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Josh Garbutt
Position Defence
Shoots Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
F. Teams
Free Agent
Victoria Salmon Kings
Manchester Phoenix
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1984-07-18)July 18, 1984,
Medicine Hat, AB, CAN
Pro Career 2005 – present

Josh Garbutt (born July 18, 1984 in Medicine Hat, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently without a club after being released by the Manchester Phoenix of the EIHL due to financial problems. He began his career as a forward but has switched to play in the defence.

Playing career

Garbutt began his career in 2001 at junior level in the WHL playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings. In his debut season for the Wheat Kings, Garbutt featured in 52 regular season games, scoring 19 points and totalling 33 penalty minutes. This helped the Wheat Kings into the post-season where they lost in the Eastern Conference final. Garbutt continued with the Wheat Kings, and continued to be an important player for the organisation, who again managed to get to the Eastern Conference final but again were eliminated. Garbutt featured in 17 post-season games during the 2002–03 season.

In his final season in Brandon, Garbutt played in 38 games before moving mid-season to the Kamloops Blazers. Garbutt would again play in the WHL post-season, although the Blazers were eliminated quickly in the Conference quarter final. Garbutt would start the following season with the Prince George Cougars, but moved after just 12 games to the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In 40 SJHL games, Garbutt totalled an impressive 38 points. Garbutt has twice attended NHL development camps, for the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks but has not been drafted.

Garbutt's senior career began though a call up by the Victoria Salmon Kings to the ECHL, generally regarded as the third tier of ice hockey in North America. Garbutt featured in just 7 games though before playing for the University of Regina in Saskatchewan at CIS level. Whilst in the CIS, Garbutt managed an impressive point-per-game ratio. Garbutt split the 2006–07 season between the New Mexico Scorpions and the Tulsa Oilers, both of whom play in the Central Hockey League.

He would continue with the Oilers for the 2007–08 season, but after 27 games and 15 points moved to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Garbutt featured in 29 games, scoring 11 points and totalling 18 penalty minutes. In the summer of 2008, Garbutt moved to play for the Manchester Phoenix of the EIHL for his first taste of European hockey. Garbutt firmly established himself as a cornerstone of the Phoenix defence during his season in Manchester, and also managed to total 45 points in just 66 games, an impressive total for a defenceman. Garbutt's play would help the Phoenix to both domestic cup finals as well as into the post-season. Despite on-ice success, off-ice financial problems befell the organisation and in the summer of 2009, the Phoenix announced they would operate in the EPL. As a direct consequence, much of the senior squad was released, including Garbutt.

In his time away from the hockey rink, Garbutt helps out on the family farm and works as a buffalo rancher.

Career stats

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 52 6 13 19 33 12 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 67 12 29 41 78 17 1 3 4 19
2003–04 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 38 6 15 21 22
2003–04 Kamloops Blazers WHL 27 2 6 8 33 5 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Prince George Cougars WHL 12 3 0 3 20
2004–05 Yorkton Terriers SJHL 40 10 28 38 70
2005–06 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 7 1 0 1 2
2005–06 University of Regina CIS 31 11 20 31 56
2006–07 New Mexico Scorpions CHL 31 5 12 17 18
2006–07 Tulsa Oilers CHL 10 2 2 4 8
2007–08 Tulsa Oilers CHL 27 4 11 15 36
2007–08 Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees CHL 29 3 8 11 18
2008–09 Manchester Phoenix EIHL 52 4 28 32 49 2 1 2 3 2
EIHL totals 52 4 28 32 49 2 1 2 3 2


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