Hockey

John Vanbiesbrouck retires

John Vanbiesbrouck has called it a career--again.

On Friday, Vanbiesbrouck ended his short stint back in the NHL and re-retired on Friday, leaving the New Jersey Devils scrambling for a backup goaltender.

The 38-year-old Vanbiesbrouck returned to the NHL's active ranks in February to serve as Martin Brodeur's backup. He went 2-3 with a 2.00 goals-against average.

Before convincing Vanbiesbrouck to come out of retirement, the Devils had used J.F. Damphousse and Scott Clemmensen as backups. New Jersey also has Ari Ahonen in Albany, but the club is reluctant to use any as the backup next season.

The previous season, Vanbiesbrouck was traded from the New York Islanders to New Jersey for Chris Terreri on March 12, 2001. He had a 4-0 record for the Devils, before retiring for the first time at the end of the 2001 playoffs.

Vanbiesbrouck broke in with the New York Rangers in the 1981-82 season and became the Blueshirts' starting netminder in the 1985-86 campaign -- the same year he won the Vezina as the league's top goaltender.

After his 11-year stint with the Rangers, "The Beezer" played five seasons with Florida, before spending time with Philadelphia, the Islanders and New Jersey.

Vanbiesbrouck led the 1995-96 Panthers to the Cup finals only to be swept by the Avalanche in four games.

A native of Detroit, Vanbiesbrouck compiled 374 wins and a 2.97 goals- against-average in 882 career games. His 40 career shutouts are tied for 25th place all-time.

Vanbiesbrouck also went 28-38 in 71 lifetime playoff games with a 2.68 goals-against average.

Vanbiesbrouck will take over the general manager and head coach duties of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He replaces Craig Hartsburg, who was named assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week.

with files from Sport Network