RALEIGH (July 17, 2001) --The Carolina Hurricanes signed two-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Tom Barrasso to a one-year contract today. The 17-year National Hockey League veteran will team with Arturs Irbe, who played a franchise-record 77 games during 2000-01.
Barrasso entered the NHL as the Buffalo Sabres’ 1983 first-round (fifth overall) draft choice from United States high school hockey (Acton-Boxboro High School, Mass.). Barrasso made an immediate impact with Buffalo, winning 26 games his rookie season. He became the third goaltender in NHL history to take home the Calder and Vezina trophies as the league’s top rookie and top goaltender following the 1983-84 season.
On November 12, 1988, the Sabres sent Barrasso to Pittsburgh along with a 1990 third-round draft choice (left wing Joe Dziedzic) for defenseman Doug Bodger and left wing Darrin Shannon. He played 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, including seven seasons with Hurricanes captain Ron Francis.
In the 1991 playoffs, Barrasso posted a 12-7 record and played in 20 games en route to Pittsburgh’s first of two-straight Stanley Cups. Barrasso recorded all 16 wins in the Pens’ successful 1992 Cup drive.
Barrasso followed his two Stanley Cup-winning seasons by recording a league-high 43 wins in the Penguins’ 1992-93 regular season. That season, Barrasso played 63 games, a career-high mark he matched during Pittsburgh’s 1997-98 season.
The 36-year old missed the 2000-01 season in what some called an early retirement after failing to sign a free-agent contract. Barrasso last played with Ottawa after Pittsburgh dealt him at the 2000 trade deadline for goaltender Ron Tugnutt and defenseman Janne Laukkanen. Barrasso recorded a 3-4 regular season record and a 2-4 playoff record during his stint in Ottawa.
Overall, Barrasso posts a 353-259-81 record, 3.27 goals against average, a .891 save percentage and 35 shutouts in 733 career regular season games. His .568 winning percentage ranks him seventh among active net-minders.
Barrasso’s 353 wins ranks him 11th all-time among NHL goaltenders. Barrasso needs three wins to pass Rogie Vachon (355), 19 wins to pass Mike Vernon (371) and 20 wins to pass Andy Moog and John Vanbiesbrouck (372) on the all-time list. Barrasso last recorded 20 wins in 1997-98 when he went 31-14-13.
* indicates league leading figure Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. (a) Named to NHL All-Rookie Team (b) Named to NHL First All-Star Team (c) Won Calder Memorial Trophy as best rookie (d) Won Vezina Memorial Trophy as best goaltender (e) Named to NHL Second All-Star Team (f) Nov. 12, 1988 - Traded by Buffalo to Pittsburgh with Buffalo's 1990 3rd round pick (Joe Dziedzic) for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon (g) Backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship (h) March 14, 2000 - Traded by Pittsburgh to Ottawa for Ron Tugnutt and Janne Laukkanen (i) July 17, 2001 - Signed one-year contract with Carolina.