Steve Valiquette

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Steve Valiquette
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Valiquette as a member of the New York Rangers in 2007
Born (1977-08-20) August 20, 1977 (age 37)
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for
NHL Draft 190th overall, 1996
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2000–2012

Stephen Valiquette (born August 20, 1977) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for HC Valpellice of the Serie A Italian league. Valiquette played 46 games in the National Hockey League, before finishing his playing career in Europe.[1]

Professional career[edit]

While playing junior hockey for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Valiquette was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft in the eighth round.[1] Playing two more season in the OHL with the Wolves and the Erie Otters, Valiquette never actually played for the Kings organization, and in 1998, now a free agent, signed with the New York Islanders.[2] Valiquette played in six NHL games for the Islanders in 1999-2000, but otherwise played for a variety of teams in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and American Hockey League (AHL) through 2003. When Valiquette made his playing debut in 2000, he was the tallest goaltender[3] to ever play a game in the NHL at 6-foot-6.[4] Ben Bishop, standing 6-foot-7, has since surpassed Valiquette as the tallest NHL goaltender.[5]

In July 2003, Valiquette signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers.[2] Three months later, he was claimed on waivers by the Florida Panthers in the NHL waiver draft on October 3, 2003. Six days later he was claimed back by the Edmonton Oilers. He appeared in one game with Edmonton and played 14 minutes. Valiquette spent the balance of the 2003–04 season with the Toronto Roadrunners of the AHL, playing in 35 games.

On March 3, 2004, Valiquette was traded by the Oilers, along with forward Dwight Helminen and a second-round selection in the 2004 draft to the New York Rangers for center Petr Nedvěd and goaltender Jussi Markkanen.[2] Valiquette spent the 2004–05 season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the NHL lockout. That season, he and teammate Jason LaBarbera shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award, awarded to the goalie (or goalies) with the league's lowest team goals against average.[6] In fact, Valiquette owned the league's lowest goals against average with 1.77.[7] He then signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Superleague on April 26, 2005.[2]

In July 2006, the Rangers brought Valiquette back, and re-signed him.[2] On March 3, 2007, he won his first game in the NHL in almost three years.[8] With the departure of starting goalie Kevin Weekes to the New Jersey Devils, in July 2007, Valiquette became the back-up to Henrik Lundqvist.[9] On January 31, 2008, against the Philadelphia Flyers, Valiquette recorded the first shutout of his NHL career, as the Rangers won 4-0.[10] Ten days later, on February 9, he would record his second consecutive shotout in a 2–0 win, also against the Flyers.[11] On February 6, 2009, he let 10 goals in a single game against the Dallas Stars,[12] a league worst for the season.

Valiquette appeared in his first career NHL playoff games with the Rangers during the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals when he relieved starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the third period of games five and six, playing 40 minutes and allowing no goals on nine shots.[13][14] Over the span of five seasons with the Rangers, Valiquette recorded 14 wins, 4 of them as shutouts.[1] Shortly after what would prove to be his final NHL game, an 8-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, in which he gave up all 8 goals, Valiquette was put on waivers, and subsequently sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack, in an effort to restore his game.[15] He did not play for the Rangers again, and on July 15 Valiquette signed with the KHL side HC CSKA Moscow, [16] who bought out his contract after one season.[17]

During the summer of 2011, Valiquette turned down an offer to return to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, due to a lack of guaranteed playing time; this proved fortunate for him, in light of the catastrophic crash of the team's airplane.[17] Unsigned and not playing, it was announced in November 2011 that Valiquette, who runs a goalie school of his own, was taking a position at Quinnipiac University as the volunteer goalie coach for the men's NCAA team.[18] However, a couple of days later, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for whom Valiquette had played while in the Islanders' system, put out a call for an emergency backup, as they were shorthanded due to injuries with their Islanders parent club.[17] Ultimately, Valiquette wound up not having to play for the Sound Tigers, and moved on to play for HC Vapellice of the Italian Serie A league, which in 14 games, he led in save percentage and goals against average.[19][20] After his season at HC Vapellice, Valiquette signed with Swedish club Djurgårdens of the HockeyAllsvenskan league,[21] but instead retired due to injury.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.05 0.885
1999–2000 New York Islanders NHL 6 2 0 0 193 6 0 1.87 0.949
1999–2000 Trenton Titans ECHL 12 5 6 1 692 36 1 3.12 0.902
1999–2000 Providence Bruins AHL 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 0.927
1999–2000 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 14 8 5 0 727 36 0 2.97 0.901
2000–01 Springfield Falcons AHL 20 7 10 1 1066 54 0 3.04 0.907
2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 20 10 5 1 1071 45 2 2.52 0.923
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 34 15 14 3 1962 86 2 2.63 0.912
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 13 2 0 9.23 0.714
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 35 14 14 5 2064 89 2 2.59 0.913
2003–04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 7 2 4 1 400 15 1 2.25 0.928
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 1 0 119 6 0 3.03 0.915
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 35
2005–06 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv RSL 45 2734 89 4 1.95 0.923
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 3 1 2 0 115 6 0 3.14 0.867
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 30 17 12 0 1694 66 6 2.34 0.909
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 13 5 3 3 686 25 2 2.19 0.916
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 15 5 5 2 823 39 1 2.84 0.907
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 6 2 3 1 305 19 1 3.74 0.852
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 4 5 1 547 34 0 3.73 0.877
2010–11 CSKA Moscow KHL 35 9 16 5 1897 93 2 2.94 0.897
2011-12 HC Valpellice Serie A 15 10 5 0 914 32 2 2.10 0.940
NHL totals 46 14 14 3 2 2061 97 4 2.36 8.100
AHL totals 213 99 101 13 9319 487 16 2.65 0.824
ECHL totals 12 5 6 1 692 36 1 3.12 0.902
KHL totals 35 9 16 5 1897 93 2 2.94 0.897

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL - - - - - - - -
1999–2000 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL - - - - - - - -
2000–01 Springfield Falcons AHL - - - - - - - -
2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 2.13 .931
2003–04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 1 1.65 .934
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 2
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL - - - - - - - -
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL - - - - - - - -
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL - - - - - - - -
2010–11 CSKA Moscow KHL - - - - - - - -
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KHL totals - - - - - - -

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Zinser, Lynn (4 March 2007). "Lundqvist Gets Rest, and Backup Saves Rangers". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Brooks, Larry (2009-01-17). "Lundqvist understudy could become best No. 2 goalie in Rangers history". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  10. ^ Zinser, Lynn (1 February 2008). "Rangers Help Valiquette Claim First N.H.L. Shutout". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Maaddi, Rob (2008-02-09). "NY Rangers 2, Philadelphia 0". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 2 Stars 10". ESPN.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Zipay, Steve (2009-04-25). "Capitals blank Rangers, cut deficit to 3-2". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  14. ^ Zipay, Steve (2009-04-26). "Rangers pushed to the brink after losing Game 6". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  15. ^ Botte, Peter (3 December 2009). "New York Rangers put backup goalie Steve Valiquette on waivers, acquire Anaheim's Erik Christensen". New York Daily News. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Lundqvists backup väljer KHL". HockeySverige. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  17. ^ a b c Berlett, Bruce (20 November 2011). "Former Wolf Pack Valiquette Returns to Ice". Connecticut Whale. 
  18. ^ a b "Valiquette Joins Bobcats Staff". ECAC Hockey. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Steve Valiquette Calls it a Career". OHL Alumni Central. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Statistics Serie A 2011-2012". Euro Hockey.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sound Tigers notebook: Gallant back, Valiquette retires". ctpost.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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