Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Barrasso
Tom Barrasso entered the NHL for the 1983-84 season as an 18 year old, going straight from high school to the Buffalo Sabres. Observers around the league thought the native of Stowe, Massachusetts, would be a good professional goaltender. After all, he'd played well for the U.S. Olympic team and received some excellent coaching under Team USA's Eddie Johnson. But few people expected the impact the young goalie would have right out of the starting blocks as a teenager.

In his rookie season, Barrasso won the Vezina Trophy as the leagues best netminder and the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. In Buffalo, he was the high-profile half of an amazing goaltending team with Bob Sauve, and the two shared the award for the NHL's best goals-against average in Barrasso's second year. By 1984, some experts called Barrasso the best goalie in the world. At the Canada Cup that year, Team USA general manager and former NHLer Lou Nanne was one of them.

Barrasso strapped on his first pair of goalie pads as a four-year-old. By the time he was in high school, he'd been recruited by just about every college in the U.S. He picked Providence College in Rhode Island as the place he wanted to play his collegiate hockey but went straight to the NHL instead after playing in the 1984 Canada Cup with Team USA.

Just after the start of the 1988-89 season, Barrasso was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh's powerful offense needed some defensive help and having Barrasso in the crease was a major piece of the championship puzzle for the Penguins. In 1991 and 1992 Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup, due in large part to Barrasso's outstanding play in the net.

During the 1996 playoffs there were flashes of the old brilliance and in particular in the Penguins' series against the Florida Panthers. Barrasso later became the first American born goalie to win 300 career NHL games.

After spending most of his career with Pittsburgh, Barrasso was traded to Ottawa during 1999-00 season. After a year of semi-retirement, he returned to the NHL for the 2001-02 season where he split the season between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2002-03, Barrasso signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues and played a handful of games after the team's two goalies suffered injuries early in the season and was subsequently released by the team. Later that summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Barrasso and on that same day he announced his retirement from the game.

A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Barrasso went on to represent his homeland on several fronts including the 1983 World Juniors, the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup, the 1986 World Championships and the 2002 Winter Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1981-82 Acton-Boxborough High High-MA 23 7 1.86
1982-83 Acton-Boxborough High High-MA 23 22 0 1 10 0.99
1982-83 United States WJC-A 3 5.14
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 26 12 3 2 2.84 3 0 2 0 3.45
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 5 2 2 1 0 3.10
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 25 18 10 5 2.66 5 2 3 0 4.40
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 1 1 1 1.35
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 29 24 5 2 3.61
1985-86 United States WEC-A 5 4.15
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 17 23 2 2 3.65
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 54 25 18 8 2 3.31 4 1 3 0 4.29
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 2 7 0 0 4.95
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 18 15 7 0 4.04 11 7 4 0 3.80
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 7 12 3 0 4.68
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 27 16 3 1 3.59 20 12 7 1 2.60
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 25 22 9 1 3.53 21 16 5 1 2.82
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 43 14 5 4 3.01 12 7 5 2 2.91
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 22 15 5 2 3.36 6 2 4 0 2.87
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 1 1 0 3.84 2 0 1 0 6.00
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 29 16 2 2 3.43 10 4 5 1 2.80
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 5 0 0 5.78
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 31 14 13 7 2.07 6 2 4 0 2.71
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 19 16 3 4 2.55 13 6 7 1 2.67
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 5 7 2 1 3.17
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 7 3 4 0 0 3.16 6 2 4 0 2.58
2000-01
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 34 13 12 5 2 2.61
2001-02 United States Olympics 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 2 2 0 0 2.74
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 1 4 0 1 3.28
NHL Totals 777 369 277 86 38 3.23 119 61 54 6 3.01


NHL All-Rookie Team (1984)
NHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1984)
Vezina Trophy (1984)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1985, 1993)
William M. Jennings Trophy (1985) (shared with Bob Sauve) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo with Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Joe Dziedzic) in 1990 Entry Draft for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon, November 12, 1988.
Missed majority of 1994-95 due to wrist surgery, January 20, 1995.
Missed majority of 1996-97 due to shoulder injury vs. Montreal, February 5, 1996. Traded to Ottawa by Pittsburgh for Ron Tugnutt and Janne Laukkanen, March 14, 2000.
Missed entire 2000-01 season for personal reasons. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 17, 2001. Traded to Toronto by Carolina for Toronto's 4th round choice (Kevin Nastiuk) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, November 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 18, 2003.
Officially announced his retirement, June 18, 2003.