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Benoît Pouliot
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Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
199 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Born September 29 1986 (1986-09-29) (age 27),
Alfred, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2005
Minnesota Wild
Pro Career 2006 – present


Benoît Robert Pouliot (born September 29, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Pouliot grew up in St. Isidore, Ontario. He played for his hometown team, the St. Isidore Eagles, where he was coached by his father Sylvain. He was later promoted to the AA group regional team of Eastern Ontario Cobras. After a short stint in Junior B with Les Castors de Clarence Creek, he played for the CJHL, as had his father.

He won the Emms Family Award as the OHL's top of the rookie for the 2004–05 season. On July 30, 2005, he was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild. He was a member of the Canadian team that won the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He finished the 2005–06 season with 65 points in 51 games including 35 goals.

He was signed to a tryout contract with Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, on April 28 and he played there for two games of their semi-final Calder Cup playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals, the farm team of the Nashville Predators. Pouliot was then signed to the Wild on May 1, 2006, and made his NHL debut on November 22, 2006, against the Montreal Canadiens.

Pouliot scored his first two NHL goals for Minnesota against Calgary Flames on March 22, 2008, but the Wild still lost the match 5–4.[1]

Pouliot later was placed on the 2008–09 roster at the beginning season. After only recording 11 points in 37 games, Pouliot was sent down the Minnesota Wild's minor league affiliate, the Houston Aeros. He returned to Houston however, and fan consensus there is that his play has improved markedly.[2] On November 23, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Guillaume Latendresse.[3]

On July 1, 2011, Pouliot signed with the Boston Bruins to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.[4]

He will be changing his jersey number in Boston and wearing 67 instead of his traditional 57.

AwardsEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2006 Vancouver

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Sudbury Wolves OHL 4 2 2 4 0 4 2 1 3 0
2004–05 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 29 38 67 102 12 6 8 14 20
2005–06 Sudbury Wolves OHL 55 35 30 65 120 8 10 2 12 16
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 67 19 17 36 109
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 46 10 14 24 67 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 11 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 5 6 11 18
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 30 9 15 24 20 20 1 7 8 28
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 2 2 4 12
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 15 9 24 31 18 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 1 2 3 4
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 17 30 87 3 0 0 0 7
NHL totals 183 37 35 72 148 22 0 2 2 13

PersonalEdit

His brothers are also hockey players — David is a defenceman with the St. Isidore Eagles (Junior C), and Hugo played for the Hawkesbury Hawks. In 2005, Hugo led them to the CJHL championship, the Fred Page Cup. Now Hugo plays for the Alexandria Glens (Junior B), and the Glens went on to win the EOJBHL championship.

The day after Pouliot scored his first-ever OHL goal, his father died from leukemia.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. NHL Event Summary. NHL.com (2008-03-22). Retrieved on 2008-10-31.
  2. Fan Flak ->Hockey Stuff ->Aeros/AHL Talk. InstigatorAlley.com (8 March 2009). Retrieved on 9 March 2009.
  3. http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/286780.html
  4. http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2011/07/bruins_sign_ben.html
  5. The son also rises. Slam Sports (2005-05-25). Retrieved on 2008-10-31.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Bryan Little (Barrie Colts)
OHL Rookie of the Year
2004–05
Succeeded by
John Tavares (Oshawa Generals)
Preceded by
Sidney Crosby (Rimouski Océanic)
CHL Rookie of the Year
2004–05
Succeeded by
John Tavares (Oshawa Generals)
Preceded by
A. J. Thelen
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
James Sheppard


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