Colorado Avalanche
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
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Jean-SebastienGiguere
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
CATCHES: Left
WEIGHT: 202
BIRTHDATE: 05/16/1977
BIRTHPLACE: Montreal, QC, CAN
DRAFTED: HFD: 1995-13 overall
AWARDS:
Conn Smythe Trophy (1)

2013-14 SEASON
Appeared in 22 games (19 starts) in his 16th NHL season, posting a 11-6-1 record with a 2.62 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts...Shared the team lead in shutouts...Finished the season ranked 44th on the NHL’s all-time list in wins (262) and 43rd in games (597)...Is tied with Tom Barrasso & Sean Burke for 37th all-time in shutouts (38)...Began the year 7-0-0, the first goaltender in franchise history to start a season 7-0...Giguere’s seven-game win streak was a new career high...Was the first Avalanche goaltender to win seven straight games since Andrew Raycroft from Nov 29, 2008 to Jan 10, 2009...Opened the year by winning each of his first five starts, allowing just five goals total (1.00 GAA, .970 Sv%)...Recorded two shutouts in his first three starts, becoming the first netminder in Avalanche/Nordiques history to post two shutouts in his first three games of a season...In his first start of the year, Oct. 10 at Boston, Jiggy stopped all 39 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Bruins...Giguere’s 39 saves were his most ever in a regular season shutout...Giguere and Varlamov were named the NHL’s Second Stars for the week ending Oct. 13...Did not dress on Jan. 14 at Chicago and Jan. 25 at Tampa due to injury (back)...Earned his 259th career victory on Feb. 3 at New Jersey, passing Ken Dryden (258) for 44th place on the all-time wins list...Started the season finale on April 13 at Anaheim, making 33 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Was backup in each game of the Avalanche's seven-game, first-round series with Minnesota.

CAREER
Backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship…Won the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after leading Anaheim to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final…Was the fifth player in league history to win the Conn Smythe on a losing team…Ranks 37th all-time in career shutouts (38), 43rd in games played (597) and 44th in wins (262)...Finished 2013-14 season tied for 31st all-time with 33 career playoff wins...Has a .925 career postseason saves percentage, which is the sixth highest in Stanley Cup Playoff history...Owns a 12-1 career record in playoff overtime games...Was the starting goaltender for the Western Conference at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.

2012-13 SEASON
Started 14 games for Colorado and appeared four times in relief…Led the Avalanche in goals-against average (2.84) and save percentage (.908)…Posted his 247th career victory on Jan. 31 at Calgary, breaking a tie with George Hainsworth and Pete Peeters for 46th place on the all-time wins list…Did not dress on Feb. 16 at Edmonton and March 3 at Columbus for personal reasons…Earned his 250th career victory on April 13 vs. Vancouver, tying Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bower for 45th place on the all-time wins list…Passed Bower for sole possession of 45th place with his 251st victory on April 21 vs. St. Louis.

2011-12: Appeared in 32 games during his first season with the Avalanche, posting a 15-11-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage…Finished ninth in the league in goals-against average, the lowest GAA by a Colorado netminder since David Aebischer in 2003-04 (2.09)…Giguere’s .919 Sv% was also the best by an Avs goalie since Aebischer in 2003-04 (.924)…Posted his most victories since 2008-09 (19 with Anaheim)…Made 30 starts and appeared twice in relief…Earned the victory in his Avalanche debut, Oct. 13 at Ottawa…Posted a 3-0 shutout on Nov. 18 vs. Dallas, moving him past Eddie Johnston (234) for 50th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list…Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Dec. 19-25 (3-0-0, 1.60 GAA, .951%)…Left in the first period on Feb. 15 at Vancouver due to a groin injury, forcing him to miss two games Feb. 17-19…Posted his second shutout of the year in a 1-0 shootout loss at New Jersey on March 15.

