February 19, 1981 |
New Westminster, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
|NHL Draft||209th overall, 2001
Sigalet ended the 2003 NCAA hockey season by playing his team's last game (a playoff loss) while feeling numbness across his entire body. Afraid that he would never be able to play hockey again, Sigalet had been feeling numbness for a period of time before that; only his family and a small number of people associated with his team knew about his problem.
His ordeal had begun on the nights of February 27 and 28 of that year, when he played against Northern Michigan University. Having stopped 66 shot attempts on both games combined, Sigalet woke up on the 29th feeling numbness in his left leg. Sigalet thought that he had somehow hurt his leg while sleeping, or, perhaps, that the numbness was a consequence of stopping so many puck shots in such a short time. But, later on during that day (the 29th), the numbness spread to his neck.
Sigalet, whose brother Jonathan also played on the Bowling Green hockey team, underwent a CT scan the next day. He was soon diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, based on the scan's result. Sigalet began treatment with injections and a special diet almost immediately. Bowling Green personnel announced that he would be missing some games, but Sigalet only missed one game. The general public, as well as the great majority of his teammates, believed Sigalet only had a flu, as the university he played for initially said.
In December 2004, Sigalet spoke publicly about his condition for the first time. Many fellow hockey players were inspired by him: the entire Nebraska-Omaha hockey team autographed a jersey and sent it to him. Players from University of Michigan and from Boston College also sent him signed items. In addition, he became the first goalie to hold the position of team captain at Bowling Green.
During the 2005 NCAA season, Sigalet has blocked 92 percent of the shots taken against him. Sports Illustrated magazine published an article about him on their August issue that year.
Sigalet is now an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Rhode Island chapter. Sigalet participated in a fundraiser supported by the Providence Bruins and pharmaceutical company Serono (maker of MS treatment Rebif) called "Sigalet Saves For MS" that donated 20 dollars for every save he made.
On Friday November 16, 2007, Sigalet, during a game with the Worcester Sharks, collapsed at the 9:12 mark of the third period. Freelance videotape showed him face down on the ice. The puck was on the opposite end of the rink. When he left the building, Sigalet was awake and conscious. Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes Sigalet's attack was caused by a combination of the renovations being done to the Dunkin Donuts Center and smoke and fireworks effects used by the Manchester Monarchs.
Awards and achievements
|All-CCHA First Team||2003-04|
|All-CCHA Second Team||2004-05|
|AHL Fred Hunt Memorial Trophy||2007–08|
- "Jordan Sigalet - Goaltending Coach". silvertipsgroups.com. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
|Awards and achievements|
|Terry Flanagan Memorial Award
|Perani Cup Champion