Goaltender Ron Grahame played 40 games for the Boston Bruins during the 1977-78 season and fifteen years later that same club drafted his son John, also a goalie. The younger Grahame then spent three years at Lake Superior State University before turning pro with the AHL's Providence Bruins in 1997.
Grahame showed great resiliency early in his career. After losing a league-high 31 games with the Providence Bruins during his rookie season, he bounced back the next year by posting a 37-9-1 record, which included an AHL record 19 consecutive victories, and backstopped the team to a Calder Cup Championship.
Though he spent 27 games with Providence in 1999-00, a contract dispute between Bruins management and their starting netminder Byron Dafoe meant Grahame started the season in Boston. Though Dafoe eventually signed and Grahame was returned to Providence, and injury saw him return to Beantown to finish out the campaign.
In all he played 24 games with the big club and posted a very respectable 2.46 GAA. Boston parted ways with Dafoe's back up Robbie Tallas in the summer to pave the way for Grahame's full time NHL employment. However, Grahame and the Bruins couldn't have foreseen a wild card that changed those plans.
Grahame broke his ankle just prior to the start of the 2000-01 season while stepping off a curb, which sidelined him until February. When he did return, he wasn't the same goaltender and struggled to play up to the level he established the year before.
His play took an upswing in 2001-02 when the Bruins surprised many by capturing the Eastern Conference title, though they did so primarily on the back of Byron Dafoe. Grahame was limited to just 19 appearances and seven victories.
After the Bruins traded holdout goaltender Dafoe to the Atlanta Thrashers, Grahame job seemed to be secured with the team, however, he would subsequently be traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2002-03 season. In 2003-04, Grahame established a career high in wins with 18 and was a part of a talented Tampa Bay squad that went on to capture its first Stanley Cup title later that spring.
In the summer of 2006, Grahame signed on as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes.