Dunham hangs them up
After a successful ten-year career as an NHL goaltender, Mike Dunham has formally retired as a player and has accepted the position of Goaltending Coach of the New York Islanders. The 35-year old Dunham will be at Islanders training camp when it begins Friday in Moncton, New Brunswick.The high point of Dunham's career came as the inaugural starter for the Nashville Predators franchise, one of the few expansion-draft pickups that turned into a mainstay for the fledgling team. Nashville went goalie-crazy when putting together their team, taking five netminders with their 26 picks, and along with Dunham came the likes of Frederic Chabot, Mike Richter, Mikhail Shtalenkov and Tomas Vokoun.
“Mike had an outstanding NHL career and was very well-regarded for his work ethic and his leadership,” said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. “I’m very happy to have all of his experience on our coaching staff. Last season he was extremely helpful as a teammate to the development of Rick DiPietro and Wade Dubielewicz and that process will continue with Mike as our goalie coach.”
Some hung around longer than others.
Dunham averaged more than 50 games a season in his four full years in Tennessee, and was dealt midway through 2002-03 to the New York Rangers, where things started to unravel. He was 16-30-6 the next year in the Big Apple and never found another starting role, and his turn as DiPietro's backup was less than stellar last season.
Dunham has been friends with Garth Snow for an awful long time, as the pair were the tandem for the University of Maine when the Black Bears won the NCAA championship in 1993.