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Steve Valiquette
Steve Valiquette
Goaltender
(val-ih-KEHT)
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 210
Catches: Left
Born: Aug 20, 1977
Birthplace: Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Hometown: Bolton, Ontario
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2006.
Drafted: LAK / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (190th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2008-09:
Appeared in 15 games with the Rangers, posting a 5-5-2 record, along with a 2.84 goals against average, a.907 save percentage and one shutout. ... Tallied his first NHL assist, on the power play, Mar. 26 at Atlanta. ... Made a season-high, 39 saves in a 3-2 win on Dec. 17 at Los Angeles. .. Turned aside 25 shots on Oct. 11 at Philadelphia to record his 10th career win. 2007-08: Appeared in 13 contests with the Rangers, registering a 5-3-3 record, along with a 2.19 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts ... Stopped 17 shots and turned aside two of two shootout attempts after replacing Henrik Lundqvist in the second period of a 5-4 win vs. the Flyers on Mar. 2; His shutout streak of 157:45 vs. Philadelphia ended at 11:49 of the third period ... Made 21 saves on Feb. 10 at Washington, starting in consecutive games for the first time this season; His career-high, 124:58 shutout streak dating back to Jan. 3 at Vancouver ended at 2:28 of the first period ... Turned aside 31 shots in a 2-0 win at Philadelphia on Feb. 9, posting his second consecutive shutout ... Stopped 20 shots in a 4-0 win at Philadelphia on Jan. 31 to record his first career shutout ... Made 33 saves and stopped four of five shots in the shootout in a 3-2 loss on Nov. 23 at Florida ... Turned aside 32 shots in regulation/overtime and two of two in the shootout in his season debut, notching his first victory of the season in a 3-2 win, on Nov. 10 at Toronto. 2006-07: Appeared in three games with the Rangers, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.13 goals against average and an .867 save percentage … In a 3-2 shootout win on Mar. 3 vs. St. Louis, stopped 25 shots in regulation/overtime and turned aside two of four in the shootout (Second Star); Marked his first NHL win since Mar. 27, 2004 at Philadelphia (NYR 3, PHI 1) and marked his first career appearance in an NHL shootout … Turned aside his first career penalty shot at 3:28 of the third period (Dmitry Afanasenkov) on Feb. 17 vs. Philadelphia; Marked his first NHL appearance since March 30, 2004 at New Jersey (L 0-5) … Recalled by the Rangers from Hartford (AHL) on Feb. 14. ... Dressed as Henrik Lundqvist's backup for each of the Rangers 10 post-season games.  2003-04: In one game with Edmonton, posted a 8.57 goals against average ... Played in two games with the Rangers, posting a 1-1 record, along with a 3.03 goals against average ... Made 38 saves in his Rangers debut on Mar. 27, in a 3-1 victory at Philadelphia. 1999-00: Played in six games with the Islanders, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.87 goals against average.

AHL CAREER
Appeared in 197 career games with the Lowell Devils, Providence Bruins, Springfield Falcons, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), compiling a 93-76-12 record along with a 2.47 goals against average. 1998-99: Appeared in one game for Lowell, posting a 0-1-0 record, along with a 3.05 goals against average. 1999-00: In 14 games with Lowell, posted an 8-5-0 record, along with a 2.97 goals against average ... Also skated in one game with Providence, posting a 1-0-0 record, along with a 3.00 goals against average. 2000-01: Posted a 7-10-1 record, along with 3.04 goals against average in 20 games with Springfield. 2001-02: Skated in 20 games with Bridgeport, posting a 10-5-1 record, along with 2.52 goals against average ... Posted a 3.30 goals against average in one postseason appearance. 2002-03: Skated in 34 games with Bridgeport, posting a 15-14-3 record, along with 2.63 goals against average ... In four playoff games, posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.13 goals against average. 2003-04: Posted a 14-14-5 record, along with a 2.59 goals against average in 35 games with Toronto ... Skated in seven games with the Wolf Pack, posting a 2-4-1 record, along with a 2.25 goals against average ... Also appeared in one postseason contest for the Wolf Pack. 2004-05: Skated in 35 contests with the Wolf Pack, posting a 19-11-1 record, along with a 1.77 goals against average ... Shared Harry “Hap” Holmes Award (lowest team goals-against total) with Jason LaBarbera...Became second goaltender in Wolf Pack history (Milan Hnilicka in 1999-00) to lead AHL in goals against average ... Finished just ahead of Jason LaBarbera in goals against average, becoming the first teammates since 1989-90 to end the regular season 1-2 in the league in the category ... Finished second among AHL goaltenders in regular-season save percentage (.935) ... His seven regular season shutouts tied him for fourth in AHL ... Compiled a shutout streak of 221:50 from Jan. 14 to Jan. 28 ... Became the first Wolf Pack goaltender to register three straight shutouts, with 22 saves in 1-0 shootout victory on Jan. 26 at Norfolk ... Appeared in two playoff games with the Wolf Pack, posting a 1-1-0 record, along with a 2.03 goals against average. 2006-07: In 30 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, posted a 17-12-0 record, along with a 2.34 goals against average and a .909 save percentage ... At the time of his recall, ranked sixth with a 2.34 goals against average and was tied for seventh with 17 wins and two shutouts among AHL goaltending leaders ... In his last 10 games with Hartford from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10, recorded seven wins, along with a 2.21 goals against average and a .912 save percentage ... Stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season and was named the game’s First Star in a 3-0 win on Dec. 2 vs. Manchester ... Dressed as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup for each of the Rangers 10 post-season games.

