Jocelyn Thibault

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Jocelyn Thibault
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Born (1975-01-12) January 12, 1975 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1993
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1993–2008

Joseph Régis Jocelyn Thibault (born January 12, 1975) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender.

Career[change | change source]

Before playing in the NHL, Thibault played 2 seasons with both the Trois-Rivières Draveurs and Sherbrooke Faucons of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1993 NHL draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He played two seasons with the Nordiques and then one season with the Colorado Avalanche when the Nordiques moved to Colorado. In 1995, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Martin Ručínský, and Andrei Kovalenko in exchange for Patrick Roy and Mike Keane. The trade was known as known in French as 'Le Trade' which was in reference to 1988's 'The Trade' of Wayne Gretzky.[1] He played 4 seasons with the Canadiens and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 16, 1998.[2] He played with the Blackhawks for 5 seasons and then was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round selection in 2006 draft on August 10, 2005.[3] He injured his hip and lost twelve of thirteen starts. He was replaced as the starter by Marc-André Fleury in late November and was then put on waivers.[4] The Buffalo Sabres signed Thibault as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2007 and he played as the backup to Ryan Miller for one season.[5] He was not re-signed afted the season and retired from professional hockey in 2008.

He was the winning goaltender of the last game at the Montreal Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens and the Capital Centre.

Personal life[change | change source]

He is married and has three daughters Noemie, Zoe and Annabel who all play hockey. Thibault and his family live in Sherbrooke, Quebec.[6]

He helped bring an expansion team in the QMJHL to Sherbrooke. The Sherbrooke Phoenix started playing during the 2012–13 season.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Looking back on 'Le Trade' 15 years later". Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  2. "Blackhawks And Canadiens Complete A 6-player Deal". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  3. "Thibault thrilled about trade to Penguins". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  4. "Penguins put Thibault on waivers". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  5. "Thibault to back up starting goalie Miller". ESPN. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  6. "Where are they now? Jocelyn Thibault". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  7. "QMJHL buys Maineiacs, dissolves team". Sun Journal. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 2013-10-18.

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