|Sam St. Laurent|
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
190 lb (86 kg)
New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
Adirondack Red Wings
Canadian National Team
|Born||February 16, 1959,|
Arvida, Que., Can.
|Pro Career||1985 – 1992|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
Sam St. Laurent (born February 16, 1959 in Arvida, Quebec, Canada) is a retired ice hockey goaltender that has played in the National Hockey League as well as on the Canadian national men's hockey team. St. Laurent serves the distinction of being the last NHL goaltender to wear a goalies mask made entirely out of fiberglass.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
On 10 October 1979, St. Laurent signed with the Philadelphia Flyers organization. From the 1979–80 seasons until the 1983–84 seasons, he would spend his time assigned to the minors. St. Laurent would play for both the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL and the Maine Mariners of the AHL, where he was part of the Calder Cup-winning team during the 1983–84 season.
The Flyers traded St. Laurent to the New Jersey Devils on 27 September 1984 for future considerations. For the 1984–85 season, he remained with the Mariners of the AHL.
The 1985–86 season would be one of accomplishments for St. Laurent. His first taste of NHL action was on 4 January 1986, where he replaced (and was subsequently replaced by) Glenn "Chico" Resch in a stunning 9–3 loss to the Washington Capitals. After a brief re-assignment to the minors, St. Laurent was called back up and started his first NHL game 27 March 1986, making 24 saves to earn a 1–0 shutout victory. He would go on to post a 2–1 record with the Devils that season. On a minor league level, he would go on to win the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award for the AHL's best goaltender and would share the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award with Karl Friesen for having the lowest team GAA in the AHL.
The Detroit Red Wings would go on to acquire St. Laurent from New Jersey for Steve Richmond on 18 August 1986. St. Laurent enjoyed a particular level of success with their minor league affiliate Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL, winning the Calder Cup with them during the 1988–89 season, as well as receiving the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy for the MVP during the Calder Cup playoffs that same year. From the 1986–87 season to the 1989–90 season, St. Laurent would post a cumulative 5–11–4 record with 3.42 GAA and a .887 save percentage in 30 regular season appearances with the Detroit Red Wings. He would appear in a playoff game on 14 April 1988, where he was pulled in favor of Greg Stefan after allowing one goal in what eventually became a 5–3 Red Wings victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With the emergence of Tim Cheveldae from the Red Wings' depth chart, St. Laurent was traded to the New York Rangers for cash on 26 June, 1990. For the 1990–91 season, St. Laurent would spend his time with the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL. During the 1991–92 season, his last as a professional, he appeared in one game for the Binghamton Rangers, and one game for the Canadian National Team, during which time he switched from his mask made entirely of fiberglass to a modern-era goaltender's mask.
He was the third-string goaltender on the Canadian team that won the silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and then retired afterward.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
St. Laurent went on to become a goaltender coach/consultant for the Rangers organization from 1993–2004, helping the organization develop such goalies as Mike Richter, Henrik Lundqvist, and Dan Cloutier. Jason Labarbera, who began his career as a member of the Rangers organization, credits St. Laurent for his development in the Rangers organization despite the presence of highly-regarded goaltender coach Benoit Allaire. He was also a consultant for the Sinupret Ice Tigers of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the 2005–06 season.
St. Laurent now offers his services privately via his website.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season[edit | edit source]
|1985–86||New Jersey Devils||NHL||4||2||1||0||188||13||1||4.15||.883|
|1986–87||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||6||1||2||2||342||16||0||2.81||.881|
|1986–87||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||25||7||13||0||1397||98||1||4.21||.885|
|1987–88||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||6||2||2||0||294||16||0||3.27||.892|
|1987–88||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||32||12||14||4||1826||104||2||3.42||.884|
|1988–89||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||4||0||1||1||141||9||0||3.83||.901|
|1988–89||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||34||20||11||3||2054||113||0||3.30||.895|
|1989–90||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||14||2||6||1||607||38||0||3.76||.883|
|1989–90||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||13||10||2||1||785||40||0||3.06||.901|
Post season[edit | edit source]
|1986–87||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||3||0||2||105||10||0||5.71|
|1987–88||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||0||10||1||0||6.00|
|1987–88||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||1||0||1||59||6||0||6.10|
|1988–89||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||16||11||5||956||47||2||2.95|