|Born||April 21, 1960 (1960-04-21) |
Péribonka, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Nordiques|
|NHL Draft||20th overall, 1979|
|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.
WHA Playing Career
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 Career
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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs