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Jean Gauthier

Jean Philippe Gauthier

  • Born: April 29, 1937 in Montreal, Quebec
  • Died: February 20, 2013
  • Position: Defense



Jean Gauthier was a journeyman who spread his 166 NHL games over ten seasons and three different teams. He spent most of his pro career as a farmhand and injury replacement for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Montreal native played junior with the St. Boniface Canadiens of the Manitoba Junior League and the Fort William Canadians of the Thunder Bay junior loop. The parent Montreal Canadiens oversaw his development for three more years with the Kingston CKLC's and Hull-Ottawa Canadiens before bringing him up to the NHL for a four game trial in 1960-61. He continued to see most of his ice time with Hull-Ottawa until he played 65 games for the Habs in 1962-63. Gauthier was unable to keep his place and was returned to the minors where he spent most of his time for the next four years. During this period he was a mainstay in the Central League with the Omaha Knights and Houston Apollos and was named to the league's first all-star team in 1965 and second team the next year. In June, 1967, the veteran rearguard was claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. He provided stability and leadership on the club's defence but was plucked by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League Draft after the season. Gauthier played most of the 1968-69 season in the AHL then returned to the Habs as a farmhand for two more years. In 1972-73, he joined the New York Raiders of the newly founded WHA, then played a year with the AHL's Rochester Americans before retiring in 1974.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 23 1 9 10 99 4 2 1 3 27
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 6 0 2 2 10
1956-57 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 9 16 25 133 8 1 3 4 18
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 12 1 4 5 33
Flin Flon Bombers Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 7 0 4 4 14
1957-58 Kingston CKLC's EOHL 46 8 20 28 118 7 0 3 3 12
1958-59 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 52 5 5 10 110 8 2 3 5 29
1959-60 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 68 2 23 25 152 7 0 1 1 8
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 8 -- -- -- -- --
Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 64 8 13 21 138 14 0 5 5 42
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 1 1 10 -- -- -- -- --
Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 47 11 20 31 85 13 5 4 9 38
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 1 17 18 46 5 0 0 0 12
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
Quebec Aces AHL 29 3 7 10 58 9 1 2 3 4
1964-65 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 14 37 51 182 6 4 1 5 10
Montreal Canadiens NHL -- -- -- -- -- 2 0 0 0 4
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Houston Apollos CPHL 66 7 14 21 107 -- -- -- -- --
Quebec Aces AHL 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 3 3 4
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
Seattle Totems WHL 69 9 22 31 68 10 1 3 4 12
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 5 7 12 74 7 1 3 4 6
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 2 2 8 -- -- -- -- --
Providence Reds AHL 39 5 14 19 58 -- -- -- -- --
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
Montreal Voyageurs AHL 54 6 22 28 70 8 3 2 5 18
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 52 3 19 22 80 3 0 1 1 2
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 3 37 40 104 18 5 7 12 38
1972-73 New York Raiders WHA 31 2 1 3 21 -- -- -- -- --
Long Island Ducks EHL 4 1 1 2 10 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 Rochester Americans AHL 41 3 9 12 63 5 0 2 2 6
NHL Totals 166 6 29 35 150 14 1 3 4 22
WHA Totals 31 2 1 3 21 -- -- -- -- --

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • Turnbull Cup Manitoba Junior Hockey League Championship (1956)
  • Thunder Bay Junior Hockey League Championship (1957)
  • Memorial Cup Canada Junior A Championship (1957)
  • CPHL First All-Star Team (1961 & 1962)
  • Eastern Professional Hockey League Championship (1961 & 1962)
  • EPHL Top Defenceman Award (1962), shared with Harry Sinden
  • CPHL First All-Star Team (1965)
  • CPHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
  • Stanley Cup National Hockey League Championship (1965)
  • Lester Patrick Cup Western Hockey League Championship (1967)

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