Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Godard
Eric Godard was born March 7, 1980 in Vernon, British Columbia. A free-agent signing by the Florida Panthers in the summer of 1999, Godard is a graduate of the WHL.

The Vernon, British Columbia native played three seasons in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, where he was known more for his aggressive style of play than his offensive prowess. In three seasons with Lethbridge, Godard racked up over 500 PIMS, before joining the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate in Louisville following Lethbridge's 99-2000 season.

After a four game stint in 99-2000 with Louisville, Godard returned the following year and played 45 games while amassing 132 PIMS before being dealt to the New York Islanders in the summer of 2002.

Godard joined New York's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport Sound in 2001-02, before making his NHL debut the following year. Over the course of the next two seasons, Godard split his time between the Islanders and Bridgeport Sound.

In the summer of 2006, Godard was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames. He split his first season as a member of the Flames between Calgary and their AHL affiliate in Omaha. The follow year he appeared in 74 games as a Flame and was a regular in the club's line-up. Despite his increase in ice-time in Calgary, Godard signed in the off-season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 7 0 0 0 26 0 2 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 66 2 5 7 211 -14 4 0 0 0 14
1999-00 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 60 3 5 8 310 -15
1999-00 Louisville Panthers AHL 4 0 1 1 16 +2
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 45 0 0 0 132 -8
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 1 4 5 198 +1 20 0 4 4 30
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 19 0 0 0 48 -3 2 0 1 1 4
2002-03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 46 2 2 4 199 -10 6 0 0 0 16
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 31 0 1 1 97 -2
2003-04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 0 0 0 13 -2
2004-05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 75 7 11 18 295 -10
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 57 2 2 4 115 -2
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 19 0 1 1 50 0
2006-07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 36 5 4 9 94 -2
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 74 1 1 2 171 -8 5 0 0 0 2
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 2 2 4 171 -3
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 1 2 3 76 +2
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 0 3 3 105 +4
2011-12 Texas Stars AHL 46 1 0 1 58 -9
NHL Totals 335 6 12 18 833 7 0 1 1 6


Signed as a free agent by Florida, September 24, 1999. Traded to NY Islanders by Florida for Florida's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Florida selected Gregory Campbell) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 22, 2002.
Missed majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 14, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 1, 2008. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to facial injury at Ottawa, December 26, 2010, as a healthy reserve and serving a ten game suspension for leaving the bench in game at NY Islanders, February 11, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Dallas. July 12, 2011. Officially annouced his retirement, November 2, 2012.