|BIRTHPLACE:||Blyth, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||CAR: 2004-38 overall|
Justin spends his summers in Toronto and has a dog named Roxy… His uncle, Mike Leckie, played college hockey at Harvard… His brother Anthony plays goalie for the St. Mary’s Huskies (CIS) and his brother, Alex is a defenseman for the Plymouth Whalers… Justin is involved with the Ainsleigh Bontaine Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits the children’s hospital in London, Ont… He started playing hockey at the age of five, and switched to goaltender at age 11… His first youth team was the Blyth Bulldogs, and his favorite former teammate was Cole Stewart… His parents were the biggest influence on his career and his favorite player growing up was Patrick Roy… His favorite television show is SportsCenter, favorite movie is Gladiator, favorite magazine is Sports Illustrated and favorite musical artist is Jason Aldean… Justin’s first job was in landscaping… His favorite vacation spot is the Bahamas, favorite Triangle restaurant is Nina’s, favorite food is steak and favorite website is tsn.ca… His biggest talent outside of hockey is golf, and he is a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays… Justin’s favorite non-hockey athlete is Usain Bolt and the person he’d most like to meet is Wayne Gretzky… He wears No. 35 because it was his number in Albany (AHL)… Justin’s biggest game-day habit is his pre-game stretching routine… His favorite thing about playing in the NHL is “the competitiveness” and most memorable hockey moment was his first NHL game… Justin’s favorite road city is New York and favorite road arena is Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Completed his third NHL season with the Hurricanes, splitting the year between the NHL and American Hockey League (AHL)… Was 2-3-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in seven games with the Hurricanes… Was 10-13-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 28 AHL games with the Checkers… Began the year in Charlotte and was named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a 5-1-1 record with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage in seven appearances… Made NHL season debut and stopped a career-high 48 shots at PIT (12/27)… Made his second start of the season and had 31 saves at NSH (1/7)… Stopped 35 of 37 shots to earn his first win of the season and was named third star vs. SJ (2/17)… Stopped all 17 shots to earn his first career NHL/Hurricanes shutout and was named second star vs. WSH (2/20)… Made 37 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss vs. ANA (2/23)… Stopped 42 of the 44 shots he faced in a 3-2 shootout loss vs. FLA (2/25)… Reassigned to Charlotte (3/2)… Served as backup for 25 NHL games (12/15-26, 12/29-1/6, 1/10-2/13, 2/18).
Is in his fourth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Signed a two-year contract with Carolina on July 1, 2012… Had a record of 72-82-8 with a 2.83 goals-against average in 176 career AHL games entering 2012-13… Also played in 32 games in the ECHL with Florida, going 18-10-3 with a 2.67 goals-against average.
2002-03: Completed his rookie season of junior hockey with Toronto St. Michael’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), going 6-10-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average… Won a bronze medal with Team Ontario during the 2003 Under-17 Canada Games, posting a 3-0 record.
2003-04: Was second among OHL goaltenders in wins, posting a St. Michael’s Majors modern-era franchise record with 30 victories… Was selected for the 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game… Had four shutouts during the 2004 OHL playoffs, and scored a goal in Game 7 of the Majors’ first-round playoff victory against Sudbury, the only goal of his amateur or professional career.
2004-05: Was 23-23-5 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 58 games for Toronto St. Michael’s.
2005-06: Split his final season of junior hockey between Toronto St. Michael’s and Plymouth… Was 29-21-4 with a 3.14 goals-against average for the season, including 19-15-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average after the trade to Plymouth… Completed his four-year junior hockey career posting a record of 88-70-16 in 189 career OHL games, with a 2.88 goals-against average and eight shutouts.
2006-07: Completed his first professional season, spending most of the year with Albany (AHL)… Was 10-8-0 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in 34 games with the River Rats… Also appeared in one ECHL game with the Florida Everblades… Made his professional debut with Albany at Rochester on 10/6, and posted his first professional shutout for the River Rats 12/8/06.
2007-08: Split the year between Albany (AHL) and Florida (ECHL)… Was 18-10-2 in the ECHL with a 2.57 goals-against average and 7-3-0 in the AHL with a 2.70 goals-against average… Began the season in Florida and was the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for October, finishing the month unbeaten with a 0.97 goals-against average… Was named to the American Conference squad for the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game… Stopped an ECHL career-high 49 shots in a 5-4 shootout win at Mississippi (12/28).
2008-09: Spent the entire season with Albany (AHL), posting AHL-career bests in games played (56), shutouts (4) and save percentage (.908)… Made an AHL-career-high 55 saves vs. Providence (11/8)… Was recalled to Carolina (NHL) for the first time on 12/2 and served as the Hurricanes’ backup for four games… Won four consecutive AHL games from 2/7-2/13… Dropped the gloves with Alexandre Picard at Syracuse (2/28)… Made 47 saves and stopped four-of-six in the shootout for a 1-0 win at Providence (3/20)… Played in his 100th AHL game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/10)… Recorded his 19th win of the season and had 15 penalty minutes for a center-ice scrap with Senators goalie Jeff Glass vs. Binghamton (4/11).
2009-10: Completed his first NHL season, earning a record of 6-3-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and .905 save percentage… Was 26-18-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 47 AHL games with Albany… Played in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, stopping nine of 11 shots for the Canadian AHL All-Stars during the second period of a 10-9 shootout victory for Canada… Made his NHL debut, stopping 34 of 35 shots to earn the victory and first-star honors at NYI (2/6)… Recorded his career-best 20th AHL win of the season with a victory vs. Adirondack (2/20)… Made 32 saves on 33 shots at TOR (3/2) to earn his third consecutive NHL victory… Suffered his first NHL loss, giving up three goals on 29 shots faced at FLA (3/6)… Made 37 saves and was named first star in a 4-3 overtime victory vs. PIT (3/11)… Played all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup Playoff games, going 4-4 with a 3.42 goals-against average… Won his professional playoff debut vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/14)… Earned victories in four consecutive games as the River Rats swept Wilkes-Barre Scranton before being swept by Hershey.
2010-11: Established career high in NHL games played (12), going 3-5-1 with a 3.98 goals-against average… Served as backup and did not play in 70 games, including 36 of the final 37 games of the season… Made his season debut at LA (10/20), stopping 23 of 27 shots in a 4-3 loss… Made his first home start of the season, stopping 35 of 38 shots in a 3-2 loss vs. WSH (11/24)… Entered the game at FLA (12/15) at the 1:42 mark and stopped 21 of 22 shots to earn his first victory of the season… Stopped 32 of 35 shots to earn his second win of the season at FLA (1/7)… Earned his second consecutive victory, stopping 25 of 28 shots in a 4-3 overtime win vs. ATL (1/9)… Saw his first action since 1/17, stopping 24 shots in a 5-2 loss at CHI (3/4).