Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere announced his retirement on Thursday. In 16 seasons, Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Stanley Cup, was named an All-Star and won 262 games.
Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere announced his retirement on Thursday. In 16 seasons, Giguere won 262 games, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, the Stanley Cup, and was named an NHL All-Star in 2009.
Giguere spent the last three seasons as a backup in Colorado, but played the majority of his career with the Ducks (2000-09). He was the starting goalie when Anaheim won the Cup in 2007, and he captured the Conn Smythe in 2003 after the Ducks lost to the New Jersey Devils in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final. His performance in the postseason that year was otherworldly—15-6 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .945 save percentage, and five shutouts—and it made him only the fifth player in NHL history to win the award while playing for a team that didn't win the Cup.
Drafted 13th by the Hartford Whalers in 1996, he was the last active NHL player to have taken the ice for the now-defunct team. Giguere also played for the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. He retires with a career record of 262-216-75 and a .913 save percentage.
- Alex Hampl