Garth Snow
Garth Snow
Born (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 48)
Wrentham, Massachusetts, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goalie
Caught Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 114th overall, 1987
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1994-2006

Garth E. Snow (born July 28, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender, currently the general manager, president and alternate governor [1] of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Snow began his NHL career in the 1993-94 season, playing for the Nordiques, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, with which he retired with after the 2005-06 season.

Playing career

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 National Collegiate Athletic Association (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

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.[2] 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.[3]

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 Zedník and Ryan Smyth. Snow was named NHL Executive of the Year for 2006-07 by Sports Illustrated.[4][5] Snow also received a great deal of praise from commenters on XM Radio[6] and other reports for his organization's picks in the 2008 and 2009 entry drafts.

On November 15, 2010, Snow fired head coach Scott Gordon and promoted Jack Capuano to interim head coach after the Islanders suffered a poor record of 4-10-3 in their first 17 games of the 2010-11 season. Capuano would go on to guide the Islanders to their first playoff series win since 1993 during the 2016 playoffs. On January 17, 2017, Snow fired Capuano and promoted Doug Weight to interim head coach in response to the Islanders' record of 17-17-8 through 42 games of the 2016-17 season, which was ranked last in the Eastern Conference at that time.

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 1991-92
All-Hockey East Second Team 1992-93
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1993 [7]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1993 [8]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988-89 University of Maine HE 5 2 2 0 241 14 1 3.49 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 University of Maine HE 25 18 4 0 1290 64 2 2.98 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 University of Maine HE 31 25 4 0 1792 73 2 2.44 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 University of Maine HE 23 21 0 1 1210 42 1 2.08 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 United States NT Intl 23 13 5 3 1324 71 1 3.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 16 6 5 3 927 51 0 3.30 .891 13 8 5 790 42 0 3.19
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 5 3 2 0 279 16 0 3.44 .874 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Cornwall Aces AHL 62 32 20 7 3558 162 3 2.73 .900 8 4 3 402 14 2 2.09
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 1 1 0 119 11 0 5.55 .825 1 0 0 9 1 0 6.78 .667
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 12 8 4 1437 69 0 2.88 .894 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 .000
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 14 8 8 1884 79 2 2.52 .903 12 8 4 699 33 0 2.83 .892
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 14 9 4 1651 67 1 2.43 .902 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 6 0 504 26 0 3.10 .901 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 20 31 8 3501 171 6 2.93 .900 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 10 15 3 1712 76 0 2.66 .902 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 14 15 4 2032 101 3 2.98 .900 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 2 1 0 178 7 0 2.36 .920 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 25 10 7 2 1217 55 2 2.71 .900 1 0 0 26 2 0 4.71 .895
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 43 16 17 5 2390 92 1 2.31 .918 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 39 14 15 5 2015 94 1 2.80 .899 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 SKA St. Petersburg RSL 16 - - - - - 1 2.75 - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 20 4 13 1 1096 68 0 3.72 .886 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .967 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 368 135 147 44 19,837 925 16 2.80 .900 20 9 8 1039 48 1 2.77 .896

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1994 United States OG 5 1 3 1 299 17 0 3.41
1998 United States WC 5 1 2 1 260 12 0 2.77
Senior int'l totals 10 2 5 2 559 29 0 2.90

References

  1. ^ "Business Directory - New York Islanders - Staff". Islanders.nhl.com. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
  3. ^ "Garth Snow, General Manager". New York Islanders. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Snow Hailed". New York Islanders. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "The NHL: Snow Storm". Sports Illustrated. March 12, 2007. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "NHL Draft Analysis on XM Satellite Radio Video - NHL VideoCenter - NY Islanders". Islanders.nhl.tv. 2008-06-22. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved . 

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Smith
General Manager of the New York Islanders
2006-present
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Derek Heriofsky
Hockey East Goaltending Champion
1992-93
Succeeded by
Derek Heriofsky

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