Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 2, 2011

Man of the Day 7/2: José Théodore

José Théodore

Born September 13, 1976 (age 34) in Laval, Quebec, Canada

Goaltender for the Florida Panthers

Théodore began to play major junior around the time that I (Emma) was entering preschool. Hooray age gaps! But that doesn’t matter; he’s made a name of himself on many different teams. He participated in the inaugural Heritage Classic in 2003 as a Canadien and wore a cozy hat over his goalie mask because it was just so cold. During the lockout, he enjoyed a brief stint on the Swedish team Djurgården, then returned to tend goal for the Canadiens, Avalanche, Capitals, Wild and now he’s off to Florida. What’s in a name? His father is of Macedonian descent while his mother is of Spanish descent.

In the 2010-11 season for the Minnesota Wild, he played in 32 games (15-11-3), of which one was a shutout. He had a 2.71 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Awards: Vezina (2002), Hart (2002), Saving Grace (2002), All-Star Game (2004), Masterson (2010)

Fun fact! He scored a goal in a game against the New York Islanders during his time with the Canadiens. How did he do this? It was the end of the third and the Islanders’ net was empty. As Theodore was clearing the zone, he sent the puck flying and no one was in the Islanders’ zone to clear it out of there, so  it just went right on in the net. See a slightly fuzzy video of it here.

No comment really needed here except to say 'LX' means 60, his number.

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