Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold has announced that former New York Rangers goalie Steve Valiquette has been added to the Bobcats' coaching staff as the team's volunteer goalie coach. Valiquette joins the Bobcats after a 15-year professional playing career that included eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL).
"Steve Valiquette is an excellent addition to our coaching staff," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "He has character, a phenomenal work ethic and a great understanding of what it takes to be successful in the NHL. His NHL experience will be a major asset to our players."
Valiquette, a native of Etobicoke, Ontario, brings extensive playing experience to Hamden. Valiquette has appeared in 46 NHL games, posting a 14-14-3 career record with a 2.36 goals-against average. In addition to the Rangers, Valiquette also suited up for the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers. Valiquette was an eighth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1996 NHL Draft. Valiquette made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 2000, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
Valiquette was traded from Edmonton to the Islanders in 2004 before signing with the Rangers in 2006. In 2008, Valiquette posted back-to-back shutouts against Philadelphia. In 2009, he made his NHL playoff game debut in Games 5 and 6 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals, holding them scoreless in the third period of each game.
He also played over 200 career games in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Providence (R.I.) Bruins, Lowell (Mass.) Lock Monsters, Springfield (Mass.) Falcons, Bridgeport (Conn.) Sound Tigers, Toronto Roadrunners, and Hartford (Conn.) Wolf Pack while also playing last season in the KHL for CSKA Moscow.