2010-11: Appeared in 33 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs…Was Toronto’s Opening Night starter and posted a 3-2 victory over Montreal in the season opener at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 7…Won each of his first three starts to begin the year…Appeared in his 500th NHL game on Nov. 2 vs. Ottawa…Missed six games, Nov. 18-30, due to a groin injury…Also sat out on Dec. 6 at Washington (groin)…Missed 11 contests from Dec. 18 to Jan. 11 due to a groin injury…Left after one period due to a lower-body injury on Feb. 16 at Buffalo, forcing him to miss three games from Feb. 19-24.

2009-10: Split the season between Anaheim (20 games) and Toronto (15)…Appeared in his 442nd contest with Anaheim on Dec. 17 at San Jose, establishing a franchise record for games played by a netminder (previously held by Guy Hebert)…Opened his Leafs career by posting a shutout in each of his first two starts, Feb. 2 vs. New Jersey and Feb. 6 vs. Ottawa…Became the first goaltender in Maple Leafs history to record back-to-back shutouts in his first two starts with the team and was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week…Giguere’s 3-0 shutout over the Devils in his Leafs debut made him just the fourth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to post a shutout in his debut, joining Joe Ironstone in March of 1928, Lorne Chabot in November of 1928 and Ed Belfour in October of 2002…Compiled a shutout streak of 151:30 over four games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8.

2008-09: Voted the starting goaltender for the Western Conference at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in his hometown of Montreal…Stopped 7-of-11 shots in the first period of the All-Star Game on Jan. 25…Posted his 30th career shutout on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose…Tied his career high with a six-game winning streak from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4…Earned his 200th career victory on Dec. 7 vs. Columbus. 

2008-09 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in one playoff game in relief, Game 4 of the CSF on May 7 vs. Detroit.

2007-08: Established career bests and set Anaheim records for goals-against average (2.12) and save percentage (.922)…Finished second in the NHL in goals-against average, was third in save percentage and tied for seventh in wins (35)…Missed the first six games of season recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery…Became Anaheim’s all-time leader in shutouts with his 28th career on Feb. 1 at St. Louis…Named the NHL’s Third Star of Week for the period ending Feb. 10 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA, .966 Sv% and one shutout…Became Anaheim’s all-time wins leader with his 174th victory on Feb. 17 vs. Calgary…Missed three games due to back spasms, Mar. 21-26. 

2007-08 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six games of the first round series against Dallas.

2006-07: Won a career-high and club-record 36 games for the Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks during the regular season…Ranked 10th in the NHL in wins, was fifth in GAA (2.26) and seventh in save percentage (.918-tied)…Appeared in his 300th career game Oct. 11 vs. St. Louis…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Oct. 22 after posting 3-0-0 record, 1.30 GAA and .952 Sv%…Missed 12 games, Dec. 29 to Jan. 19, due to a groin strain.

2006-07 PLAYOFFS: Backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history…Appeared in 18 postseason games, fashioning a 13-4 record with a 1.97 goals-against average and one shutout…Tied for the league lead in playoff wins, was fourth in GAA and fifth in Sv% (.922)…Made his first start of the 2007 playoffs in Game 5 (CQF) vs. Minnesota on April 19 after sitting out the first four games due to family reasons…Saw his playoff OT shutout streak of 197:52, the longest streak in NHL postseason history, snapped in Game 2 of the CSF vs. Vancouver on April 27…Went on to win his next four OT contests to improve his career mark to 12-1 in playoff overtime games…Stopped all 16 shots for his sixth career playoff shutout in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against Ottawa on May 30 at the Honda Center.

2005-06: Finished tied for eighth in the NHL with a .911 save percentage…Reached 30 wins for the second time in his career.

2005-06 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in six of Anaheim’s 16 playoff contests…Was held out of Game 1 of the first round series at Calgary due to a groin strain (April 21).

2004-05: Played with Hamburg in Germany.

2003-04: Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Dec. 3 at Detroit…Made a career-high 51 saves on March 21 vs. Detroit.

