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Hall of Fame, Class of 2019 | STÉPHANE FISET

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In 1987, the Longueuil Chevaliers selected goaltender Stéphane Fiset in the first round of the QMJHL draft. The Montreal-Bourassa Canadiens prospect (Midget AAA) did not suspect that his new team would be transferred to Victoriaville just before the beginning of the 1987-88 season.

Very early on in his career, he impressed head coach Guy Chouinard as well as QMJHL brass who named him to the 3rd All-Star Team.

After being selected in the 2nd round by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, he was named Goaltender of the Year in both the QMJHL and the Canadian Hockey League by posting a 3.45 goals-against-average. That same season, he defended the net for Canada’s National Junior team, which finished in 4th place at the 1989 World Junior Hockey Championship. A year later, he helped Team Canada capture a gold medal. His outstanding 2.57 goals-against average earned him a place on the tournament all-star team.

In September of 1989, four months after extraordinary performances in the playoffs and a heartbreaking setback in the 7th game of the QMJHL President Cup final, he started the season with the Nordiques in Quebec City. Wisely, he was returned to complete his major junior internship with the Tigres as a 19 year-old. In the spring of 1990, for a second consecutive year against the Laval Titan, his team lost in the League final.

Stéphane Fiset played 136 games for the Tigres, collecting 70 wins, including playoffs, with a 3.43 goals-against-average and .890 save percentage. Fiset was the cornerstone of a team that captured the Jean-Rougeau Trophy as regular season champions in 1989-90.

After a season and a half with Halifax in the American Hockey League, he joined the Nordiques for good in January of 1992. He improved greatly in his first few seasons in Quebec as did the Nordiques who would become the Avalanche with which he won the Stanley Cup in Denver in 1995.

However, in the summer of 1996, Fiset was traded to Los Angeles.

Overall, Fiset played for four NHL teams, including the Montreal Canadiens towards end of his career in 2001-02. In 365 games, he won 164 times and posted a 3.07 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage.

After his playing days, he became a player agent under Don Meehan. He lives in his adopted town of Victoriaville, while devoting himself to his new passion as a hockey coach with Les Filons from Thetford Mines CEGEP.

Stéphane Fiset will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.

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