Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere starred with Laval Laurentide Lanaudiere of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League and then with the Verdun College Francais and Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Selected 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Giguere saw brief action in the NHL before he was returned for one more year of junior hockey.

In August, 1997 Giguere was traded to the Calgary Flames and formed a fine goaltending partnership in Sait John of the AHL with Tyler Moss. Following the 1997-98 season the two shared the Hap Holmes Memorial trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league. Giguere showed promise during a couple of recalls to the NHL but was overshadowed by the unexpected development of Fred Brathwaite in the Flames' goal. Giguere was dealt to Anaheim prior to the 2000-01 season and ended up supplanting Dominic Roussel as Guy Hebert's back up.

Giguere would split his first season in Anaheim with the Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Cincinnati before earning the outright number one position the following year and guiding Anaheim to the post-season in 2003.

In his first playoff game, Giguere and his Mighty Duck teammates defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in triple overtime. Giguere stopped an astounding 63 shots in the contest, breaking Jiri Chra's NHL record of most saves in a playoff debut by two. Giguere continued his playoff OT shutout streak to a record 168:27 and counting. In so doing, he led his Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose to the New Jersey Devils in a hard fought seven game series. Giguere earned playoff MVP honours, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, thus becoming the fifth player to ever win the award from a losing team.

Coming off a playoff MVP performance in 2002-03, Giguere and the Ducks struggled in 2003-04. Despite the off-season acquisitions of Sergei Fedorov and Vaclav Prospal, the club missed the playoffs after being Stanley Cup finalists the previous year.

After the NHL lockout, Giguere returned to the Ducks crease and posted a stellar 30-win season. However, the club was ousted in the playoffs that season by the eventual Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers. In 2006-07, the newly named "Anaheim Ducks" returned with a vengeance. Giguere finished the season with a record of 36-10-8 as the club set new franchise records in wins (48) and points (110). The Ducks momentum carried through to the 2007 NHL playoffs as the club steamrolled through the league with a 16-5 record en rout to the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, Giguere has represented his homeland at the 2001 World Championships and helped them capture gold in 2004.

On January 31, 2010, Giguere's time in Anaheim would come to an end. He was traded to Toronto in exchange for goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake.

Giguere's time in Toronto would be riddled with injury. He was limited to just 33 games in 2010-11 due to groin injuries and the veteran goaltender found himself a free agent at season's end. On July 1, 2011, Giguere signed on with the Colorado Avalanche.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1992-93 Laval-Laurentides QAAA 25 12 11 2 0 3.02 11 6 5 0 0 3.49
1993-94 Verdun College Francais QMJHL 26 13 7 2 1 3.21 1 0 0 0 0 4.14
1994-95 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 47 14 27 5 2 3.93 7 3 4 0 1 2.44
1995-96 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 55 26 23 2 1 3.43 6 1 5 0 0 4.04
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 8 1 4 0 0 3.65
1996-97 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 50 28 19 3 2 3.37 16 9 7 0 0 3.65
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 31 16 10 3 2 2.46 10 5 3 0 3.02
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 15 6 7 1 0 3.21
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 39 18 16 3 3 3.44 7 3 2 0 4.14
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 7 1 3 1 0 2.73
1999-00 Saint John Flames AHL 41 17 17 3 0 3.05 3 0 3 0 3.03
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 34 11 17 5 4 2.57
2000-01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 23 12 7 2 0 2.43
2000-01 Canada WC-A
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 53 20 25 6 4 2.13
2001-02 Canada WC-A 4 0 1.89
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 65 34 22 6 8 2.30 21 15 6 5 1.62
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 17 31 6 3 2.62
2003-04 Canada WC-A 2 2 0 0 1 0.50
2004-05 Hamburg Freezers Germany 6 0 2.39 2 0 4.20
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 60 30 15 11 2 2.66 6 3 3 0 3.40
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 56 36 10 8 4 2.26 18 13 4 1 1.97
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 58 35 17 6 4 2.12 6 2 4 0 3.18
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 46 19 18 6 2 3.10 1 0 0 0 0.00
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 20 4 8 5 1 3.14
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 6 7 2 2 2.49
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 11 11 4 0 2.87
2011-12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 32 15 11 3 2 2.27
2012-13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 18 5 4 4 0 2.84
NHL Totals 575 251 210 74 36 2.52 52 33 17 6 2.08


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1997)
AHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals against) (1998) (shared with Tyler Moss)
Conn Smythe Trophy (2003) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Calgary by Carolina with Andrew Cassels for Gary Roberts and Trevor Kidd, August 25, 1997. Traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Anaheim's 2nd round choice (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Matt Pettinger) in 2000 Entry Draft, June 10, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Hamburg (Germany), January 31, 2005. Traded to Toronto by Anaheim for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake, January 31, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2011.