Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Hackett
Goaltender Jeff Hackett grew up studying his idol Tony Esposito, figuring that if he copied the future Hall of Famer's style, he, too, could make it as an NHL goalie. After a junior hockey career that included the London Diamonds and the Oshawa Generals, Hackett drafted by the New York Islanders in 1987. He split the next two seasons between the Islanders and the Springfield Indians of the AHL (where he won the Jack A. Butterfield playoff MVP trophy) before being picked up by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 Expansion Draft. After playing 78 games for the Sharks between 1991 and 1993, Hackett was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick in the 1994 Entry Draft.

It was while playing for the Hawks that Hackett's career came full circle: in January of 1996. He entered the Chicago record book with Tony Esposito by recording eight consecutive wins, proving that his prior study of Esposito's game had paid off. After a total of 173 games for the Blackhawks, Hackett was traded to Montreal along with Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine, and a fourth-round draft pick for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson, and Brad Brown in November 1998.

After comparing the media attention he initially received in Montreal with the amount he had watched Michael Jordan undergo in Chicago, Hackett quickly settled down and became a fan favourite. By February 1999, he had been voted one of the three stars eight times, due in no small part to his .914 save percentage, his 2.17 GAA, and his obvious love of his new home.

Hackett went on to play parts of five seasons with Montreal before being acquired by the Boston Bruins in the early stages of the 2002-03 season. One season would be all for Hackett in Beantown, as he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival with the Flyers, Hackett went on to play 27 games before retiring from the game midway through the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1984-85 London Diamonds ON-Jr.B 18 1 4.06
1985-86 London Diamonds ON-Jr.B 19 0 3.43
1986-87 Oshawa Generals OHL 31 18 9 2 2 3.05 15 8 7 0 2.68
1986-87 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 3 2 1 0 0 4.00
1987-88 Oshawa Generals OHL 53 30 21 2 0 3.89 7 3 4 0 4.25
1987-88 Canada WJC-A
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 13 4 7 0 0 3.53
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 29 12 14 2 0 4.15
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 54 24 25 3 1 3.68 17 10 5 0 3.85
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 30 5 18 1 0 3.62
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 11 27 1 0 3.84
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 36 2 30 1 0 5.28
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 2 12 3 0 3.43
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 1 3 2 0 2.38 2 0 0 0 2.31
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 18 11 4 4 2.40 1 0 1 0 5.00
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 19 18 4 2 2.16 6 2 4 0 4.35
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 21 25 11 8 2.20
1997-98 Canada WC-A 2 0 1 1 0 4.50
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 2 6 1 0 3.78
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 24 20 9 5 2.27
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 23 25 7 3 2.40
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 4 10 2 0 3.25
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 5 5 2 0 3.18
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 7 8 2 0 2.54
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 18 8 9 0 1 3.21 3 1 2 0 1.68
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 10 10 6 3 2.39
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
NHL Totals 500 166 244 56 26 2.90 12 3 7 0 3.54


Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (1990) Claimed by San Jose from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Chicago by San Jose for Chicago's 3rd round choice (Alexei Yegorov) in 1994 Entry Draft, July 13, 1993. Traded to Montreal by Chicago with Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Montreal selected Chris Dyment) in 1999 Entry Draft for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson and Brad Brown, November 16, 1998.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to hand injury vs. Minnesota, October 24, 2000.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to shoulder injury vs. Buffalo, October 20, 2001. Traded to San Jose by Montreal for Niklas Sundstrom and San Jose's 3rd round choice (later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Paul Baier) in 2004 Entry Draft, January 23, 2003. Traded to Boston by San Jose with Jeff Jillson for Kyle McLaren and Boston's 4th round choice (Torrey Mitchell) in 2004 Entry Draft, January 23, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to the effects of vertigo, January 19, 2004.
Officially announced his retirement, February 9, 2004.