Hackett playing for the Canadiens
June 1, 1968|
London, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Islanders|
San Jose Sharks
34th overall, 1987|
New York Islanders
Jeffrey David Hackett (born June 1, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played fifteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. He served as the Colorado Avalanche's goaltending coach for three seasons following his playing career.
Hackett grew up studying Tony Esposito and patterned his game after him. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft after playing in junior for the London Diamonds and the Oshawa Generals. Behind Billy Smith and Kelly Hrudey on the Islanders' goaltending depth chart, Hackett split his first two seasons with New York and the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. He led the Springfield Indians to a Calder Cup win in 1990 and was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, annually given to the most valuable player of the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks claimed him in the 1991 NHL Expansion Draft. During his first season in San Jose, Hackett was named team MVP for his play. However, after winning only two games in 1992-93, one of them a Sharks' record 57 save effort against the Kings, Hackett was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks prior to 1993–94 and he backed up Ed Belfour for several seasons. His excellent play in 1996–97 allowed the Blackhawks to trade Belfour to San Jose mid-season. His only full season as Chicago's top goaltender, was highlighted by a career-high eight shutouts.
A month into the season, Hackett was involved in a six-player trade which sent him to the Montreal Canadiens. He quickly became a fan favorite in Montreal as he recorded career highs in games played (63) and wins (26). After another solid season in 1999–2000, Hackett was limited to fifteen games in 2000–01 and eighteen games in 2001–02 due to a shoulder injury and lost the starter's job to 2002 Vezina Trophy winner José Théodore in the process. This signaled the end of his stint with Montreal as midway through 2002–03 he was involved in a three-way trade which sent him back to San Jose temporarily and then on to the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins, who had been looking for a number one goaltender, threw Hackett into that role. After shutting out Philadelphia in his Boston debut, Hackett played well until a broken finger caused him to miss time including the start of the Bruins' playoff series with New Jersey, forcing Boston to go with Steve Shields.
During the off-season, Hackett signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on the first day of free agency. He started his Flyers career by posting two shutouts in his first two games, and accumulated a record of nine wins, two losses and six ties in his first seventeen games. However, in December, he lost six starts in a row and following a win in early January, lost his next two starts. He was diagnosed with vertigo on January 22 and after a one-game rehab stint with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms on February 6, Hackett retired on February 9, 2004. Hackett finished his career after appearing in 500 NHL regular season games.
On July 12, 2006, Hackett was hired as the goaltending coach for the Colorado Avalanche. After three seasons in that role, Hackett was fired on June 3, 2009. Hackett now resides in his hometown of London, Ontario and has turned his attention to minor hockey. His nephew is NHL goaltender Matt Hackett.
|1988–89||New York Islanders||NHL||13||4||7||0||662||39||0||3.53||.881|
|1990–91||New York Islanders||NHL||30||5||18||1||1508||91||0||3.62||.877|
|1991–92||San Jose Sharks||NHL||42||11||27||1||2314||148||0||3.84||.892|
|1992–93||San Jose Sharks||NHL||36||2||30||1||2000||176||0||5.28||.856|
|Senior int'l totals||2||0||1||1||120||9||0||4.50||—|
- "Flyers' hopes hinge on Hackett". The London Free Press. July 2, 2003. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- "AVS PART WAYS WITH HEAD COACH GRANATO, FIVE OTHERS". TSN.ca. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- Draft Prospect Card - 2009
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