2002-03: Finished tied for second in the NHL with a career-high eight shutouts…Ranked fifth in the league with 34 wins…Registered three consecutive shutouts from Dec. 8-15, becoming the 15th goaltender in modern NHL history (1943-44) to record three straight shutouts…Had a scoreless streak of 237:07 from Dec. 6-18, a Ducks franchise record and the longest streak of Giguere’s career…At the time, it marked the third-longest scoreless minutes streak by an individual goaltender in the modern era and the longest since 1950…Missed two contests (Jan. 3-5) with a sore neck.

2002-03 PLAYOFFS: Won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s playoff MVP…Became the fifth player in league history to win the Conn Smythe on a losing team, joining Ron Hextall in 1987, Reggie Leach in 1976, Glenn Hall in 1968 and Roger Crozier in 1966…Led the NHL in playoff goals-against average (1.62) and save percentage (.945), while ranking second in wins (15) and shutouts (5)…Backstopped Anaheim to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, falling to New Jersey 3-0 in the decisive game on June 9…Blanked Minnesota in each of the first three games of the Western Conference Final, May 10-14, becoming the first goaltender to post shutouts in the first three games of a series since Toronto’s Frank McCool in the 1945 Stanley Cup Final against Detroit…Had a playoff scoreless streak of 217:54 from May 12-16.

2001-02: Finished fifth in the league in goals-against average (2.13) and save percentage (.920)…Missed the first five games of the season from Oct. 4-12 with a groin strain…Earned the win in his 100th NHL game, Jan. 30 vs. Columbus…Registered a career-high six-game winning streak from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6.

2000-01: Split the season between Anaheim and Cincinnati (AHL)…Posted his first NHL shutout with 27 saves in a 1-0 win on Feb. 21 vs. San Jose…Named to the Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the AHL All-Star Classic.

1999-00: Appeared in seven games with the Calgary Flames and 41 with Saint John (AHL).

1998-99: Saw action in 15 games for the Calgary Flames.

1997-98: Was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team with Saint John…Shared the AHL’s Holmes Trophy with teammate Tyler Moss as the club with the lowest goals-against average.

1996-97: Made his NHL debut with the Hartford Whalers on Dec. 12 at Philadelphia, falling 3-2…Picked up his first NHL win in his second start on Dec. 28 vs. Ottawa, making 30 saves in a 3-2 victory…Appeared in eight games total for the Whalers…Was named to the QMJHL All-Star Team with Halifax.

1995-96: Named Halifax’s team MVP.

1994-95: Led the QMJHL in playoff goals-against average with a 2.45 mark in seven games for Halifax.

INTERNATIONAL
Played for Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic…Won both of his starts while allowing just one goal total (0.50 GAA) as he helped the Canadians capture the gold medal.

PERSONAL
J.S. and his wife, Kristen, have three sons, Maxime-Olivier, Luka and Felix…Nickname is “Jiggy”…Resides in his home province of Quebec during the offseason…Named to Sports Illustrated’s second-team, NHL all-decade team for 2000-09 in the Dec. 28, 2009 issue…Volunteered at the giveSPORTS equipment drive on Sept. 8, 2012 at Pepsi Center, which helped collect 25,000 new and gently used sports equipment, $11,000 in cash donations and $30,000 in scholarship funds…The equipment drive benefitted “A Precious Child” and the “Jessica Ghawi Scholarship Fund”…Helped run a practice for the Avalanche’s Pee Wee Team (University of Denver Jr. Pioneers) on Jan. 23, 2012 at Pepsi Center…Giguere himself participated in the Quebec Tournament as a youth hockey player…Hosted families from Warren Village at the Denver Zoo’s annual holiday Zoo Lights on Dec. 12, 2011…Warren Village helps low-income, previously homeless single-parent families move from public assistance to personal and economic self-sufficiency…Name is pronounced ZHAWN-suh-BAS-t-yehn  zhih-GAIR.