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Jordan Sigalet’s Life

from Shanda Deziel of Maclean's,

Jordan Sigalet played a total of 43 seconds in the NHL, and he has vivid memories of it.

On Jan. 7, 2006, the Boston Bruins were hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning and had called Sigalet up from the farm team to back up their main goalie, Andrew Raycroft. As had happened a few times before in Boston, Sigalet spent the night freezing cold, sitting on the bench. Yet, in the final minute, with the Bruins up 6-3, Raycroft sprained his ankle and couldn’t finish the game. Sigalet was given the nod. “I played 43 seconds and I didn’t even see a shot, but what an awesome experience,” says the New Westminster, B.C., native. “You can’t believe you’re hopping over the boards in front of 18,000 people in the Boston Gardens—a dream come true, especially after being told you might never play again.”

Three years earlier, when Sigalet was a junior at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (and had already been drafted by Boston), he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system. The promising goalie was told by doctors he likely wouldn’t be able to play hockey—after all, heat and stress are known to trigger MS episodes, and the disease’s symptoms of numbness and blurred vision were not exactly conducive to goaltending. “When I look back,” says Sigalet, “hearing those words lit a fire under me. I wanted to prove to myself that I could play. And for anyone who didn’t believe I could, I wanted to prove them wrong.”

Sigalet defied the odds, playing three years in the American Hockey League, those 43 seconds in the NHL and one year in Europe. At 36 years old, he is entering his fourth season as head goalie coach for the Calgary Flames. In recent years, when Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding and Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell announced they had been diagnosed with MS, Sigalet immediately reached out, letting them know the disease is by no means a life sentence.


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Video-The Goalie Coach Jordan Sigalet

A very moving feature by Scott Morrison of Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames were not supposed to be good this season. That they are in the playoff race can be attributed to hard work and great goaltending. A big reason for the play of the net minders falls on the shoulders of new goalie coach Jordan Sigalet.


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Jordan Sigalet Finds A New Career In Coaching

from Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald,

One moment Jordan Sigalet was standing in goal for the Providence, R.I., Bruins in an American Hockey League game against the Worcester, Mass., Sharks.

The next moment he was face down on the ice, motionless, with the team’s medical staff rushing to his side and anxious teammates gathering around. He would be taken away on a stretcher and would spend weeks in rehabilitation just to walk normally again.

Injuries are routine in a violent game such as hockey, but this was different. Sigalet had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years earlier and his fall in that 2007 game — he became too hot in his heavy goaltending gear, exacerbating his symptoms and causing his legs to buckle; he was knocked unconscious when his head hit the ice — was a cruel reminder that MS is a sly, insidious disease with no compassion and, as yet, no cure.

It is also the illness that effectively ended Sigalet’s playing career, although on that count at least there is a silver lining.


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Brothers Close But Apart

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.

They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.

“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.

read on

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