerseys, the league limiting it to whole numbers between 1 and 99 (later limited to numbers between 1 and 98 because of the league-wide retirement of number 99 for Wayne Gretzky). Biron was the only NHL player affected as only he wore "00". Upon his return to the NHL three seasons later, Biron switched to number 43, a number he has worn ever since.

Philadelphia Flyers

After losing the number one goaltending job to youngster Ryan Miller, Biron requested a trade from the Sabres on June 26, 2006, in an effort to receive more playing time. Finally, on February 27, 2007, the Sabres traded Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second round draft pick.[1]

On March 27, 2007, Biron signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with the Flyers to be the starting goalie in Philadelphia. After appearing in 62 games and recording 30 wins in the 2007–08 season, he led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing in five games to the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins. He appeared in 55 games for the Flyers in the 2008-09 NHL Season, winning 29 and helping the Flyers to the 5th overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers were once again eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 NHL Playoffs, this time in the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals in six games.

New York Islanders

Biron in goal for the New York Islanders.

On July 1, 2009, Biron entered free agency. He was soon left in a difficult position after the Flyers signed goaltenders Ray Emery and Brian Boucher, while other teams quickly filled up their goaltending roster needs. Biron soon signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the New York Islanders on July 22, 2009.[2] He joins goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Rick DiPietro.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 56 29 16 9 3193 132 3 2.48
1995–96 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 55 29 17 7 3207 150 1 2.84 .897
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 2 0 119 10 0 5.04 .844
1996–97 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 18 6 10 1 935 62 1 3.98 .895
1996–97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 16 11 4 1 972 43 2 2.65 .915
1997–98 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2 0 1 1 86 3 0 2.09 .929
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 41 14 18 6 2312 113 5 2.93 .907
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 1 2 1 281 10 0 2.14 .917
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 52 36 13 3 3129 108 6 2.07 .930
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 6 6 0 0 344 12 1 2.09 .924
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 19 18 2 2229 90 5 2.42 .909
2000–01 Rochester Americans AHL 4 3 1 0 239 4 1 1.00 .955
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 7 7 1 918 39 2 2.55 .909
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 31 28 10 4085 151 4 2.22 .915
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 17 28 6 3170 135 4 2.56 .908
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 26 18 5 2921 125 2 2.52 .913
2004–05 DNP — Lockout
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 21 8 3 1934 93 1 2.88 .905
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 12 4 1 1066 54 0 3.04 .899
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 6 8 2 935 47 0 3.02 .908
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 30 20 9 3539 153 5 2.59 .918
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 29 19 5 3176 146 2 2.75 .915
NHL totals 433 199 163 25 20 24424 1053 25 2.59 .912

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 16 8 7 900 37 4 2.47
1995–96 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 19 12 7 1134 64 0 3.39
1996–97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 6 3 1 325 19 0 3.51
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 4 1 3 239 16 0 4.01 .885
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 20 12 8 1167 42 1 2.16 .934
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 9 8 1048 52 1 2.97 .904
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 2 4 375 16 1 2.56 .919
NHL totals 23 11 10 1423 68 2 2.87 .908

International

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997 Canada WJC 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 .000
2003 Canada WC Selected, but did not play
Senior int'l totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000

Personal life

  • Biron is married to Anne Marie Biron with three children: Jacob Mathieu, Grace Anne, and Emily Marie, who was born on Tuesday April 14, 2008 (between Games two and three of the Stanley Cup Eastern Quarter-finals).
  • Biron is good friends with his former coach Lindy Ruff and Daniel Brière; Daniel signed a contract to play in Philadelphia with Biron.
  • Biron has a summer home outside of Buffalo, New York.
  • Biron's brother-in-law used to make fun of his middle name — Gaston — and they jokingly came up with the Great Gaston, a fictional lumberjack character which now appears on Biron's helmet.
  • Biron speaks Canadian French and English fluently.

See also

References

External links


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