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Carter Hutton
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Hutton with the St. Louis Blues in 2017
Born (1985-12-19) December 19, 1985 (age 38)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Buffalo Sabres
Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–2022

Carter John Hutton (born December 19, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes.

Early life

Hutton was born on December 19, 1985, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to parents John and Linda Hutton. Growing up, his father worked as a construction foreman.

Playing career

Professional

On March 26, 2010, Hutton was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers after his season in college at UMass Lowell was over. He played in four games for the Flyers American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, and dressed in several for the Flyers as Brian Boucher's backup after being called up while Johan Backlund was out with an injury.

On June 1, 2010, Hutton was signed by the San Jose Sharks as an unrestricted free agent.

Chicago Blackhawks

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Hutton with the Rockford IceHogs

On August 1, 2011, the Rockford IceHogs signed Hutton to a one-year AHL contract. During the 2011–12 season, on February 23, 2012, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Hutton to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the campaign. On March 26, 2012, the Blackhawks called Hutton up to temporarily replace goaltender Ray Emery, who was out due to an illness. On April 27, 2013, he made his first NHL start against the St. Louis Blues. Carter dressed for the last two regular season games and first five games of the 2013 NHL playoffs. The Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup, and Hutton was given a championship ring. He did not qualify to be engraved on the Stanley Cup and was left off the team picture.

Nashville Predators

On July 5, 2013, Hutton left the Blackhawks organization and signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators. He eventually became the Predators' starting goalie for most of the 2013–14 NHL season and posted a 20–11–4 record after Pekka Rinne suffered a hip infection. By December, Hutton compiled a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage to earn the NHL Third Star of the Week. Following a five-game winning streak at the end of the regular season, Hutton became the sixth 20-game winner in franchise history. On June 2, 2014, Hutton signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract to remain with the team.

In his final year with the Predators, Hutton was the teams' 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee as a "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

St. Louis Blues

After three seasons with the Predators as the backup to Rinne, Hutton left as a free agent to sign a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2016. Prior to the start of the season, Hutton earned praise from head coach Ken Hitchcock who called him "one of the best players during training camp." He made his debut with the team on October 15, where he made 33 saves for a 3–2 win over the New York Rangers. Prior to playing for the Blues during the 2017 NHL Winter Classic, Hutton designed his goaltending mask with various St. Louis markers such as the St. Louis Cardinals' redbird, a large Blue Note, and sketches of Cardinal legends. In recognition of his mask, the family of Stan Musial sent him a signed baseball. Later that month, Hutton earned his fifth career NHL shutout after making 23 saves in a 4–0 win against the San Jose Sharks on January 15. A few games later, he earned his sixth shutout in a 3–0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins seventh against the Philadelphia Flyers, and eighth against the Detroit Red Wings to tie for sixth in the NHL. As a result of his play, Hutton helped the Blues move into third place in the Central Division and qualify for the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In his second season with the Blues in 2017–18, Hutton enjoyed a career year in establishing himself as one of the premier backups in the league. He led the NHL in save percentage (.931) and goals-against average (2.09) in 32 games, earning starts from Blues starting goaltender Jake Allen.

Buffalo Sabres

Having concluded his two-year deal with the Blues, Hutton agreed to a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018. Following the signing, Hutton was praised by Buffalo's goaltending coach for being "an ideal partner for Linus Ullmark." He earned his first win with the Sabres on October 6, 2018, in a 3–1 win over the New York Rangers. Following the win, Hutton was the Sabres' starting goaltender until October 13, against the Arizona Coyotes. He returned as the starter for the Sabres by November and helped them win four consecutive regular season games for the first time since December 2014. Hutton finished his first season with the Sabres organization with an 18–25–5 record as they failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Hutton returned to the Sabres for the 2019–20 season where he shared the net with Ullmark once again. Early in the season, Hutton earned his first shutout as a starter for the Sabres in a 4–0 win over the Dallas Stars on October 14. A few days later, he set a franchise record for most saves during a regular-season game with 47 made during a shutout of the Los Angeles Kings. As a result of these shutouts, Hutton led league goaltenders in save percentage, goals-against average, and even-strength save percentage. He was subsequently named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending on October 21, 2019.

