Jose Theodore was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, second round, forty-fourth overall. He spent 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 with the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL, posting reasonable numbers. Theodore first played with the Canadiens in the 1995-1996 season, in which he played nine minutes in one game and was scored on once.
Theodore split the next few years playing with Montreal and playing with the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. He continued to improve his performance and was called up for good in the 2000-2001 season, where he played 59 games and took over the starting position from goalie Jeff Hackett. The following year, Theodore would have a great season and would end up winning the Vezina trophy.
Theodore continued to play well for the Habs, posting good numbers on a team that was mediocre at best. He began to decline after the lockout season, however, and off-ice distractions started to make a difference in his on-ice play. Theodore played in 38 games in 2005-2006 for Montreal before he was sent to the Colorado Avalanche.
On Colorado, Theodore played 33 games in 2006-2007. The long-touted superstar goalie appeared to be hitting a wall and has had a string of injuries that has kept him from being consistent. Theodore is still looking to reclaim his Vezina form of his earlier career, but many critics say that he is still too distracted to play well enough.
Theodore is relatively quick on his feet and can make most saves if given the chance. He never quits on the play when he's at his best, which can lead to some highlight reel saves. Theodore is a little week up high, however, and can be beat upstairs more than he can be beat down low.