|Craig Richard Billington
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 168 pounds
Born: 9.11.66 London, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Ottawa Senators with Troy Mallette and Devils' 4th round pick in the
1993 E.D. for Peter Sidorkiewicz and future considerations (Mike Peluso), 6.20.93
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Billington was almost like a carbon copy of Chris Terreri sizewise... and pretty much abilitywise, as well.
After Ron Low left the Devils in 1985, it was pretty much a shooting match for the job as Chico Resch's backup. It
ultimately went to Alain Chevrier. Billington was pretty much the third goalie, meaning that while seeing ample time in
New Jersey, he also saw ample time with Utica of the AHL.
With all the goalies coming in to the parent club, it was a trend that would keep going until Sean Burke left the Devils
for the Canadian Olympic Team in 91-92, when Billington became Terreri's fulltime backup.
The two would end up splitting time the following year, and Billington would do more than hold up his end. His play
lead him to being selected to the All-Star Team that year.
He was given a chance to finally be an NHL starter the following season, but the downside was it was for the second-
year Ottawa Senators. As a result, he got SHELLED!
After getting out of Ottawa in 95, he would serve the rest of his career as a backup goalie, first to Bill Ranford in
Boston, then Patrick Roy in Colorado, and finally Olaf Kolzig in Washington, where he would retire in the middle of
the 2002-03 season.
He immediately took a coaching and player development job with the Avs and held that until 2005. It wasn't his first
taste of teaching the game, as he had run the Billington Goalie School in his native London during offseasons since he
was 15. It was because of taking the coaching job that he closed the school in 2004.
He would be promoted to VP of Player Development in 2008, then later assistant GM in 2013, with his primary focus
being the Avs' minor league system in both instances.
|Entry Draft: 1984 Second Round Pick (23rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise