The Rochester Americans announced this week that former Amerks and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Martin Biron will headline the second and final Seneca Resorts & Casinos Legends Night on Friday, March 24 when Rochester hosts the first-ever visit from the Springfield Thunderbirds at The Blue Cross Arena. Biron will sign autographs and pose for photos with the fans prior to the game from 6 to 7 p.m. in the upper atrium.
Biron backstopped the Amerks for parts of four seasons from 1997 to 2001, posting a career record of 59-32-9 with a 2.36 goals-against and a .921 save percentage. Biron’s best season as an Amerk came during the 1998-99 campaign when he appeared in 52 of Rochester’s 80 games, finishing with a 36-13-3 overall record while setting the franchise mark for the lowest goals-against average (2.07) and highest save percentage (.930), the latter of which also tied an AHL record. For his efforts, Biron was named the recipient of the AHL’s top two goaltending awards – the Aldedge (Baz) Bastien Memorial Award, presented annually to the goaltender voted best at his position, and the Harry (Hap) Holmes Memorial Award, which recognizes a team’s goaltender(s) with the fewest number of goals-against per game who has appeared in at least 25 games during the regular season.
The former first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres also became just the second netminder in team history to post six shutouts in a single season that year, matching the then franchise record originally set by Amerks Hall of Famer Bobby Perreault in 1967-68. Biron played his final season in Rochester in 2000-01 while also splitting time with the Buffalo Sabres, closing out his Amerks career with 2,761 saves and 13 shutouts in 103 games in the red, white and blue.
Biron currently serves as the director of goaltending for the Academy of Hockey at HarborCenter and makes regular appearances as a guest analyst during Sabres TV broadcasts on MSG.
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