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Michel Goulet
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Born April 21, 1960 (1960-04-21) (age 59)
Péribonka, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Chicago Blackhawks
Birmingham Bulls
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1979
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1978–1994
Hall of Fame, 1998

Michel Goulet (born Michel Bernard Goulet on April 21, 1960) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Birmingham Bulls in the World Hockey Association & the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 and is currently a scout for the Calgary Flames.

Playing CareerEdit

WHA Playing CareerEdit

Michel played his first professional season with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA during the 1978–79 season in which he scored 28 goals and 58 points.

Following the NHL-WHA merger, he was declared eligible for the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and was selected by the Quebec Nordiques.

NHL Playing CareerEdit

During the '80s, Michel became one of the most prolific snipers in the NHL.

He achieved 50 goals in a season in four consecutive years, starting with the 1982–83 season, and became one of the centrepieces of the team along with the Šťastný brothers.

During the 1989–90 season (a season in which the Nordiques ended up with a record of 12 wins, 61 losses and 7 ties and followed two years where the club failed to make the playoffs), Michel was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks (along with goalie Greg Millen and a sixth round pick at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft) for Everett Sanipass, Daniel Vincelette and Mario Doyon on March 5, 1990.

On March 16, 1994, while playing against the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum, Michel crashed into the end boards striking his head and suffered a severe concussion forcing him into retirement.

During his career, Michel played in 1089 NHL games and recorded 548 goals & 604 assists for 1152 points.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

A year to the day after the accident, Michel's number 16 was retired by the Nordiques before a large crowd at le Colisée de Québec where he enjoyed his most productive years.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 alongside his former teammate Peter Stastny.

Even though Michel never won a Stanley Cup as a player, he did win the cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001 as the director of player personnel.

In 2012, he was inducted into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in the “Legends of the Game” category.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 37 17 18 35 9 14 3 8 11 19
1977–78 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 72 73 62 135 109 1 0 1 1 0
1978–79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 78 28 30 58 65
1979–80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 22 32 54 48
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 76 32 39 71 45 4 3 4 7 7
1981–82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 42 42 84 48 16 8 5 13 6
1982–83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 57 48 105 51 4 0 0 0 6
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 56 65 121 76 9 2 4 6 17
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 69 55 40 95 55 17 10 11 21 17
1985–86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 53 51 104 64 3 1 2 3 10
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 49 47 96 61 13 9 5 14 35
1987–88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 48 58 106 56
1988–89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 69 26 38 64 67
1989–90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 57 16 29 45 42
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 4 1 5 9 14 2 4 6 6
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 74 27 38 65 65
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 22 41 63 69 9 3 4 7 6
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 23 21 44 43 3 0 1 1 0
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 16 14 30 26
NHL totals 1089 548 604 1152 825 92 39 39 78 110
WHA totals 78 28 30 58 65

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Canada WC 10 1 8 9 6
1984 Canada CC 8 5 6 11 0
1987 NHL All-Stars Exhib. 2 0 1 1 0
1987 Canada CC 8 2 3 5 0
Senior totals 28 8 18 26 6
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