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Stephen Valiquette (born August 20, 1977 in Etobicoke, Ontario) is a Canadian goaltender for the New York Rangers organization of the National Hockey League. He was drafted in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round, 190th overall.

In 1998, he signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders and made his NHL debut on March 9, 2000 against the Phoenix Coyotes. He replaced Kevin Weekes after he had let in four goals. Valiquette played 20 minutes in that game, facing five shots, saving four. He appeared in six games in the 1999–2000 season and won two games.

In 2003, after a three-year NHL hiatus, Valiquette signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Edmonton Oilers. Three months after this signing, he was claimed on waivers by the Florida Panthers in the NHL waiver draft on October 3, 2003. Six days later he was claimed back by the Edmonton Oilers. He appeared in one game with Edmonton and played 14 minutes. Valiquette spent the balance of the 2003–04 season with the Toronto Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, playing in 35 games.

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