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Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
None (Unrestricted Free Agent)
Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 22 1976 (1976-04-22) (age 33),
Mont Laurier, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 26th overall, 1994
New York Rangers
Pro Career 1996 – 2008


Dan Cloutier (born April 22, 1976 in Mont Laurier, Quebec, Canada) is a professional goaltender. In his 10-year National Hockey League career, Cloutier played with several teams, including the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, and Los Angeles Kings. He is currently an assistant coach for the Corpus Christi IceRays of the Central Hockey League; his brother, Sylvain Cloutier, is the head coach of the team.

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Playing career

Cloutier spent most of his childhood growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he played minor hockey in the Sault Minor Hockey Association (NOHA) until 1990–91 with the Sault Carlucci Bantam AAA team. As a 15-year old, Cloutier was signed by the St. Thomas Stars of the WOHL where he played the 1991–92 season.

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OHL

In May 1992, Cloutier was drafted 16th overall by his hometown OHL team, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. After three full seasons with the Greyhounds, Cloutier would be traded to the Guelph Storm, where he would help lead the team to a 1996 Memorial Cup appearance. At the end of the 1995–96 season, Cloutier was named to the OHL First All-Star Team.

During Cloutier's major junior career, he would also play in the 1995 World Junior Championships, helping Canada win a gold medal.

New York Rangers / Tampa Bay Lightning

Cloutier began his professional career after being drafted by the New York Rangers, who made him their first selection (26th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After playing 1996–97 with Binghamton of the AHL, he moved to the Hartford Wolf Pack as the starting goalie during the club's inaugual season, 1997–98.

He was quickly called up to the Wolf Pack's parent club, the New York Rangers, in 1997–98, spending two seasons with them as the back-up to Mike Richter. Perhaps his most famous performance as a Ranger was a fight against New York Islanders goalie Tommy Salo in which Cloutier continuously pummeled Salo in the back of the head then proceeded to challenge the entire Islanders bench to a fight.

The New York Rangers traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999, and he became the starting goaltender for the 1999–00 season. He would later start a strong friendship with captain Vincent Lecavalier.

During the 2000-01 NHL season, Cloutier recorded his first NHL shutout, a 3-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings.

Vancouver Canucks

Cloutier with the Canucks in 2005.

The next year with the Lightning, Cloutier was traded to Vancouver for Adrian Aucoin and a second-round draft pick. He was the starting goaltender for the Canucks starting in the 2001–02, winning over 30 games in each of the next three seasons and posting a then-franchise best record with seven shutouts in 2001–02 (surpassed by Roberto Luongo's 9 shutouts in 2008–09). His performances with the Canucks in the playoffs were criticized for being significantly less effective than his regular-season play, beginning in the 2002 Western conference quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Cloutier played well early in the series, but then allowed a goal from center ice from Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidström late in the 2nd period of Game 3, effectively handing Detroit the momentum and allowing them to win the series that Vancouver originally led two games to none. In 2003, the Canucks advanced to the second round and had a three games to one lead over the Minnesota Wild before Cloutier surrendered 15 goals over the next 3 games and the Canucks lost in seven games. In the 2004 playoffs against Calgary, Cloutier again looked impressive early in the series before injuring his knee in the third game, which ended his season.

Cloutier was unable to compete for most of the 2005–06 NHL season due to a partially torn ligament suffered in a game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on November 20, 2005. He had surgery on December 15, 2005, and was unable to play the rest of the season, leaving Alex Auld as the starting goaltender for the campaign.

Los Angeles Kings

On July 5, 2006, after Vancouver acquired all-star goalie Roberto Luongo, Cloutier was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2007 second-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2009. Cloutier began the next season with a 4-3 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. He continued to perform with less than stellar results, and, on December 23, 2006, suffered a critical, season-ending hip injury. He did not play for the remainder of the 2006–07 NHL season, ending his season with a record of 6-14-2, and an unimpressive GAA of 3.98. After suffering a string of injuries, and failing to succeed in goal, Cloutier was placed on waivers before the start of the 2007–08 NHL season.

On February 7, 2008, he cleared waivers once more and was again added to the Los Angeles Kings' NHL roster. Three days later, Cloutier made his return to the NHL by starting in goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His performance that night resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Jackets, and clinched his first National Hockey League win in over a year. He was officially bought out by the Kings on June 21, 2008 and is now an unrestricted free agent, however Cloutier filed a grievance saying he was previously injured so the buyout is void. On August 2, 2008 the NHL sided with the LA Kings noting the buyout should stand - the case could go to arbitration.

Awards

  • OHL First All-Star Team - 1996
  • Dave Pinkney Trophy (OHL's lowest team GAA) - 1996 (shared with Brett Thompson)

Records

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1996–97 Binghamton Rangers AHL 60 23 28 8 -- 3367 199 3 3.55 .892
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 5 1 -- 551 23 0 2.50 .907
1997–98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 24 13 8 3 -- 1417 62 0 2.63 .917
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 22 6 8 3 -- 1096 49 0 2.68 .914
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 9 30 3 -- 2492 145 0 3.49 .885
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 3 13 3 -- 1005 59 1 3.52 .891
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 4 6 5 -- 914 37 0 2.43 .894
2000–01 Detroit Vipers IHL 1 0 1 0 -- 59 3 0 3.05 .903
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 31 22 5 -- 3501 142 7 2.43 .901
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 33 16 7 -- 3376 136 2 2.42 .908
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 33 21 6 -- 3539 134 5 2.27 .914
2004–05 Klagenfurt Austria 13 7 0 5 -- 722 25 1 1.94 --
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 8 3 -- 1 680 36 0 3.17 .892
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 24 6 14 -- 2 1281 85 0 3.98 .860
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 14 4 9 -- -- 719 42 0 3.50 .869
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 2 4 -- 1 247 28 0 3.44 .887
NHL totals 351 139 142 33 4 18928 874 15 2.77 .899

External links

  • Dan Cloutier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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