The Chicago Blackhawks offered Lamothe a contract, which led to three seasons in Indianapolis with their top affiliate. With Indianapolis, Lamothe platooned with number of different goalies and honed his game while waiting for his chance. In 1999 the big goaltender left Indianapolis to play in Cleveland, though he was till property of Chicago. Early in the 1999-00 campaign, Lamothe got the call from the Blackhawks who needed him to suit up as Jocelyn Thibault's back up as in injury fill in for Steve Passmore.
Just four minutes into the game Thibault went down with an injury himself and Lamothe gathered his gear on the Chicago bench and skated into the crease to make his NHL debut. The St. Louis Blues, however, were merciless and gave the rookie goaltender a baptism by fire. When the buzzer sounded they had beaten him seven times en route to an 8-3 victory. He was able to build some confidence after this tough first game a week later when he stopped 22 of 25 shots versus the Boston Bruins and posted his first big league victory.
After the season was over Lamothe and Chicago parted ways and he signed a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but spent the entire year in the minors. Then after a year with that organization he was on the move again, this time signing on to join the Edmonton Oilers. Lamothe played well in camp for Edmonton, but in the end the Oilers elected to go with a rookie Finnish goaltender to back up incumbent Tommy Salo and Lamothe joined the Hamilton Bulldogs for the AHL.
In the summer of 2002, the Detroit Red Wings signed the free-agent goaltender and upon his arrival with the organization, he went on to spend the majority of his playing time with the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids before making his first NHL start during the 2003-04 season.
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