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Giguere hangs up mask after 16 seasons

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Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers takes a shot on Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game at Rexall Place on April 8, 2014 in Edmonton
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Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers takes a shot on Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game at Rexall Place on April 8, 2014 in Edmonton (AFP Photo/Derek Leung)

Denver (AFP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender with Anaheim in his 16 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement Thursday after spending last season as a reserve for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 37-year-old Montreal native won the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs even though his Anaheim squad lost to New Jersey in seven games, only the fifth time a player who failed to lift the Cup won the award.

Giguere would lead the Ducks to the title in 2007, defeating the Ottawa Senators in the championship series.

Last season, Giguere went 11-7 with a 2.62 goals-against average and two shutouts for the Central Division champion Avalanche. His farewell game was at Anaheim against the Ducks.

Giguere, a three-time NHL All-Star netminder, compiled a career record of 262-216 with 75 regulation draws and a 2.53 goals-against average and 38 shutouts in 597 games for Anaheim, Colorado, Toronto, Calgary and Hartford.

He retired as the final active NHL player who had taken the ice for the Hartford Whalers, who moved to Carolina in 1997 and became the Hurricanes.

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