Following his back-to-back shutouts, Hutton had failed to win a game and was replaced as team starter on December 19 following a 6–1 loss. Since that game, Ullmark started the team's next eight games before Hutton was named the starter again on January 11, 2020. However, Hutton made 29 saves in the 6–3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. After posting a 0-8-4 record from October 24 through January 30, it was discovered that Hutton was suffering from a vision problem. He was again replaced by Ullmark as the team's starter before he was injured during a game against the Ottawa Senators in late January. Due to this injury, Hutton was appointed the starter with rookie Jonas Johansson as his backup. He finished the regular season with a 12–14–4 record in 31 appearances and a career-low goals-against average and save percentage.

Hutton returned to the Sabres for his final time during the 2020–21 season. He was limited to only 13 games during the season, posting a 3.47 goals against average and an .886 save percentage. His final season was derailed by a significant ankle injury.

Arizona Coyotes

After a largely disappointing tenure with the Sabres organization, Hutton left as a free agent and was signed to a one-year, league-minimum $750,000 contract with the Arizona Coyotes on July 28, 2021. Hutton appeared in three games to start the 2021–22 season, before suffering a knee injury against the Florida Panthers on October 25, 2021. After a long rehabilitation, Hutton attempted to resurrect his career but re-injured his surgically repaired ankle. He was placed on waivers and after clearing them, was reassigned to Phoenix's AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners on February 21, 2022.

Toronto Maple Leafs

On the same day as his reassignment to the Roadrunners, Hutton was traded by the Coyotes to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for future considerations. He agreed to the trade after assurances of remaining with his family and continuing on loan from the Maple Leafs with the Tucson Roadrunners. He was later reassigned to join the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, however did not feature in a game for the remainder of the season. On June 14, 2022, Hutton announced his retirement from professional ice hockey after 12 seasons.

Personal life

Hutton and his wife Stacey have two children together, a son and a daughter. In 2021, Stacey won a $50,000 jackpot after buying the winning Quest for Gold Crossword game ticket.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Thunder Bay Golden Hawks SIJHL 29 1 18 3 1389 125 0 5.40 .876
2004–05 Thunder Bay Golden Hawks SIJHL 19 7 10 0 1006 75 0 4.47 .884
2004–05 Fort William North Stars SIJHL 10 10 0 0 599 13 2 1.30 .930
2005–06 Fort William North Stars SIJHL 36 33 1 0 2053 63 10 1.84 .926 15 12 3 928 36 2 2.33 .928
2006–07 UMass-Lowell HE 19 3 10 5 1097 52 1 2.84 .889
2007–08 UMass-Lowell HE 20 7 11 2 1187 49 2 2.48 .909
2008–09 UMass-Lowell HE 19 9 8 1 1106 38 3 2.06 .916
2009–10 UMass-Lowell HE 27 13 12 2 1614 55 4 2.04 .928
2009–10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 4 1 2 1 244 11 0 2.71 .921
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 22 11 7 2 1174 59 2 3.01 .902
2011–12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 14 7 7 0 819 43 0 3.15 .900
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 43 22 13 4 2372 93 3 2.35 .917
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 51 26 22 1 2908 132 2 2.72 .908
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.05 .893
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 40 20 11 4 2085 91 1 2.62 .910
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 18 6 7 4 1010 44 1 2.61 .902
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 17 7 5 4 979 38 2 2.33 .918 3 0 0 20 1 0 3.01 .667
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 13 8 2 1460 58 4 2.39 .913
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 17 7 3 1610 56 3 2.09 .931
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 18 25 5 2840 142 0 3.00 .908
2019–20 Buffalo Sabres NHL 31 12 14 4 1776 94 2 3.18 .898
2020–21 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 10 1 675 39 0 3.47 .886
2021–22 Arizona Coyotes NHL 3 0 2 0 116 15 0 7.76 .741
NHL totals 235 94 90 27 12,608 580 13 2.76 .908 3 0 0 20 1 0 3.01 .667

Awards and honours

Award Year
College
All-HE Second Team 2009–10
NCAA (New England) D1 All-Star 2009–10
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