Jim Carey (hockey player)
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Jim Carey (born May 31, 1974 in Dorchester, Massachusetts) is an American retired National Hockey League goaltender. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, second round, 32nd overall. He played for the NCAA's University of Wisconsin, AHL's Portland Pirates and Providence Bruins, the NHL's Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, and the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.
Carey had a very short NHL career, but he skyrocketed to stardom with his brilliant play. He won the 1996 Vezina Trophy, which had previously been considered a lock for the dominant Dominik Hasek. As quickly as Carey gained his star status, though, it seemed to disappear, as he was traded in a blockbuster deal to the Boston Bruins in the 1996-97 season though he was never able to match his brilliant play as a Capital. His confidence on the decline, he played two seasons with the Bruins, then signed on with the St. Louis Blues, only to play in four games without any significant accomplishments. He played two games in the IHL and then finished his hockey career.
Before playing in the NHL, Carey won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the American Hockey League, while playing for the Portland Pirates.
Because of Carey's name's similarity to that of actor Jim Carrey, his nicknames was the Net Detective, Ace and The Mask.
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Created: January 15, 2007 Modified: January 15, 2007