Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jocelyn Thibault
A native of Montreal, Quebec Thibault played in the Queve Midget AAA Hockey Leauge with the Laval Regents before starring in the QMJHL with the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs and Sherbrooke Faucons where he was named the CHL's Top Goaltender in 1993. He was claimed 10th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and was a solid back up to Stephane Fiset for two seasons.

The young backstopper remained with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado in 1995. His life changed dramatically when he was sent to Montreal as part of the package used to obtain Patrick Roy. Initially things went well for Thibault as he posted a 23-13-3 record as he helped the Habs reach the playoffs under coach Mario Tremblay. Thibault went on to play parts of four seasons with the Canadiens before being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-player deal that also involved veteran netminder Jeff Hackett.

Upon his arrival in Chicago, Thibault became a workhorse with the Hawks and had five straight seasons with at least 20 wins before suffering a season ending injury early into the 2003-04 season.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Thibault was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2005, after the Blackhawks had acquired Nikolai Khabibulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In Pittsburgh, Thibault backstopped the young netminder Marc Andre Fleury over two seasons while appearing in 38 games. In his first season with the Penguins, Thibault struggled to find his form, recording only one win in ten starts. The following season, Thibault appeared in 22 games and compiled a respectable record of 7-8-2 as the Penguins surged toward the latter half of season.

In the summer of 2007, the veteran goaltender signed a one-year contact with the Buffalo Sabres.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 Laval-Laurentides QAAA 20 14 5 0 1 3.94 5 2 3 0 0 4.00
1991-92 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 30 15 8 1 0 3.09 3 1 1 0 2.19
1992-93 Sherbrooke Faucons QMJHL 56 34 14 5 3 3.05 15 9 6 0 3.87
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 29 8 13 3 0 3.31
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 4 4 0 0 1 2.25
1994-95 Sherbrooke Faucons QMJHL 13 6 6 1 1 2.93
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 18 12 2 2 1 2.34 3 1 2 0 3.24
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 10 3 4 2 0 3.01
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 23 13 3 3 2.83 6 2 4 0 3.47
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 22 24 11 1 2.90 3 0 3 0 4.36
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 19 15 8 2 2.47 2 0 0 0 5.58
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 3 4 2 1 2.61
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 21 26 5 4 2.71
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 25 26 7 3 2.76
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 27 32 7 6 2.81
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 67 33 23 9 6 2.49 3 1 2 0 2.64
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 26 28 7 8 2.37
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 5 7 2 1 2.85
2004-05
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 1 9 3 0 4.46
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 7 8 2 1 2.83 1 0 0 0 0.00
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 3 4 2 2 3.31
NHL Totals 586 238 238 75 39 2.75 18 4 11 0 3.53


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1992)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1993)
QMJHL MVP (1993)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1993)
Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1993) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003)
Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Montreal by Colorado with Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Rucinsky for Patrick Roy and Mike Keane, December 6, 1995. Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Dave Manson and Brad Brown for Jeff Hackett, Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine and Tampa Bay's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Montreal selected Chris Dyment) in 1999 NHL Draft, November 16, 1998.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to hip injury suffered in practice, November 9, 2003. Traded to Pittsburgh by Chicago for Pittsburgh's 4th round pick (Ben Shutrion) in 2006 NHL Draft, August 10, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 5, 2007.
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