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Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
Goaltender
(Luh-BAHR-buh-ruh)
Number: 35
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 232
Catches: Left
Born: Jan 18, 1980  (Age 34)
Birthplace: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.
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Acquired: Signed by the Kings as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2005.
Drafted: NYR / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (66th overall)
2007-08: Finished season with a career-high 17 wins and .910 save percentage…His .910 save percentage is tied for the third highest in Kings single-season history (Kelly Hrudey had .910 save percentage in 1994- 95)…Was 2-1 in shootouts, stopping five of 10 shots (50 percent)…Underwent sports hernia surgery March 5, 2008 (for groin injury) and missed the final 20 games of the season….Had a 2.89 goals-against average (36 GA in 747:07) and .919 save percentage (stopped 407 of 443 shots) Jan. 10, 2008 to Feb. 9, 2008 (13-game span)...Started a career-high 15 straight games Jan. 5, 2008 to Feb. 9, 2008...Stopped career high 48 shots (24 in third period) in 5-2 victory Jan. 10, 2008 vs. Toronto... Stopped 180 of 190 shots (.947 save percentage) from the third period Oct. 10, 2007 at Dallas through Nov. 3, 2007 vs. San Jose...Named NHL’s No. 1 Star of the Week Oct. 29, 2007...Had four-game winning streak that lasted from Oct. 19, 2007 to Oct. 27, 2007, allowing four goals on 110 shots (.964 save percentage)... Earned second career shutout Oct. 23, 2007 vs. Nashville, stopping all 17 shots (won 6-0).

2006-07: Named winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award (given to the most outstanding goaltender in the American Hockey League) and named a First Team AHL All-Star…Led all AHL goaltenders with 62 appearances, 39 wins, a .933 save-percentage, 3,619 minutes played, 1,995 shots faced and 1,862 saves…Tied for second in the league with seven shutouts while leading Manchester to an Atlantic Division championship…Was voted to be a starter for the Canadian team at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All- Star Classic…Was the Rbk X-Pulse AHL Goaltender of the Month for January 2007.

2005-06: The second goaltender to begin his Kings career with five straight wins (tied a club record that’s also shared by Daniel Berthiaume, 1990-91)…Won his first seven starts while allowing just 12 goals in the seven games…Was considered for the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October after posting a 6-1-0 record, a .938 save-percentage and a 1.70 goals-against average… Was the winning goalie in the Kings’ first-ever shootout game, a 3-2 win vs. Nashville on Nov. 5, 2005…Also stopped his first-ever penalty shot in the same game (against David Legwand)…Went on to stop all three penalty shots he faced during the season, also denying Paul Kariya at Nashville on Nov. 24, 2005, and Ladislav Nagy at Phoenix on Dec. 29, 2005…Assigned to Manchester for conditioning on Jan. 11, 2006…Appeared in three games for Manchester before being recalled on Jan. 16, 2006…Played in 13 of the Kings final 35 games and had six starts…Faced a then career-high 40 shots April 15, 2006 vs. Calgary (2-1 shootout win)…Recorded his first career shutout in the NHL and as King April 17, 2006 at San Jose, stopping all 31 shots (won 4- 0)…Finished with a 2-0 record in shootouts while stopping all five shootout attempts he faced…Went 8- 4-0 at home and 3-5-2 on the road…Started 21 games (11-7-2) and came on in relief eight times (0-2-0).

2004-05: Shared the American Hockey League’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Award (given to the team with the lowest goals-against-average) with Hartford Wolf Pack teammate and former Kings draft pick Stephen Valiquette…The duo allowed just 160 goals in 80 games…Ranked second among all AHL goaltenders with a 1.84 goals-against average…Posted the thirdbest regular season save-percentage (.934) among AHL backstops…Started for the Canadian AHL All- Stars at the 2005 AHL All-Star Classic and stopped all 11 shots he faced in one period of work…Won 14 straight AHL decisions from Nov. 27, 2004, through Jan. 12, 2005…Named AHL Goaltender of the Month for October (4-0-0, 1.00 goals-against average, .962 save-percentage).

2003-04: Earned first career NHL win with 19 saves March 5, 2004 vs. Washington (3-2 win)…Named the AHL’s Most Valuable Player (Les Cunningham Award)…Also named the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award (AHL’s Top Goaltender) and a First- Team AHL All-Star…Finished the regular season as the AHL’s leader with 34 wins…Set a new league record with 13 shutouts in one season…Also ranked second in the league with a 1.59 goals-against average, fourth with a .936 save-percentage and fifth with 3,393 minutes played…Set new Hartford single-season records with his 34 wins, 1.59 goals-against average, 13 shutouts, nine ties and 3,393 minutes played… Registered eight straight postseason wins from April 21, 2004, to May 5, 2004, while leading Hartford to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. 2000-01: Made his NHL debut with the Rangers Oct. 14, 2000 at Pittsburgh, stopping two shots in 9:43 of relief work (no decision – relieved Kirk McLean).

LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Spokane, WHL…WHL All-Star in 1999-00 and helped Spokane capture the WHL’s West Division championship with a 6-1 postseason record… Helped Portland (WHL) win the Memorial Cup with a record of 18-4-0 in 23 regular season appearances.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by New York Rangers in the third round (66th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL: LIives in Calgary during the summer… Nicknames are Barbs, Brutus and Gonzo… Girlfriend’s name is Kodette…Has a dog named Aspen…Favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan… Favorite actress is Scarlett Johansson…Favorite actor is Edward Norton…Favorite band is Metallica… Favorite NHL city other than Los Angeles is Vancouver…Favorite sport to play other than hockey is basketball…Favorite hockey moment is winning the Memorial Cup in 1998…Favorite professional athlete is Roy Halladay…Favorite hockey player is Kirk McLean…Favorite road arena is HP Pavilion in San Jose…Favorite vacation spot is Cabo San Lucas… Favorite TV show is Iron Chef America…Favorite food is sushi…Favorite holiday is Christmas…Childhood idol are his parents…Typical pre-game meal is pasta with chicken…Is superstitious about listening to Outlaw Torn by Metallica before every game…Helps the environment by recycling…If not for hockey he’d be a sports broadcaster or chef… An interesting fact that not many people know about him is his first name is Antonio.