Report: Avalanche Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere Ready To Retire From NHL


Colorado Avalanche veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere is reportedly ready “call it a career” after 13 seasons as an NHL goaltender.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports first reported the story, and noted that Giguere still hasn’t made a final decision.

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Giguere was the Colorado backup to Vezina Trophy finalist Semyon Varlamov this season. He went 11-6-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.62 goals against average. The 37-year-old has posted a 262-216-25-64 record with 38 shutouts, a .913 save percentage and a 2.53 GAA in 597 career regular-season games.

The bulk of his success came with the Anaheim Ducks, who he played for from 2002-2010. He led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2003. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that postseason even though Anaheim lost to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. He’s the last player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy from a team that didn’t win the Stanley Cup. Giguere helped the Ducks claim their first championship in a five-game Stanley Cup Final against the Ottawa Senators in 2007.

When Giguere retires, there will be no active NHL players who were drafted by the Hartford Whalers (currently the Carolina Hurricanes).

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