Jim Carey's father was an all-American high school football player and his brother was in the Baltimore Orioles system, and when Jim was young he played forward, not goal. When he got to the NHL he went undefeated in his first seven games, in 1994-95 with Washington, the team that had drafted him 32nd overall in 1992.
He played 71 games the following year, won the Vezina Trophy, and set innumerable team records. The next fall he was backup to Mike Richter on Team USA's entry in the 1996 World Cup. But he was traded to Boston in a monster deal the following season. Carey signed as a free agent with St. Louis on March 1, 1999 and played four games for the Blues.