Garth Snow

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Garth Snow
Born(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 44)
Wrentham, MA, USA
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionGoalie
CaughtLeft
Played forQuebec Nordiques
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
National team United States
NHL Draft114th overall, 1987
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career1994–2006
 
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Garth Snow
Born(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 44)
Wrentham, MA, USA
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionGoalie
CaughtLeft
Played forQuebec Nordiques
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
National team United States
NHL Draft114th overall, 1987
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career1994–2006

Garth E. Snow (born July 28, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and is currently the general manager for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Snow was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques out of Mount Saint Charles Academy in the sixth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He went straight to the University of Maine for four years and for three straight years led the NCAA in wins. After helping lead the school to a 42–1–2 record and the NCAA Championship in 1993, he was named to the All-Tournament team. After spending the majority of 1993–94 playing for the United States National Team which included playing in the 1994 Winter Olympics, he turned to his professional career, seeing his first NHL action in five games for the Nordiques.

Snow recorded 32 wins in 62 games for the Cornwall Aces of the AHL during 1994–95. After the Quebec franchise relocated to Colorado, Snow was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for two draft picks during the off-season. Garth would back up veteran Ron Hextall for over two seasons and would alternate with Hextall during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, most notably playing in Game 2 of the Finals. Near the trade deadline in 1997–98, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Sean Burke.

As a Canuck in 1998–99, he registered career highs in games played (65), wins (20), and shutouts (6). His workload was cut in half the following season and he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to 2000–01. His stay in Pittsburgh lasted one season as he signed with the New York Islanders in the off-season. He would remain an Islander for the rest of his career, primarily as a backup to veteran Chris Osgood and then youngster Rick DiPietro.

Throughout his career, Snow was the target of the league office on several occasions over his goaltending equipment, in particular his shoulder pads, which opposing teams accused of violating league rules on size. According to former teammate Mike Peca, Garth Snow was one of the best trash-talkers around. "He's got such a wit and sense of humor like no other. Snow says things that will cut you without being rude or obnoxious." (The Hockey News, August 30, 2002). Snow was regarded as a respected leader both on and off the ice.

Islanders General Manager[edit]

On July 18, 2006, Snow officially confirmed his retirement and was named General manager of the New York Islanders following Neil Smith's dismissal after 41 days on the job.[1] There was much criticism directed the Islanders way for firing a Stanley Cup-winning GM after such a short tenure in favor of Snow, who at the time of his hiring held no experience in management. Defenders of the organization pointed to Snow's Master’s Degree in Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine.[2]

In Snow's first season as GM, he earned praise for making moves to open up space under the salary cap and using the space to trade for Marc-André Bergeron, Richard Zednik and Ryan Smyth. Snow was named NHL Executive of the year for 2006–2007 by Sports Illustrated.[3] Snow also received a great deal of praise from commenters on XM Radio[4] and other reports for his organization's picks in the 2008 and 2009 entry drafts. In 2012, Snow reportedly offered all seven of the Islanders' draft picks - one in each round, including the fourth overall - to Columbus in exchange for the second overall pick. Columbus GM Scott Howson turned down the trade offer, and the Islanders ended up picking defenceman Griffin Reinhart at No. 4.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

AwardYear
All-Hockey East Second Team1991–92
All-Hockey East Second Team1992–93
Hockey East All-Tournament Team1993[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
1988–89University of MaineHE52202411413.49
1990–91University of MaineHE25184012906422.98
1991–92University of MaineHE31254017927322.44
1992–93University of MaineHE23210112104212.08
1993–94United States NTIntl23135313247113.22
1993–94Cornwall AcesAHL166539275103.30.89113857904203.19
1993–94Quebec NordiquesNHL53202791603.44.874
1994–95Cornwall AcesAHL6232207355816232.73.9008434021422.09
1994–95Quebec NordiquesNHL21101191105.55.8251009106.78.667
1995–96Philadelphia FlyersNHL26128414376902.88.8941001000.00.000
1996–97Philadelphia FlyersNHL35148818847922.52.90312846993302.83.892
1997–98Philadelphia FlyersNHL29149416516712.43.902
1997–98Vancouver CanucksNHL123605042603.10.901
1998–99Vancouver CanucksNHL6520318350117162.93.900
1999–00Vancouver CanucksNHL321015317127602.66.902
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL3514154203210132.98.900
2000–01Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL3210178702.36.920
2001–02New York IslandersNHL25107212175522.71.90010026204.71.895
2002–03New York IslandersNHL431617523909212.31.918
2003–04New York IslandersNHL391415520159412.80.899
2004–05SKA St. PetersburgRSL16-----12.75-
2005–06New York IslandersNHL20413110966803.72.886
2005–06Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL110060101.00.967
NHL totals3681351474419837925162.80.900209810394812.77.896

International[edit]

YearTeamEventGPWLTMINGASOGAA
1994United StatesOG51312991703.41
1998United StatesWC51212601202.77
Senior int'l totals102525592902.90

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Smith
General Manager of the New York Islanders
2006–present
Incumbent