Several players in the NHL are older than Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 35. Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Teemu Selanne are among them.

But Giguere does have one distinction as an older player: He is the last remaining active NHL competitor to have played for the Hartford Whalers.

"My first team. I didn't spend a lot of time there, but it'll always be special to me, the team and the organization," said Giguere, who was drafted 13th by the Whalers in 1995 and played eight games for them in 1996-97, the last season the franchise was in Connecticut before moving to North Carolina.

"It was too bad the team had to move, because they had a lot of great fans," Giguere said. "But those things happen sometimes."

Giguere wound up being traded to Calgary in 1997 and spent three frustrating seasons there playing mostly in the minors before being shipped to Anaheim, where he became a star.