Thomas Patrick Barrasso (born March 31, 1965) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Barrasso was a goaltender for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and St. Louis Blues. He was the only goaltender to ever play in the NHL directly from high school, without having played major junior, college, or some other form of professional hockey first. He was the youngest winner of the league's Vezina Trophy for best goaltender, as an 18-year-old rookie in 1984. He was also the youngest goaltender to win Calder Memorial Trophy, a record he still holds as of the end of 2017-18 season. Barrasso was a member of successive Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was inducted as a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
March 31, 1965|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
|National team||United States|
5th overall, 1983|
After retiring from active play, Barrasso was an assistant coach and in charge of goaltending development for the Carolina Hurricanes for five years. In June 2012, Barrasso joined former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice on the coaching staff at Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2016 he joined Asiago Hockey in the Alps Hockey League as their head coach, winning the championship during the 2017-18 season. In October 2018, Barasso left Asiago to become head coach of the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL.
Barrasso grew up in the town of Stow, Massachusetts, playing ice hockey on an outdoor rink. He started playing goaltender at the age of five years and by the time he was a teenager, was playing in net for Acton-Boxborough with fellow NHL players Bob Sweeney and Jeff Norton, Barrasso was considered one of the most promising American goaltending prospects of all time. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 5th overall pick in 1983. Skipping a college career, he went straight from high school to the NHL. At the time of his debut with the Sabres on October 5, 1983, less than six months after graduating from high school, Barrasso was the youngest goaltender to play and win a game in the NHL since Harry Lumley nearly forty years prior. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy in his first season, becoming the third player to win both awards in the same year.
He won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1991 and 1992. It was his play in these Cup runs that established him as a "money goalie". In the following years, Barrasso almost entirely missed two seasons, the 1994–95 NHL season and the 1996–97 NHL season with injuries but came back with good performances in the next years. In 1997, he became the first American goaltender to record 300 NHL wins. A fiercely proud competitor, in his later seasons in Pittsburgh he developed a strained relationship with the local media, who he felt were disrespectful of him and his family, which is probably why his #35 was not retired by the team.
In March 2000, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Ron Tugnutt and Janne Laukkanen. He spent the entire 2000–01 season out of hockey and returned with the Carolina Hurricanes in time for the 2001–02 season. He enjoyed some late international success, winning Silver at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
In his last few seasons he briefly played for several teams, the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the St. Louis Blues until retiring from ice hockey in 2003. He signed a pro forma contract with Pittsburgh on the day he declared retirement so he could leave hockey as a Penguin.
|Representing United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Ice hockey|
Barrasso had originally intended to play for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team in Sarajevo, but chose to begin his professional career instead and left the team in September 1983 to sign with the Sabres. He made his debut for Team USA at the 1984 Canada Cup, at the age of 19. He also played in the 1983 World Junior Championships, the 1986 World Ice Hockey Championships and the 1987 Canada Cup.
Barrasso was goaltending coach (2007–09) and later assistant coach (2009–11) of the Carolina Hurricanes. In the 2012–13 season he moved to KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk as assistant coach. During the Summer of 2015 Slovan Bratislava hired Barrasso as goaltending coach, but on October 31 he left the team and moved to Italy's Valpellice as head coach. The team won the Coppa Italia, but refused to join the newly founded Alps Hockey League. Barrasso, however, did not leave Italy: he moved to Asiago as head coach. Barasso was named as Head Coach of the Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL in October 2018.
Barrasso and his wife, Megan have three daughters. Barrasso founded the Ashley Barrasso Cancer Research Fund during the early 1990s after his oldest daughter survived a bout with neuroblastoma cancer.
- Most NHL assists by a goaltender (career) - 48
- Most NHL points by a goaltender (career) - 48
- Most consecutive NHL playoff wins - 14 (May 9, 1992 to April 22, 1993)
- Shares record for most consecutive wins in one NHL playoff season - 11 in 1992
- Shares record for most wins in one NHL playoff season - 16 (1992)
- 2nd most wins by a US born Goaltender (369)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2001–02||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||4||2||2||0||219||10||0||2.50||.909||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||6||1||4||0||293||16||1||3.28||.879||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 1984 - Calder Memorial Trophy (Top rookie in NHL)
- 1984 - Vezina Trophy (Top goaltender in NHL)
- 1984 - NHL First All-Star Team
- 1985 - NHL Second All-Star Team
- 1985 - William M. Jennings Trophy (Team with fewest goals allowed - shared with Bob Sauve)
- 1985 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 1991 - Stanley Cup champion (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- 1992 - Stanley Cup champion (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- 1993 - NHL Second All-Star Team
- #17 all time in Wins in regular season with (369).
- #9 all time in Saves with (22090) in regular season career.
- #13 all time in Playoff Wins with (61).
- 2002 - Olympic ice hockey silver medalist (Team USA)
- 2007 - Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
- 2009 - Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
- 2015 - Coppa Italia champion (Hockey Club Valpellice)
- 2018 - Alps Hockey League champion (Asiago Hockey AS)
- "Tom Barrasso Team Staff History". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Valpellice: Thomas Patrick Barrasso è il nuovo head coach" (in Italian). 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "Asiago e Barrasso, matrimonio stellare" (in Italian). 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
- "Sheffield Steelers confirm Tom Barrasso as new head coach". 2018-10-09. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
- Puck Prospectus - In the Crease Archived 2010-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Tom Barrasso's profile at Hockeydraftcentral.com
|Awards and achievements|
| Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
| Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
| Winner of the Vezina Trophy