After 16 NHL seasons, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship, former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is calling it a career. Giguere played his first three games with the Hartford Whalers in 1996-97.
Giguere, 37, announced Thursday he is retiring from the NHL, ending a career that saw him win 262 games in 597 regular-season contests. He made the announcement in Quebec with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team, where he is a part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise.
Edmonton traded Risto Siltanen and Brent Loney to Hartford, in exchange for Ken Linseman and Don Nachbaur. Philadelphia Flyers then traded Greg C. Adams, a 1st round draft pick in 1983 (David Jensen) and a 3rd round draft pick in 1983 (Leif Karlsson) to Hartford, in exchange for Mark Howe and a 3rd round draft pick in 1983 (Derrick Smith).
The Whalers begin a road trip with a tough match against the Oilers, who were at their peak.
In 1979 Mark Renaud is selected by the Whalers in the 5th round (102nd overall) of the '79 NHL Entry Draft.
In 1979 Ray Neufeld is selected by the Whalers in the 4th round (81st overall) of the '79 NHL Entry Draft. In 1979 Don Nachbaur is selected by the Whalers in the 3rd round (60th overall) of the '79 NHL Entry Draft.
In 1979 Stuart Smith is selected by the Whalers in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the '79 NHL Entry Draft. In 1979 Ray Allison is selected by the Whalers (their 1st NHL draft pick) in the 1st round (18th overall) of the '79 NHL Entry Draft.
In 1982 Archie Henderson signs a free agent contract.
In 2002, Al Smith passes away in Toronto, Canada.
In 1972 Al Smith signs a Whalers contract
In 1991, Darcy Regier and Claude Larose are named assistant coaches.
In 1992, Kevin McCarthy is named assistant coach.
In 1981, Ross Yates signs a free agent contract.
In 1977, Whalers (along with Edmonton, Houston, Cincinnati, Winnipeg and Quebec) formally apply for membership with the NHL.
In 1995, Ted Sator is named assistant coach replacing Ted Nolan.
In 1961 Torrie Robertson was born in Victoria, B.C.
In 1964 John Cullen was born in Puslinch, ONT