Today, Martin Biron of the New York Rangers announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after sixteen seasons of action. Biron played 508 games in the league as a member of four Eastern Conference clubs (Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders & New York Rangers).
His career numbers are impressive. Biron calls it quits with a 2.61 GAA and 0.910 SV% compiled over more than a decade’s work.
The province of Quebec is well known for its ability to produce exceptional NHL goaltenders and Biron is one of them. In 1995, the Sabres chose Marty 16th overall, making him only the 8th netminder to ever be selected in the 1st round of the NHL entry draft. In that distinction, he is member to an elite group of goal keepers including Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Jocelyn Thibault and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Biron reached the 30 win plateau twice in his time as an NHLer. In 2001-02 he won 31 decisions as a member of the Sabres. Again, he hit 30 with the 2007-08 Flyers. His 28 career shutouts place him just outside of the top 50 all time. All time shutout leaders list courtesy of Stats Hockey dot net.
Biron is best known for his role as a reliable backup goaltender on some very strong teams, including the Presidents’ Trophy winning 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres. Biron contributed with 12 wins through 18 starts, raising his stock so high he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers mid season, in a trade that saw him promoted to starting goaltender for the Flyers.
In 2011-12 with the New York Rangers, Biron once again helped backstop an incredible regular season, accumulating 12 wins in 20 tries en route to a 1st place final placement in the Eastern Conference standings.
Durability, consistency, and reliability are all words that describe Biron’s sixteen year tenure in the game. Few goalies play ten seasons in hockey’s greatest association, making Marty’s accomplishment impressive and worthy of respect from the hockey world. He leaves the league at the age of 36.
All stats courtesy of Fox Sports.