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Aug. 10: Capitals Sign Free Agent Defenseman Mathieu Biron

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Capitals Sign Free Agent Defenseman Mathieu Biron

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 10, 2005 - The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Mathieu Biron (BEE-rawn), who most recently played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

Biron, 25, was selected 21st overall (first round) by Los Angeles in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Islanders on June 20, 1999, and subsequently moved to Tampa Bay and then Florida. The 6' 6", 220-pound native of Lac-St-Charles, Que., recorded three goals, 10 assists (13 points) and 51 penalty minutes in 57 games with Florida in 2003-04.

In five NHL seasons Biron has totaled eight goals, 23 assists (31 points) and 127 penalty minutes in 201 games. Two of his goals have come on the power play and one was shorthanded. He debuted in the NHL with the Islanders in 1999-2000, playing a full NHL season as a 19-year-old.

Capitals season-ticket and partial plans for the 2005-06 season are now available. Season-ticket prices were reduced by an average of 11% last summer and will start at as low as $14 per game. Recently the Capitals announced an additional 5% rebate on all season and partial plans renewed or purchased before to Sept. 1. Call 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com for information.  Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option - monthly payments with no fees or charges.

Mathieu Biron 
Position: Defenseman
Birthday: April 29, 1980 (Lac-St-Charles, Que.)
Height: 6-6         Weight: 220         Shoots: Right
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, Aug. 10, 2005.

Career Statistics:

                                                                                 Regular Season                                             Playoffs

Year        Team                        League          GP      G       A     Pts      PIM          GP      G       A     Pts   PIM

1997-98    Shawinigan                QMJHL           59       8      28      36         60             6       0       1       1      10     

1998-99    Shawinigan                QMJHL           69      13      32      45       116             6       0       2       2       6

1999-00    NY Islanders             NHL               60       4       4       8         38              -        -        -        -        -

2000-01    Lowell                      AHL               22       1       3       4         17              -        -        -        -        -

               Springfield                 AHL               34       0       6       6         18              -        -        -        -        -

               NY Islanders             NHL               14       0       1       1         12              -        -        -        -        -

2001-02    Springfield                AHL               35       4       9      13         16              -        -        -        -        -                 

               Tampa Bay               NHL               36       0       0       0         12              -        -        -        -        -

2002-03    San Antonio             AHL               43       3       8      11         58              -        -        -        -        -

               Florida                   NHL               34       1       8       9         14              -        -        -        -        -     

2003-04    Florida                     NHL               57       3      10      13         51              -        -        -        -        -

2004-05    Thetford Mines           QNAHL           19       7      15      22          8            17       2       7       9      11

               TOTALS                  NHL             201       8      23      31       127              -        -        -        -        -

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