BIRTHPLACE: Boston, Mass.
BORN: March 31, 1965
TEAMS/ASSOCIATIONS: Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, U.S. Olympic Team, IIHF Men's World Championship
Tom Barrasso, who won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992), is one of the finest American-born goaltenders to play the game.
Among U.S.-born netminders, Barrasso ranks first in National Hockey League playoff victories (61) and second in regular-season victories (369). In addition, he holds the NHL record among goaltenders for career points (48) and assists (48).
During his 19-year NHL career, Barrasso played in 777 career games with six teams (Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues). The fifth overall pick of the Sabres in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Barrasso became the only goaltender to play in the NHL directly from high school.
Following his rookie season in 1983-84, Barrasso captured the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie after posting a 26-12-3 record and was also named the recipient of the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. In addition, he earned a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team and the NHL All-Star Team. He led the NHL in wins (43) during the 1992-93 season and ranked among the top 10 in the league in victories on nine separate occasions.
The Boston native was a member Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and helped the squad capture the silver medal. Barrasso also played for Team USA at the 1983 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, and the 1986 IIHF Men's World Championship.