ECHL CAREER
Appeared in 46 career games with the Dayton Bombers, Hampton Roads Admirals and Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), posting a 24-13-4 and a 3.03 goals against average. 1996-97: In three games with Dayton, posted a 1-0-0 record, along with a 4.03 goals against average ... Skated in two playoff games, posting a 1-1-0 record, along with a 2.54 goals against average. 1998-99: Posted a 18-7-3 record, along with a 2.94 goals against average in 31 games with Hampton Roads ... Also appeared in two playoff games with Hampton Roads, posting a 0-1-0 record. 1999-00: Appeared in 12 games with Trenton, registering a 5-6-1 record, along with a 3.12 goals against average.

EUROPEAN CAREER
Appeared in 45 games with the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Russian League, posting a 1.95 goals against average along with a .922 save percentage ... Ranked fifth in the league in goals against average (1.95) ... Recorded four shutouts on the season ... Appeared in eight postseason games with the Lokomotiv, recording a 3.01 goals against average.

JUNIOR CAREER
Appeared in 146 career games with the Sudbury Wolves and Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), posting a 57-59-13 record, along with a 3.86 goals against average. 1994-95: Posted a record of 2-0-0 in four games with the Sudbury Wolves. 1995-96: Appeared in 39 matches with the Wolves, recording a mark of 13-16-2, along with a 3.91 goals against average. 1996-97: In 61 games for the Wolves, earned a 21-29-7 record ... Led the OHL in games-played (61). 1997-98: Skated in 14 games with the Wolves, registering a 5-7-1 record as well as a 3.72 goals against average ... Also appeared in 28 matches for the Erie Otters, posting a 16-7-3 record, along with a 2.56 goals against average ... Posted a 3-4-0 record, along with a 1.93 goals against average in seven playoff contests with the Otters.

BACKGROUND
Was the tallest goaltender in NHL history to ever play a game at the time of his debut on Mar. 9, 2000 at Phoenix.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 22, 1996 – The Los Angeles Kings’ eighth round choice, 190th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Aug. 18, 1998 - Signed as free agent with the New York Islanders. July 20, 2003 – Signed as free agent with the Edmonton Oilers. Oct. 3, 2003 – Claimed by Florida Panthers in NHL Waiver Draft from Edmonton. Oct. 9, 2003 – Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Florida. Mar. 3, 2004 – Traded to the Rangers from Edmonton, along with Dwight Helminen and a 2004 second round draft choice (Dane Byers), in exchange for Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen.

LONGEST WIN STREAK: 3, Mar. 16, 2000 – Mar. 27, 2004

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 5 (3-0-2), Jan. 31, 2008 - Mar. 21, 2008

LONGEST SHUTOUT STREAK: 124:58, Jan. 31, 2008 - Feb. 10, 2008

MOST SHOTS FACED, GAME: 46, Apr. 6, 2000 at OTT

FIRST NHL GAME: Mar. 9, 2000 at PHX

FIRST NHL SHUTOUT: Jan. 31, 2008 at PHI (4-0)