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ATLANTA THRASHERS VS CAROLINA HURRICANES
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender John Grahame (47) is blocks a shot from Atlanta Thrashers Keith Tkachuk (8), in the first period at Philips Arena in Atlanta, March 4, 2007. The Thrashers defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)
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John Gillies Mark Grahame (born August 31, 1975, in Denver, Colorado) is a professional ice hockey goaltender, formerly with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

In 1999, Grahame started the season back in Providence, but was called up to the Boston Bruins mid-season to backup Byron Dafoe in the Bruins' net, where he played credibly and was second in balloting to the league's all-rookie team. However, a broken ankle in the 2000 offseason took a long time to heal, and Grahame was not the same goaltender thereafter. He played for the next three seasons in Boston before being traded midseason in 2003 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The following season, Grahame returned to form, having the best season of his career as a backup for the Stanley Cup-winning club. He became Tampa Bay's starting goalie in the 2005–06 NHL season, but was criticized publicly by head coach John Tortorella after consecutive poor starts which contributed to the Lightning being eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs.

Grahame signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in July 2006. He was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on January 4, 2008. The Hurricanes called up Michael Leighton from the team's AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, to replace him as the team's backup goaltender after Grahame began the season with a 4–6–1 record. The Hurricanes recalled Grahame on January 21.

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