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Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retires from the NHL

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Longtime NHL goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere has decided to hang up his skates. The 37-year-old veteran announced on Thursday that he will be retiring after 16 NHL seasons.

Giguere played in 597 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche; winning 262. For his career, he has a 2.53 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

Giguere won a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in a losing effort for the Ducks in 2003, when they fell to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals. He finally hoisted the Cup in 2007, when the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators. He was also the last active player to have played for the Whalers.

Giguere has spent the last three seasons with the Avalanche, serving as the backup for Semyon Varlamov. In 22 games for the Avs last season, Giguere won 11 with a 2.62 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

"On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career,” said Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “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."

His playing career over, Giguere is expected to take a more active role with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the QMJHL team of which he is a part-owner. He is hoping to learn the executive side of hockey from team general manager Joel Bouchard.

"I want to learn from Joel. He has very good experience and reputation in the QMJHL," said Giguere during a French-language news conference with the Armada. "I'd like to see on a daily basis what it means to be a CEO, President, recruiter ... I think if you want to be a good [director] of hockey, you should know a bit about how things work."

Patrick Roy took a similar approach at the end of his playing career. Prior to accepting the job as the head coach of the Avalanche, he served as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL.