|Born||November 25, 1982 (1982-11-25) (age 27),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
|UHC Dynamo Moscow
|NHL Draft||80th overall, 2001
Michael Garnett (born on November 25, 1982 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a professional ice hockey goaltender for UHC Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Garnett spent his junior years in the Western Hockey League for the Red Deer Rebels and the Saskatoon Blades before being drafted by the Thrashers in round 3, 80th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Garnett has spent most of his professional career with Atlanta's AHL's affiliate the Chicago Wolves. In the 2005–06 NHL season, Garnett was called up to the main Thrashers roster for the first time, serving as a backup goalie though this was short lived. In only his second game as a backup, Garnett was thrust into action against the Montreal Canadiens due to an injury to goaltender Mike Dunham.
Garnett appeared in 24 games for the Thrashers at one point setting a franchise record for consecutive games played by a goaltender with 17. In December 2005, Garnett became the first goaltender in the history of the franchise to post back-to-back shutouts. Garnett was sent to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in January 2006 in the middle of a 10 game regulation undefeated streak (7–0–3) which included 2 shutouts and being named runner up for NHL defensive player of the week.
His regular season during the 2006–07 campaign was spent entirely with the Chicago Wolves where he split time on the ice with veteran goalie Fred Brathwaite. Garnett was spectacular during the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. He had 8 wins and carried the Chicago Wolves to the west division title before being replaced after one loss in the conference finals. A series which the Wolves went on to lose in five games to the eventual Calder Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs.
After the 2006-07 season finished, Garnett became an unrestricted free agent and opted to sign in the Russian Super League. He played 54 games with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the 20 team league. The team qualified for playoffs in the 15th seed and played the defending champion Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the first round. They pushed the champions to the brink but lost the best of five series in a 5th and deciding game in Magnitogorsk. July 09, 2008, Garnett signed a 2-year contract with MVD Balashikha.
The 2009-2010 season was Michael's most successful to date. Michael played in the 2010 KHL Allstar Game in Minsk, Belarus on Jan. 30. Also, he and HC MVD won the Tarasov division regular season title before moving on to win the Western Conference playoff championship. This was an amazing achievement considering HC MVD was 21st in payroll out of the 24 team league. Michael received a Silver Medal for the feat of placing 2nd in the Championship of Russian hockey. Michael was also honoured for his great season by receiving the Golden Helmet Trophy at the annual season ending KHL awards banquet for being selected to the 1st Allstar Team of the KHL.
Michael has signed for the 2010-2011 Season with UHC Dynamo of the KHL.