April 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) skates with Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) following the Ducks 3-2 victory in he overtime period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jean-Sebastien Giguere retires from NHL

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Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement from the NHL Thursday after 16 seasons where he won 282 games as well as a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe trophy.

“His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender,” team executive Joe Sakic said in a statement. “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.”

Giguere, 37, played with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche in his last five seasons but is most well known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks where he guided them to the Stanley Cup twice and won in 2007. Giguere won the Conn Smythe trophy for the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003 with the Ducks. He’s one of five players that have ever been given the Conn Smythe Trophy despite losing in the Stanley Cup finals.

Giguere played in the last three season in a backup role for the Avalanche.

He played in 597 regular season games and faced 16,325 shots in 33,719 minutes. He finished his career with a 2.53 goals-against average and 38 shutouts and went 33-17 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage in 52 playoff games.



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