Lost in all the news over the last few months, particularly regarding the puck-stopping troika of Timmy, Manny and Tuukka, one of the other goalies in the Boston Bruins organization, Jordan Sigalet, was re-signed.
Having already arrived for training camp early and without much fanfare, Sigalet knows his role within the organization, but clearly relishes the opportunity to challenge himself.
"I'm just looking forward to coming to camp and looking to prove myself," said the now veteran AHL goalie. "I just need to worry about my game."
Generally speaking, there have been no worries about Sigalet's game, as he has been one of the most consistent performers wearing Black & Gold.
In 62 AHL starts, the former Bowling Green University standout has a 36-16-4 record, a 2.48 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Despite those excellent credentials, Jordan, who will again join his brother Jonathan (a highly-touted prospect on defense) in the Boston organization, will most likely find himself in a familiar situation -- fighting for playing time.
To his credit, the unflappable Sigalet is unworried.
"Obviously it was nice having Tuukka come in at the end of the year last year to get to know him," said Jordan. "He's a great guy and I am looking forward to competing with him.
"We can kind of push each other and see where that takes us."
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Sigalet will bide his time, knowing of course that he has fought very hard jut to continue playing hockey. As you may have read elsewhere, Jordan has multiple sclerosis, and despite that diagnosis, he has beaten the odds, first in college and now in the pros to continue to play the game at a very high level.
As a result, situations that might bother other young goalies just present another challenge for the courageous Bruins netminder.
"Last year was an interesting situation, having Hannu (Toivonen) come down a lot and playing a lot of minutes," said Sigalet, almost a-matter-of-factly. "I didn't get a lot of ice time when he was there, so I just had to work hard in practice so when I did get thrown in there I was ready to play well.
"You just have to be mentally ready, whether you are on the bench or in practice so you make sure you are in tip-top shape when you do get that chance."
Obviously, no goaltender is satisfied with sitting, but it seems that Sigalet is content to wait for that chance to prove himself to the hockey world. Again.
"I go to the rink everyday -- that's my job -- and I couldn't be more thrilled to be doing what I am doing," said Sigalet, wearing a huge smile. "When I made it to college, I was just happy to get there and have my school paid for.
"So any step I take is another step in my career and I am just excited to be playing pro hockey.
"Obviously you hope to get that break and get a shot in the NHL one day, but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen -- you have to stay positive and enjoy it while you can," he said.
After talking to him, it's hard not to root for him. Having accomplished so much, having been through so much, to Jordan, the game is still just that, a game.
And, for Sigalet, the game is still fun.
"It's a lot of fun," emphasized the goaltender. "Just having my brother around and the great group of guys we had in Providence last year, a great group of guys, seeing some of those guys go up and down to Boston is pretty exciting.
"And you just wait for your shot," he said.
Unfortunately, some 'shots' are already something that Sigalet is all too familiar with, what with having to take medications to keep the disease at bay. Undaunted, Sigalet continues to stare down adversity .
Through his own charity group, he raises money for the fight against MS.
"We try to do this program every two years," he explained. "It's called Shutout MS. I created my own website which is shutoutms.com
and basically what we have is a fundraiser -- a dinner, dance, auction and live band.
"We just try to raise as much money for multiple sclerosis as we can.
"It's gotten such great support and we have had some NHL guys on board. And guys like Jeremy Reich, Nate Thompson, Pascal Pelletier, Jeff Hoggan and Ben Walter, a lot of guys I played with over the last couple of years, came and supported it this year…We ended up raising just under $70,000 and it all went to the national MS societies.
"It's a pretty fun event and a great way to raise some awareness and some money," Jordan said.
Asked how his own fight is going, Sigalet said he is feeling fine.
"I'm feeling great," he said, "there are days that I even forget I have it. I feel like a normal person and as long as I take my injections, continue my treatment, stay active and get a lot of rest, I can live a normal life."
You know what folks, no matter where he stops pucks this season, Jordan Sigalet has nothing to prove to anyone.