Veteran broadcaster and former NHL goaltender, John Garrett, joined Sportsnet as the lead game analyst for regional Vancouver Canucks broadcasts in 2002. Returning the broadcast booth for the 2014-15 NHL season, Garrett continues to bring his wealth of hockey knowledge to viewers on the West coast.
Following his retirement from the NHL in 1986, Garrett began his broadcast career as a colour commentator with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. During his time with Hockey Night in Canada, Garrett contributed numerous regular season NHL broadcasts and eight Conference Final broadcasts. After 12 years with CBC, Garrett joined Sportsnet as a studio analyst and colour commentator during the network’s inaugural season in 1998. In 2002, Garrett returned to the West coast as the game analyst for Vancouver Canucks regional broadcasts on Sportsnet.
Prior to his work on-air, Garrett enjoyed a 14-year professional hockey career, playing for several teams in the NHL, WHL, AHL and WHA. Drafted in 1971 by the St. Louis Blues, Garrett played a season in the NHL before signing with the WHL’s Portland Buccaroos in 1972. Over the course of the next several seasons, Garrett played for the AHL’s Richmond Robins, the WHA’s Minnesota Fighting Saints and the Toronto Toros before joining the New England Whalers prior to the franchise entering the NHL. To date, Garrett still holds the record for most wins by any goalie in WHA history.
After minding the net for the Whalers, Garrett played for the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks before announcing his retirement from the NHL in 1986.