New York Islanders Top Fred Brathwaite NHL Highlights

ST CATHARINES, ON - DECEMBER 15: Zachary Fucale /
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ST CATHARINES, ON – DECEMBER 15: Zachary Fucale /

The New York Islanders continued revamping their coaching staff by adding former NHL goaltender Fred Brathwaite, and former Doug Weight teammate, as the team’s goaltending coach.

The New York Islanders had the same head goaltending coach for the last eleven years in Mike Dunham, and he’s been replaced by former NHL goaltender Fred Brathwaite.

Brathwaite played for four NHL teams in his career. The Calgary Flames, the St. Louis Blues, the Columbus Blue Jackets and, most important of all, the Edmonton Oilers between 1993 and 1996.

Where he met none other than current New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight and newly appointed Islanders assistant coach Luke Richardson and Kelly Buchberger. Add Jason Arnott and Shayne Corson and we’ll have the full set of the 1993-94 Edmonton Oilers.

In his nine-year NHL career, Brathwaite amassed an 81-99-37 record with an average .901 SV% and 2.73 GAA. His best season came in his third and final year with the Calgary Flames when he put up a .910 SV% with a 2.32 GAA in 49 games played. He never stood out as one of the league’s top shot stoppers but he was a reliable backup option.

After leaving the league he went on to play in the Russian Super League and eventually become a goaltending coach for Hockey Canada. So he comes with a resume and some form of pedigree and not just as a former teammate to the current coaching regime.

To welcome our new goaltending coach here are his top three highlights from his NHL career. One you undoubtedly never forgot, while the other two might just have slipped under the radar.