André Racicot

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André Racicot
Born (1969-06-09) June 9, 1969 (age 45)
Rouyn-Noranda, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 1989
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1989–2004

André Racicot, Jr.,[1] nicknamed "Red Light" (born June 9, 1969 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) is a retired ice hockey goaltender.

Racicot started his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Montreal Canadiens, for whom he played from 1989 to 1993, and won a Stanley Cup in 1993.

Racicot is perhaps unfairly best remembered for his infamous nickname, "Red Light" (although not the original owner of the name as it was originally given to former Maple Leafs netminder Ken Wregget) earned by allowing three goals on six shots in a 10-5 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 1992.[2] The nickname was first used by Don Cherry in 1991, although Racicot had the NHL's second-highest winning percentage that season and a slightly worse goals against average than Patrick Roy. While he spent most of his career playing as Roy's backup, he had a very successful career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Canadiens' farm teams, sharing the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for fewest goals allowed in the AHL in 1990.

Racicot left the NHL after the 1994 season, spending several seasons with various teams in the AHL, International Hockey League, and East Coast Hockey League. The 1999–2000 season saw Racicot move to Russia, playing in 20 games with HC Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik before returning to North America for another five seasons of minor-pro hockey. He retired as a player in 2004.

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