Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gaetan Duchesne
Gaetan Duchesne enjoyed a successful 14-year NHL career with five different teams. As an eighth-round draft pick, 152nd overall in 1981, Duchesne surprised even the Washington Capitals, the club that selected him, by earning a roster spot in his rookie camp in the fall of 1982.

In that first season, Duchesne scored 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 77 games. Duchesne's best individual season was in 1986-87, which turned out to be his last year in Washington. He netted 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points.

For the 1987-88 season, Duchesne had the opportunity to play before his hometown fans in Quebec City. During his two seasons with the Nordiques he had 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 points.

Over the next four years, Duchesne laced up his skates with the Minnesota North Stars. The pinnacle of his career occurred in the 1991 playoffs when the North Stars shocked the hockey world by advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. Only Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins prevented Minnesota from hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup. Playing in that Cup final provided the greatest memories for Duchesne in his lengthy career.

Duchesne next played for a year-and-a-half in northern California with the San Jose Sharks before finishing out the 1994-95 season with the Florida Panthers. In 1996-97, the IHL Atlanta Knights moved relocated to Quebec City and Duchesne jumped at the opportunity to play for his hometown a second time. The NHL veteran would play two seasons with the club, serving as player-assistant coach in 1996-97.

Over the course of the next two seasons Duchesne stayed away from the rink, yet he returned as an assistant coach for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts. Duchesne spent two seasons behind the bench with his old junior club before stepping down following the 2001-02 season.

Gaetan Duchesne played in 1,028 games, scored 179 goals and 254 assists for 433 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 25 3 12 15
1979-80 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 46 9 28 37 22 5 0 2 2 9
1980-81 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 72 27 45 72 63 7 1 4 5 6
1981-82 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 74 9 14 23 46 -6
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 77 18 19 37 52 +15 4 1 1 2 4
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 1 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 79 17 19 36 29 +15 8 2 1 3 2
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 67 15 23 38 32 +16 5 0 1 1 7
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 80 11 28 39 39 +10 9 4 3 7 12
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 74 17 35 52 53 +18 7 3 0 3 14
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 24 23 47 83 +8
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 70 8 21 29 56 0
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 72 12 8 20 33 +5 7 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 1 0 1 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 9 9 18 18 +4 23 2 3 5 34
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 8 15 23 102 +6 7 1 0 1 6
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 84 16 13 29 30 +6
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 84 12 18 30 28 +8 14 1 4 5 12
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 33 2 7 9 16 -6
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 13 1 2 3 0 +3
1995-96
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 66 10 18 28 54 9 5 0 5 4
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 3 0 0 0 2 -1
NHL Totals 1028 179 254 433 617 84 14 13 27 97


Traded to Quebec by Washington with Alan Haworth and Washington's 1st round choice (Joe Sakic) in 1987 Entry Draft for Clint Malarchuk and Dale Hunter, June 13, 1987. Traded to Minnesota by Quebec for Kevin Kaminski, June 19, 1989. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to San Jose by Dallas for San Jose's 6th round choice (later traded back to San Jose - San Jose selected Petri Varis) in 1993 Entry Draft, June 20, 1993. Traded to Florida by San Jose for Florida's 6th round choice (Timo Hakanen) in 1995 Entry Draft, April 7, 1995.