Stephane Fiset
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Stephane Fiset
Stéphane Fiset
Stephane Fiset - Los Angeles Kings.jpg
Fiset as a member of the Los Angeles Kings
Born (1970-06-17) June 17, 1970 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1988
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1990–2002

Stéphane Fiset (born June 17, 1970) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League and now coaches Thetford Mines in the QCHL.

Playing career

Fiset was drafted in the 2nd round, 24th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He played 34 minutes in 6 games in his rookie season with Quebec, playing behind Ron Tugnutt, as well as a host of other goalies who got time that season. Fiset got his first NHL victory on October 29, 1991 against the Winnipeg Jets in Le Colisee de Quebec, by a score of 7-2. Over the next few years, Fiset bounced from the NHL to the Nordiques' minor league affiliates, slowly gaining more and more time in net for the Nordiques. After the 1992-93 season, Ron Hextall was traded to the New York Islanders, opening the door for Fiset to be the starter. Fiset did not disappoint. Within two years, Quebec finished first in the Eastern Conference, during the shortened 1994-95 lockout season.

When Quebec moved to Colorado, the future looked bright for Fiset and the Avalanche. This soon changed. He split time with Jocelyn Thibault in the beginning of the season. However, when Patrick Roy was traded to Colorado from Montreal, Fiset became his backup. Fiset was a part of the 1996 Stanley Cup winning team, but was traded to the Los Angeles Kings a few days later. He was the Kings' first choice starter until the 1999-2000 season, where he split time with Jamie Storr. In the 2000-01 season a knee injury inflicted in a collision with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's Dan Bylsma kept him out of 25 games, followed by a second knee injury that kept him out for another 31 games, reducing Fiset to only 7 games played. After the Kings acquired Félix Potvin as insurance, he then effectively lost his starting position and although still hampered by his knees, was traded at the back end of the 2001-02 season to the Montreal Canadiens, but only played two games. With persistent health issues over the previous two years and loss of form Fiset announced his retirement on September 9, 2002.

International play

Fiset played in the 1989 Junior World Championships, as well as in 1990. In '89 Canada finished fourth, and Fiset was pulled in a 7-1 drubbing by the Soviet Union after giving up 6 goals. He followed this up in 1990 with a great showing. Team Canada had a gold medal finish and the IIHF Directorate Top Goalie Award. He played in 2 games (and won both of them) during Canada's 1994 gold medal victory.

Goalie masks

Fiset wore one of the most recognizable goalie masks in the history of the NHL. The design is an ice wall reminiscent of the Quebec Nordiques' igloo logo. The fleur-de-lis, the Nordiques alternate logo, was on each ear of the mask. When he played for the Los Angeles Kings, he also donned a memorable mask with the face of King Tut as it appeared on the Pharaoh's tomb.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1987-88 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 40 15 9 4 2221 46 1 3.94 .875 2 0 2 163 10 0 3.68 --
1988-89 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 43 25 14 3 2401 138 1 3.45 -- 12 9 2 711 33 0 2.78 --
1989-90 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 24 14 6 4 1383 63 1 2.73 -- 14 7 6 790 49 0 3.72 --
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 6 0 5 1 342 34 0 5.96 .829 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 36 10 15 8 1902 131 0 4.13 .874 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 0 2 1 186 12 0 3.87 .902 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 29 8 14 6 1675 110 3 3.94 .888 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 23 7 10 2 1133 71 1 3.76 .890 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 3 2 1 0 180 11 0 3.67 .892 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 37 18 9 4 1939 110 0 3.40 .884 1 0 0 21 1 0 2.86 .923
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .826 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 20 25 4 2798 158 2 3.39 .890 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 17 10 3 1879 87 2 2.78 .910 4 1 2 209 16 0 4.59 .878
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 22 6 7 2107 103 1 2.93 .898 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.000
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 13 24 5 2482 132 4 3.19 .906 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 26 25 8 3497 158 2 2.71 .909 2 0 2 93 7 0 4.52 .897
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 18 21 1 2403 104 3 2.60 .915 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 20 15 7 2592 119 1 2.75 .901 4 0 3 200 10 0 3.00 .898
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 3 1 0 2 190 9 0 2.84 .909 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 3 0 1 318 19 0 3.58 .853 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 23 7 7 6 1228 64 0 3.13 .902 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 0 109 7 0 3.85 .883 1 0 0 38 3 0 4.72 .842
NHL totals 390 164 153 44 21,785 1114 16 3.07 .899 14 1 7 562 37 0 3.95 .888

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1989 Canada WJC 6 3 2 0 329 18 0 3.28
1990 Canada WJC 7 5 1 1 420 18 1 2.57
1994 Canada WC 2 2 0 0 120 3 0 1.50
Junior int'l totals 13 8 3 1 749 36 1 2.88
Senior int'l totals 2 2 0 0 120 3 0 1.50

Awards

  • QMJHL First All-Star Team (1989),
  • Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1989),
  • WJC-A All-Star Team (1990)
  • Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1990)[1]
  • Stanley Cup Champion 1996

References

  1. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.521, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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