Cristobal Huet was born September 3, 1975 in St. Martin D'Heres, France. The ninth choice, 214th overall selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Huet came to North America in 2002-03 after playing the previous two seasons with Lugano of the Swiss Elite League.
A highly acclaimed netminder, Huet was named the French Elite League MVP and its Top Goaltender in 2002-03 and is a three time recipient of the Top Goaltender award in the Swiss Elite League (1999, 2000, 2001). The French born netminder made his North American and NHL debut with the Kings where he saw action in 12 games while spending the majority of the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Manchester. In his rookie season in the AHL, Huet finished with a 16-8-5 record and a 2.29 GAA.
With the Kings battling injuries in 2003-04, Huet would see more action and went on to finish the season with a 10-16-10 record, before being acquired by the Montreal Canadiens, as part of a three-way trade with the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2004.
In his first season as a member of the Canadiens in 2005-06, Huet became the starting goalie after recording 7 shutouts in 36 games. His hot streak would continue into the playoffs, however the team would be eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes.
In the summer of 2006, the Canadiens re-signed Huet to a two-year deal. He would split the start of the season with Dave Aebischer, however his strong play earned him the starting role just prior to his being named to the Eastern Conference's All-Star team. Following the All-Star break, Huet suffered an injury that would sideline the netminder for the majority of the remaining season. In the 2007-08 season, a healthy Huet posted a 21-12-6 record and a 2.55 goals-against average with the Canadiens and split the role between the pipes with Habs prospect Carey Price. However, at the NHL trading deadline on February 26, 2008 Huet was dealt for Washington's 2nd-round 2009 draft pick. The move was expected to allow Huet to step into the role in Washington to help out the struggling Olaf Kolzig.
Huet's stint in Washington was short lived however. After playing exceptionally well and helping the Capitals secure a playoff birth, Huet took his club to game seven of the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Huet and the Capitals were eliminated however, and the netminder signed a 4-year, $22.4 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Huet and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, though Huet was used mostly in a backup role.
On the international stage, Huet has represented France at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics and is a four-time member of its World Championship team (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008).