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JOCELYN THIBAULT (1995-1999)

Jocelyn
Thibault

1952-1963
Position G
Catch L
Weight 169lbs
Height 5'11"
Date of birth January 12th, 1975
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 4
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 158 8913 67 56 24 0 406 7 2.73
1995-1996 40 2334 23 13 3 0 110 3 2.83
1996-1997 61 3397 22 24 11 0 164 1 2.90
1997-1998 47 2652 19 15 8 0 109 2 2.47
1998-1999 10 529 3 4 2 0 23 1 2.61
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 11 533 2 7 0 35 0 3.94
1995-1996 6 311 2 4 0 18 0 3.47
1996-1997 3 179 0 3 0 13 0 4.36
1997-1998 2 43 0 0 0 4 0 5.53

NAMED THE CANADIENS’ STARTING GOALTENDER AT JUST 20-YEARS-OLD, JOCELYN THIBAULT RECORDED ALMOST 20 WINS IN EACH OF HIS FIRST THREE SEASONS IN MONTREAL.

After moving with the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado in the summer of 1995, goalie Jocelyn Thibault was barely able to settle into his new surroundings before he was on his way back to the province of Quebec as part of the historic trade that saw Patrick Roy leave Montreal to join the Avalanche.

Thibault led the Sherbrooke Castors to the QMJHL Final in 1993 and was named Canada’s top junior goalie as well as his team’s MVP.

His prowess in junior paid off when the Nordiques made the young Montrealer their first choice in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, selecting him 10th overall. Thibault made his NHL debut that fall, becoming the league’s first 18-year-old goalie since Buffalo’s Tom Barrasso in 1983. He appeared in 29 games as Stephane Fiset’s backup with Quebec in 1993-94, his first professional season, and played in 18 more the following year.

In December 1995, Thibault and teammates Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Rucinsky were dealt to Montreal in exchange for Roy and Mike Keane.

Replacing Patrick Roy in Montreal was no easy task, yet Thibault got off to a good start with the Canadiens. He posted 23 wins in 40 starts and maintained a .913 save percentage in 1995-96. As would be the case for the rest of the team, though, things got tougher the following season.

After an up-and-down 1996-97 campaign, Thibault was traded to Chicago on November 16, 1998 along with Brad Brown and Dave Manson in exchange for Eric Weinrich, Jeff Hackett and Alain Nasreddine.

In 158 games with Montreal, Thibault had a 67-56-24 record and seven shutouts. He also enjoyed the honor of being the Canadiens’ goalie in the last game ever played at the Forum on March 11, 1996, as well as starting the first game at the Molson Centre, which subsequently became the Bell Centre.

Thibault saw plenty of playing time over the course of the next five seasons with Chicago, taking part in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. Unfortunately, an injury brought an early end to his season in 2003-04. He spent the two seasons following the lockout with the Pittsburgh Penguins before joining the Buffalo Sabres in the summer of 2007.