Zack Whan of Kingston travelled to Belleville with his dad Jody to get some of his favourite photos signed by Andrew Raycroft.
Prior to entering the junior hockey ranks, Raycroft grew up playing minor hockey with the Quinte Red Devils AAA system in the Eastern Ontario AAA League of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).
In 1997–98, he began a three-year career in the Ontario Hockey League, playing for the Kingston Frontenacs and Sudbury Wolves. He also played junior for the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. (OJHL) Raycroft was drafted 135th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
He made his NHL debut in 2000–01 with the Bruins, replacing Byron Dafoe in a 5–1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. As a late-game replacement, however, he was not given the decision. Raycroft recorded his first NHL win two days later on October 9 in a 4–2 win over the Florida Panthers. Raycroft played 11 games total for the Bruins in his first season, while playing the majority of his first three professional seasons with the team’s minor league affiliate, the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
After the Bruins renewed his contract on July 31, 2003, Raycroft played his first full NHL season in 2003–2004, compiling a 29- 18-9 record with a 2.05 goals against average (GAA), .926 save percentage and three shutouts. He helped lead the Bruins to a second-place finish in the regular season in the Eastern Conference en route to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Not having played enough games to qualify as a rookie in his previous three NHL seasons, Raycroft was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2004, as league rookie of the year. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Raycroft signed with Djurgården of the Swedish Elitserien on November 6, 2004. He did not, however, play any games for the team and signed with Tappara Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga several months later on January 17, 2005.
When NHL play resumed, he struggled with the Boston Bruins in the 2005–06 season, managing only eight wins, while being a healthy scratch for the majority of the season. He was demoted to the Bruins’ third-string position behind starter Tim Thomas and rookie backup Hannu Toivonen.
On June 24, 2006, Raycroft was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began playing for the Maple Leafs in the 2006–07 season and earned his first shutout and win as a Leaf in a 6-0 victory against the Ottawa Senators on October 5, 2006.
On April 3, 2007, Raycroft tied the Leafs’ franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in the regular season. Andrew has also played with Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and teams in Europe. On April 9, 2014 Raycroft announced his retirement from professional hockey.