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Sakic on Giguere: ‘His achievements speak for themselves’

Aug 21, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

Jean-Sebastien Giguere AP

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made his retirement from the NHL official on Thursday.

After 16 seasons in the NHL that spanned from playing for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and ultimately the Colorado Avalanche – calling it quits at the age of 37 is just fine. He ends his career with 262 career wins, a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 and a Stanley Cup in 2007.

Colorado Avalanche president of hockey operations Joe Sakic had this to say about Giguere riding off into the sunset:

“On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career.  His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender.  He was also a very important part of our team during the past three seasons, providing veteran leadership and stability in net.  We wish him and his family the best of luck.”

After being a first-round pick by the Whalers in 1995 (13th overall), he managed to have quite the career and was the face of a Ducks team for nine seasons backstopping them to two Stanley Cup Final appearances. Getting to have a Hockey Hall of Famer like Sakic to say some nice parting words upon retirement makes for a pretty nice gift.

  1. lowenni - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    As classy as they come. Last season when Teemu Selanne grabbed him during his last regular season game and they skated around the ice together was one of my favorite hockey moments in a long time. The fact that Giguere won a conn Smythe trophy while on a losing team speaks for itself. Class act, great leader, and great player, who accepted his role as a mentor as his career came to an end exceptionally well. Was never a big name, but the hockey world will definitely miss him.

    • avscup - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Pretty much sums it up Lowenni! Great guy, class act! Thanks for helping the Avs!

  2. therealbigben - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Wish he woulda had a shot at starting more his last few years. Wanted to see him reach 300 wins. Bought his jersey after that Conn Smyth run in 2003. Those playoffs games were epic, remember a 5OT game in there, and some crazy shutout streak he had. Enjoy retirement Jiggy, thanks for the memories!! (Taps stick on boards in appreciation)

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I still have nightmares of the 03 playoffs.

  4. fortwaynekomets - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    I have no nightmares of the 2003 playoffs because Jiggy got them there and won the Conn Smythe. It would haunt me however if he didn’t lead Anaheim to the first California team to ever win the Stanley Cup! Jiggy and Sellane’s victory lap was won of the most awesome moments in sports history, let alone hockey. Amazing class and what a way for both guys to go out.

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