John Gillies Mark Grahame ( born August 31, 1975 in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who stands since 2009 when the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League under contract on their farm team, the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League.
John Grahame was selected at the NHL Entry Draft in 1994 by the Boston Bruins in the ninth round at position 229. Then Grahame played three years for the Lake Superior State University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, before joining the Boston Bruins farm team, the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League in 1997. There he played for two years as first-choice goalkeeper and took the 1999 Calder Cup. Also in the next two years he played for Providence, but now he also came in the NHL for Boston to use, but could not prevail.
In January 2003, Grahame was transferred to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he was a back-up goalie behind Nikolai Chabibulin. In the 2003 /04 season he won the Lightning to the Stanley Cup. He came into the play -offs just on a playing time of 34 minutes.
After the 2004/05 season turned out because of the lockout, he was in the 2005/06 season the number one in Tampa, as Nikolai Chabibulin had left the team. Grahame reached with the team the play -offs, but had to concede defeat in the very first round against the Ottawa Senators.
After the season, the contract ran out with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Grahame signed a two -year contract with the newly minted Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. There he formed with Cam Ward for one and a half years, the team goalkeeper, but was then sent to poor performance on the Albany River Rats in the AHL.
In May 2008, Graham moved to Russia for Avangard Omsk HK. However, his contract was terminated in December 2008, there were accused Grahame to be alcohol - dependent. In January, he introduced an appeal against his dismissal, but failed. Since then, Grahame was vertragslos. In December 2009, then the Philadelphia Flyers took him under contract before he - after just twelve games - moved to Colorado Avalanche in March 2010. For both teams, he came in each farm team for use.
Awards and achievements
John Grahame's father, Ron Grahame, was also a professional hockey goalkeeper. From 1974 to 1981 he played in the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association, where he was twice awarded as the best goalkeeper and once as most valuable player of the playoffs.