| 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
190 lb (86 kg)
| AHL Team|
| Hamilton Bulldogs|
St. Louis Blues
|Born|| October 5 1979,|
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
|Pro Career||2000 – present|
Sanford played junior hockey for the Wiarton Wolves of the Western Junior C Hockey League, the Collingwood Blues of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL), the Owen Sound Greys of the Midwestern Junior B Hockey League, and the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before turning pro.
Undrafted out of junior, he was picked up as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues after his final year with the Platers in 2000 and spent his first five seasons in the club's farm system between the Peoria Rivermen of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sanford earned a call-up with the Blues during the 2002–03 season after injuries to goaltenders Fred Brathwaite and Brent Johnson in October. He played in his first game when fellow rookie call-up Reinhard Divis also went down with an injury after the first period on October 17, 2002 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made 12 saves in relief in a 7-1 victory for the Blues. Sanford briefly earned the starting position in the absence of the Blues' usual goaltenders before going down with an injury himself, a high-ankle sprain, on October 24 against the Edmonton Oilers. He returned to start in several more games and posted a 5–1 record and a 1.96 GAA in his first stint with the Blues before being returned to Worcester.
In 2005–06, Sanford appeared poised to play backup to the recently acquired Patrick Lalime. However, as Lalime struggled, Sanford seized the starting position and was having a career year until going down with a sprained ACL in his left knee in March. Before missing the remainder of the season, Sanford had a 13-13-5 record with a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage. The Blues finished in last place that year. Recorvered from his knee injury, Sanford returned the next season and competed with Manny Legace for the starting position. In November, he was sidelined for several games with a groin strain, then re-injured his groin in December, missing an extended period of time. Sanford returned to complete the season but saw his numbers decrease to an 8-12-5 record with a 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage.
Sanford became an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and on July 3, 2007, the Vancouver Canucks signed Sanford to a one-year, $600,000 contract to back up starting goaltender Roberto Luongo. He appeared in 16 games in the 2007–08 season, filling in for Luongo mostly in light of his rib injury in December. Posting a 2.83 GAA, he was re-signed to another one-year deal worth $650,000 by the Canucks on July 3, 2008.
Before the start of the 2008–09 season, Sanford and the Canucks held a contest challenging fans to submit artword for a new mask design. This was to go along with his new nickname of, "The Big C.S." Sanford's nickname, "the Sandman", inspired his previous mask designs. As Luongo went down with a groin injury in late-November, Sanford assumed the starting position. However, Sanford himself became prone to injury and suffered back spasms in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 1, 2008, before being place on injured reserve with a groin injury on December 30. With the subsequent acquisition of Jason LaBarbera and the imminent return of Luongo, he was placed on waivers by the Canucks on January 14, 2009. Clearing waivers, Sanford was assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, where he completed the season.
In the off-season, Sanford signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 20, 2009.
|1996–97||Owen Sound Greys||MWJHL||6||–||360||28||0||4.68|
|1996–97||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||19||4||8||1||–||847||77||0||5.45|
|1997–98||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||30||13||10||2||–||1542||114||1||4.44|
|1998–99||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||56||30||16||5||–||2998||191||2||3.82|
|1999–00||Owen Sound Platers||OHL||53||18||26||6||–||3124||198||1||3.80|
|1999–00||Missouri River Otters||UHL||6||3||1||0||–||237||6||0||1.52|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||8||5||1||0||–||397||13||1||1.96||.912|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||34||13||13||—||5||1830||81||3||2.66||.908|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||31||8||12||—||5||1491||79||0||3.18||.888|
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