60 Jose Theodore
2007-2008 Twelfth Season
Reebok Edge. Set 4 (Edge 2.0). Neck tagging 58 (Goalie).
NHL-MGG No. E08674
This jersey is from the third team set of the new Reebok "Edge" jerseys. This is the first set of jerseys that had corrections made to the original Reebok Edge design that was plagued with design problems. In this set, the techno, water repellent fabric has been replaced in some panels with traditional airknit material, including the body and the lycra-like panels in the sleeves. The fit has also been altered a bit to provide a little more room for the players. While the initial jersey is interesting, this seems to be a much better adaptation of the design.
This jersey shows decent wear, but because it's a burgundy jersey the marks do not jump out. While it does not show an abundance of marks, the ones it does have are fairly prominent. Both sleeves show some marks, with a larger black one on the upper left sleeve and a mark visible in the right sleeve numbers. The crest has several very dark marks which have been photo-matched to a number of game photos.
The MeiGray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the MGG LOA. This season's serial numbers begin with a "E" to designate MeiGray's fifth year as the marketing agency for Colorado's game jerseys.
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Born in Laval, Quebec, Jose Theodore played with the Richelieu Riverains in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey Leauge. In 1992-93, he joined the QMJHL's St-Jean Lynx and played there for parts of three years. He was selected 44th overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft then spent the better part of the 1994-95 season with the Hull Olympiques. During the 1994-95 season, he led the league 32 wins and helped his club reach the Memorial Cup tournament.
A member of Canada's Gold Medal World Junior team in 1996 and the tournament's Top Goaltender, Theodore split his first four professional seasons with Montreal and Fredericton of the AHL. He made 30 appearances in 1999-00 and recorded five shutouts with an impressive 2.10 goals against average and was a member of Canada's World Championship team where he was named to the Second All-Star Team.
During the 2000-01 season, Theodore became a workhorse for the Canadiens after a season-ending injury to Jeff Hackett and became the team's number one netminder the following year. The 2001-02 season was a dream season for the Laval, QC native leading the Habs to their first playoff appearance in four years and capturing numerous awards including the George Vezina Trophy as Top Goaltender and the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player.
Coming off a career year in 2001-02, Theodore and the Canadiens struggled the in 2002-03, missing the post season, yet rebounbing in 2003-04 with a career high 33 wins, and was subsequently named to Canada's entry in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Following a lock-out year in 2004-05, Theodore struggled with the Habs in 2005-06 and just prior to the NHL trading deadline was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for netminder David Aebischer.
In his first full season in Colorado, Theodore struggled and posted a 13-15-1 record with a 3.26 GAA. He rebounded in 2007-08 and toward the end of the season was dominant in leading the Avalanche back into the playoff picture. Despite their turnaround, the Avs were quickly defeated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings that year and Theodore became an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
On July 1, 2008, Theodore signed a two year nine million dollar contract with the Washington Capitals.
During the 2009-10 season, Theodore pledged money to the Saves for Kids program, which benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's National Medical Center, for each save, win and shutout he recorded. When the season was over he was able to present the program with a cheque worth $35,000. For his efforts he was awarded the Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey.
On October 1, 2010, he signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. Theodore would spend just one season in Minnesota, posting 15 wins and a solid 2.71 goals-against-average.
In the summer of 2011, again an unrestricted free agent, Theodore signed on with the Florida Panthers.
Born: September 13, 1976 - Laval, PQ, Canada
5-11, 181 lbs.
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 2 #44 overall 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Scored a goal vs. NY Islanders, January 2, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), December 20, 2004. Traded to Colorado by Montreal for David Aebischer, March 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, October 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2011
- QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
- WJC-A All-Star Team (1996)
- Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1996)
- NHL Second All-Star Team (2002)
- MBNA Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (2002)
- Vezina Trophy (2002)
- Hart Memorial Trophy (2002)
- Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2010)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002, 2004)