On October 12, 2002, Ron Tugnutt became the first goalie in the National Hockey League to win a game for seven different teams.
Tugnutt helped the Dallas Stars snag a 5-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at US Airways Center in Phoenix. He stopped 22 of the 24 shots taken by the Coyotes. Sean Burke stopped 30 of the 35 shots the Stars took on him.
Tugnutt started his career by being chosen in the fourth round of the 1986 draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers during the 1991-92 season. He went on to play for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars. It took him 16 seasons to get through all of those teams.
“I’m hoping for a bench clearing brawl during the warm up so I can go out and grab his stick.” Ron Tugnutt on Gretzky’s last game in Canada
against the Ottawa Senators
“Well, it’s been somewhat of a seesaw battle throughout my whole career. I think that you go through a lot of adversity, but I’m a believer, and that just makes you stronger. Although you go through tough times, it makes the good times that much better…” Ron Tugnutt
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