April 13 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: J.S. Giguere to Announce Retirement Next Week

Former Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere will announce his retirement from the NHL next week, according to multiple reports.

TSN first reported the news earlier today.

Giguere enjoyed a 17-year career in the NHL, nine of those in Anaheim with the Ducks. He also had stints with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.

With his retirement, Giguere becomes the last former Hartford Whaler to suit up in an NHL game. The Hartford Whalers drafted Giguere with the No. 13 overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Giguere only played eight games in a Whalers uniform before being traded to the Calgary Flames following the 1996-1997 season.

The Ducks acquired Giguere for a second-round pick in the summer of 2000. After splitting time with Guy Hebert for one season, Giguere took over the No. 1 goaltender title during the 2001-2002 season.

One season later, Giguere would lead the Ducks (then known as the Mighty Ducks) to the Stanley Cup Final in miraculous fashion. The seven-seeded Mighty Ducks swept the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the first round to stun the hockey world. Anaheim would then roll past the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

Despite his club falling to the New Jersey Devils to end the Cinderella run, Giguere was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He posted a 15-6 record with an astonishing 1.62 goals against average and a sparkling .945 save percentage.

Giguere and the Ducks would get a second chance as they returned to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. The Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to claim the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Giguere posted more marvelous postseason numbers, going 13-4 with a 1.97 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.

After nine years in Anaheim, Giguere was traded to the Toronto Maples Leafs on Jan. 31, 2010. He spent two years in Toronto before ending his career with the Colorado Avalanche.

Giguere, 37, finishes his career with a 262-216-75 record, 2.53 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 games.

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