Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stephane Fiset
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Stephane Fiset entered his 13th NHL season with a great deal of uncertainty surrounding his career. The improved play of Jamie Storr and the acquisiton of Felix Potvin, left the veteran with very little playing time in 2000-01.

The native of Montreal Quebec was a standout on the city's Bourassa amteur club in 1986-87. He then moved on to play three years with the Victoriaville Tigres where posted the lowest goals against average in the QMJHL in 1989 and 1990. The young goalkeeper was chosen 24th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. In 1989 he earned a place on the QMJHL first all-star team and was voted Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year.

Fiset played for Canada at the 1989 World Junior Championships but the team finished a discouraging fourth. The young netminder's low point came when he was pulled after giving up six goals in a 7-2 loss to the Soviet Union. Fiset redeemed himself at the following year's tourney when led Canada to the gold medal, was voted on to the All-Star team and received the IIHF Directorate top goalie award.

Fiset spent two years with the AHL's Halifax Citadelles but received a bit of playing time in Quebec as well. He played 37 games in 1992-93 as Ron Hextall's backup when the Nordiques began to improve in the standings. Fiset became Quebec's first string backstopper in 1993-94 then led the team to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference standings during the Lockout-shortened 1995 season.

When the Quebec franchise relocated to Colorado, Fiset's rights were transfered. He began the 1995-96 season in tandem with youngster Jocelyn Thibault but was relegated to second string status following the acquisition of Patrick Roy. Fiset was on hand when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996 but welcomed a trade to the LA Kings a few days later. He became the undisputed first string netminder for his new team as it rebuilt during the post-Gretzky era. By 1999-2000 he began to split the netminding chores with Jamie Storr and the next year he saw reduced action especially after the team acquired Felix Potvin.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1986-87 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 30 8 21 1 0 5.51
1987-88 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 40 15 19 4 1 3.95 2 0 2 0 3.68
1988-89 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 43 25 14 1 1 3.45 12 9 2 0 2.79
1988-89 Canada WJC-A 6 3 2 1 0 3.28
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 6 0 5 1 0 5.96
1989-90 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 24 14 6 3 1 2.71 14 7 6 0 3.72
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 5 1 1 1 2.57
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 0 2 1 0 3.87
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 36 10 15 8 0 4.13
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 23 7 10 2 1 3.76
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 29 8 14 6 3 3.94
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 37 18 9 4 0 3.40 1 0 0 0 2.86
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 3 2 1 0 0 3.67
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 20 25 4 2 3.39
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1993-94 Canada WC-A 2 2 0 0 0 1.50
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 17 10 3 2 2.78 4 1 2 0 4.59
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 22 6 7 1 2.93 1 0 0 0 0.00
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 13 24 5 4 3.19
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 26 25 8 2 2.71 2 0 2 0 4.52
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 18 21 1 3 2.60
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 20 15 7 1 2.75 4 0 3 0 3.00
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 3 0 1 0 3.58 1 0 0 0 0.00
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 3 1 0 2 0 2.84
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 23 7 7 6 0 3.13
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 0 0 3.85 1 0 0 0 4.74
NHL Totals 390 164 153 44 16 3.06 14 1 7 0 3.94


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1989)
Canadian Major Junior - Goaltender of the Year (1989)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1990)
WJC-A - Best Goaltender (1990)
Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Colorado with Colorado's 1st round pick (Mathieu Biron) in 1998 NHL Draft for Eric Lacroix and Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Martin Skoula) in 1998 NHL Draft, June 20, 1996.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury suffered in exhibition game vs. Anaheim, September 22, 2000.
Played 12 seconds of playoff game vs. Colorado, April 28, 2001. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles for future considerations, March 19, 2002.
Officially announced his retirement, September 9, 2002.
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