Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vincent Damphousse
It was obvious from a young age that Vincent Damphousse had extraordinary hockey talent. He starred for the Montreal-Bourassa midgets of the Québec AAA Hockey Leauge. In 1983-84, he joined the QMJHL's Laval Voisin and scored 65 points as a rookie. In 1984-85, he improved to 35 goals and 103 points and in 1985-86, Damphousse scored 45 goals and 155 points and was named a QMJHL Second Team All-Star.

Vincent Damphousse was drafted sixth overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his rookie season, Damphousse played in all 80 games and tallied 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points. The breakout year offensively for Damphousse came in 1989-90, when he scored 33 goals and finished second in team scoring with 94 points. In 1990-91, he paced the team with 26 goals and 73 points and was named the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game in Chicago thanks to a four-goal effort. He still regards that as the single greatest memory in his NHL career.

In one of the biggest trades in NHL history, Damphousse was traded with Peter Ing, Scott Thornton, Luke Richardson, and cash to the Edmonton Oilers for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube on September 19, 1991. The move to northern Alberta seemed to agree with him, as he led the Oilers with 38 goals, 51 assists and 89 points. In the playoffs, he scored 14 points in 16 games as the team reached the Campbell Conference finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.

On August 27, 1992, Damphousse was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Playing in his home town, Damphousse responded with 39 goals, 58 assists, and 97 points for the Habs. And the playoffs were even better. He had 23 points in 20 games as the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, defeating Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings four games to one.

In 1993-94, Damphousse led the Canadiens with 40 goals and 51 assists for 91 points. In the shortened 1994-95 campaign, he played all 48 games and scored 40 points. In 1995-96, he co-led the Canadiens with 38 goals and finished second in team scoring with 56 assists and 94 points. In 1996-97, he led the Canadiens with 54 assists and 81 points. In 1997-98, he finished second in team scoring with 59 points.

In 1998-99, Damphousse moved to his fourth NHL club when he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. On October 14, 2000, Damphousse recorded his 1,000th career NHL point and was one of the most consistent players on the Sharks for the better part of six seasons, before signing as a free-agent with the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2004.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Damphousse announced his retirement from the game of hockey during the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 48 33 45 78 22 10 4 4 8 12
1983-84 Laval Voisins QMJHL 66 29 36 65 25 12 5 3 8 4
1983-84 Laval Voisins M-Cup 3 0 0 0 4
1984-85 Laval Voisins QMJHL 68 35 68 103 60
1985-86 Laval Titan QMJHL 69 45 110 155 72 14 9 28 37 12
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 21 25 46 26 -6 12 1 5 6 8
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 12 36 48 40 +2 6 0 1 1 10
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 26 42 68 75 -8
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 33 61 94 56 +2 5 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 26 47 73 65 -31
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 38 51 89 53 +10 16 6 8 14 8
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 84 39 58 97 98 +5 20 11 12 23 16
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 84 40 51 91 75 0 7 1 2 3 8
1994-95 Ratinger Lowen Germany 11 5 7 12 24
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 10 30 40 42 +15
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 38 56 94 158 +5 6 4 4 8 0
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 8 2 0 2 8
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 27 54 81 82 -6 5 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 18 41 59 58 +14 10 3 6 9 22
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 12 24 36 46 -7
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 7 6 13 4 +3 6 3 2 5 6
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 21 49 70 58 +4 12 1 7 8 16
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 45 9 37 46 62 +17 6 2 1 3 14
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 20 38 58 60 +8 12 2 6 8 12
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 23 38 61 66 -13
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 12 29 41 66 -5 17 7 7 14 20
2004-05
NHL Totals 1378 432 773 1205 1190 140 41 63 104 144


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1986) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1992, 2002) Traded to Edmonton by Toronto with Peter Ing, Scott Thornton and Luke Richardson for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube, September 19, 1991. Traded to Montreal by Edmonton with Edmonton's 4th round choice (Adam Wiesel) in 1993 Entry Draft for Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek, August 27, 1992. Traded to San Jose by Montreal for Phoenix's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Montreal selected Marc-Andre Thinel) in 1999 Entry Draft, San Jose's 1st round choice (Marcel Hossa) in 2000 Entry Draft and San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Kiel McLeod) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 18, 2004. Officially anounced his retirement, September 7, 2005.