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Jean-Sébastien Giguère (born May 16, 1977, in Montrealmarker, Quebecmarker) is a French-Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played major junior with the Verdun Collège Français and Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he was drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the Calgary Flames organization for four seasons before joining the Ducks in 2000. Giguère won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 before winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Playing career

NHL beginnings

Giguère was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) by the Hartford Whalers 13th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. After a four-year major junior career that included QMJHL Second Team All-Star honours in 1997, he made his NHL debut with the Whalers, playing in eight games at the end of the 1996–97 season.

The following off-season, on August 25, 1997, Giguère was traded to the Calgary Flames with centre Andrew Cassels for forward Gary Roberts and goaltender Trevor Kidd. He played the entirety of the 1997–98 season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Calgary's minor league affiliate, the Saint John Flames. He recorded a 2.46 goals against average (GAA) and a .926 save percentage in 31 games in his professional rookie season with Saint John. Giguère spent four seasons in the Flames organization, making brief 15- and 7-game appearances with Calgary in 1998–99 and 1999–00, respectively, while spending most of his time in the AHL.

Anaheim Ducks

On June 10, 2000, Giguère was traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for a 2nd round pick in 2000 (later traded to the Washington Capitals; Capitals selected Matt Pettinger). He began the 2000-01 season with the Mighty Ducks' farm team, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, until he was recalled from the AHL. Giguère regained the confidence he showed in junior and took over Dominic Roussel's backup position to starter Guy Hebert. Due to only brief stints in the NHL during his tenures with Hartford and Calgary, the 2000–01 season qualified as Giguère's rookie NHL season. He played in 34 games, posting a 2.57 GAA and .911 save percentage.

In the off-season, he was re-signed by the Mighty Ducks on August 17, 2001. Giguère continued to improve in 2001–02 in his first full season with the Ducks, recording a 2.13 GAA and .920 save percentage in 53 games, assuming the starting role. In the 2002–03 season, he posted his first winning season, with a 34-22-6 record, as well as a career-high eight shutouts.

2003 playoffs

Giguère's first winning season in the NHL helped the Mighty Ducks enter the 2003 playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference. He helped lead the team on a Cinderella run to their first Stanley Cup Finals in team history. Facing the defending Stanley Cup champions and second seeded Detroit Red Wings in the opening round, Giguère set an NHL record for most saves by a goaltender in their playoff debut with 63 in the Mighty Ducks' 2–1 triple overtime win in Game 1 (surpassing Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jiri Chra's mark by two saves). After sweeping Detroit in a four-game upset, the Ducks elimiated the Dallas Stars in six and swept the Minnesota Wild in the Conference Finals. Giguère held the Wild to an all-time best-of-7 series low of one goal in the entire series, which included a franchise record shutout streak of 217 minutes and 54 seconds (later surpassed by subsequent Ducks backup Ilya Bryzgalov in 2006).

Meeting the New Jersey Devils in the Finals, the Ducks were defeated in seven games. Giguère finished the playoffs undefeated in seven overtime games, setting a record for longest playoff overtime shutout streak at 168 minutes and 27 seconds. He finished with a 15-6 record overall, a 1.62 GAA and .945 save percentage, as well as fewer losses than his Finals counterpart Martin Brodeur. He was the fifth player to receive the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP as part of the losing team and the first since Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall won in 1987.

Giguère in action.

Post-Conn Smythe

Giguère's playoff MVP performance was rewarded in the off-season with a four-year contract extension, signed on September 10, 2003. However, his performance was inconsistent throughout much of the 2003-04 season as the Mighty Ducks missed the playoffs. He posted a losing 17-31-6 record and his GAA increased to 2.62. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Giguère went overseas to play for the Hamburg Freezers in Germanymarker.

Giguère returned to an improved Mighty Ducks squad as NHL play resumed in 2005–06. Anaheim returned to the playoffs and made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers. Giguère, however, appeared in just four games as Russian rookie backup Ilya Bryzgalov took over the starting position during the playoffs. Giguère missed the first game of the opening round against the Calgary Flames due to injury, but returned for games two through five. During Game 5, Giguère was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. Bryzgalov took over and subsequently reeled off three consecutive shutouts spanning the first and second rounds against Calgary and the Colorado Avalanche, tying an NHL playoff record and breaking Giguère's 2003 club record of consecutive playoff shutout minutes. However, Giguère was able to extend his overtime playoff shutout record to eight games in one of his four games.

Entering the final season of his contract in 2006–07, Giguère earned his starting role back. In the first month of the season, October 2006, he did not lose a single game in regulation. He proceeded to put up a career-high 36 wins in 56 games.

Prior to the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Giguère and his wife welcomed a newborn son, Maxime-Oliver. Giguere missed the Ducks last three regular season games as well as the first three games of the their opening round matchup with the Minnesota Wild, with Bryzgalov taking over in Giguère's absence. He returned late in the series and was the Ducks' starter the rest of the way. During the second round against the Vancouver Canucks, his eight-game overtime winning streak in the playoffs was snapped on April 27, 2007, in a 2–1 defeat in Game 2. Nevertheless, Giguère and the Ducks went on to eliminate the Canucks en route to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, where they won their first ever Stanley Cup championship in a 6-2 Game 5 win against the Ottawa Senators on June 6, 2007.

On June 21, 2007, the Ducks announced re-signing Giguère to a multi-year contract. Giguère posted a 35-17-6 record with a career-high 2.12 GAA in the 2007–08 season. Despite his numbers, the defending champion Ducks were defeated in the first round of the 2008 playoffs by the Dallas Stars in six games.

Giguère recorded sub-par numbers during the 2008–09 season, going 19-18-6 with a 3.10 goals against average, sharing an increased amount of playing time to his backup Jonas Hiller. This did not deter him from being voted into the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in his hometown of Montrealmarker. As Hiller outplayed Giguere throughout the season, however, he was chosen over Giguere to start during the 2009 playoffs. Giguère's only appearance for the Ducks in the playoffs was in relief of Hiller in the third period of Game 4 of the Ducks' second round series with the Detroit Red Wings, whom the Ducks would eventually fell to in seven games.

Giguère suffered a groin strain early in the 2009–10 season on October 24, 2009. With Hiller's continued emergence as a bona-fide starter, Giguère publicly told L.A. Daily News on November 10 that he "would rather retire than be a backup goalie," fuelling a goaltending controversy on the team. Losing his starting position to Hiller, he did not record his first win of the season until November 23 in a 3–2 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames.


  • Giguère and his wife Kristen have two sons, Maxime-Olivier, who was born with a deformed eye during the Ducks Stanley Cup Championship run, and Luka. Giguère missed the team's last three regular season games as well as the first three games of the team's quarter-final series against the Minnesota Wild shortly after becoming aware of his son's condition.

  • Giguère suffers from a rare gastric condition that causes his body to take in too much air when he drinks fluids. As a result, his body has difficulty absorbing water, with all the sweating he does during a game, thus leading to severe dehydration. This became the case when he was in the AHL during the 1997-98 season. During one game, he lost 19 pounds, became sick, and was rushed to the hospital. Team doctors in Calgary then discovered the condition that caused him to lose weight. Since then, he began drinking water from his bottle with a straw to reduce air intake. He and Steve Valiquette of the New York Rangers are the only NHL goalies to drink from a straw.


Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN G SO GAA SV%
1992–93 Laval QAAA 25 12 11 2 1498 76 0 3.04
1993–94 Verdun Collège Français QMJHL 25 13 5 2 1234 66 0 3.21
1994–95 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 47 14 27 5 2755 181 2 3.94
1995–96 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 55 26 23 2 3230 185 1 3.44
1996–97 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 50 28 19 3 3009 169 2 3.37 .902
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 8 1 4 0 394 24 0 3.65 .881
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 31 16 10 3 1758 72 2 2.46 .926
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 15 6 7 1 860 46 0 3.21 .897
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 39 18 16 3 2145 123 3 3.44 .905
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 41 17 17 3 2243 114 0 3.05 .897
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 7 1 3 1 330 15 0 2.73 .914
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 23 12 7 2 1306 53 0 2.43 .917
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 34 11 17 5 2031 87 4 2.57 .911
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 53 20 25 6 3127 111 4 2.13 .920
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 65 34 22 6 3775 145 8 2.30 .920
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 17 31 6 3210 140 3 2.62 .914
2004–05 Hamburg Freezers DEL 6 302 12 0 2.38 .925
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 60 30 15 11 3381 150 2 2.66 .911
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 56 36 10 8 3244 122 4 2.26 .918
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 58 35 17 6 3310 117 4 2.12 .922
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 46 19 18 6 2458 127 2 3.10 .900
NHL totals 457 210 169 25 31 26,123 1084 31 2.49 .914
AHL totals 134 63 50 11 7452 362 5 2.70
QMJHL totals 177 81 74 12 10228 601 5 3.39


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