Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michel Mongeau
Michel Mongeau attracted the attention of major junior scouts while playing for the Lac St. Louis Lions in AAA midget where he recorded 45 goals and 102 points in 48 games at the age of 16.

The next season he joined the Laval Voisins. In 1983-84 he contributed 94 points which would normally seem like a lot but in the high-scoring Quebec League, it landed him just sixth in scoring with the team. The leading point getter that year for the Voisins, and the entire league, was 18-year-old Mario Lemieux, who recorded an astonishing 282 points. Laval was the cream of the crop in the QMJHL and they represented the league at the Memorial Cup. Despite having dominated in Quebec, the team was unable to get on track at the Cup. In the opener they were humiliated 8-2 by the Kitchener Rangers. They improved considerably in their second outing but still came out on the short end of a 6-5 score at the hands of the Ontario champion Ottawa 67s. Kamloops of the WHL knocked them off 4-3 in the third game, eliminating Laval from the tournament.

Mongeau remained in Laval for another two years and despite having a 180-point season in his last year, was undrafted by any of the NHL teams. He signed a free-agent contract with the Saginaw Generals where he had a great offensive season, collecting 95 points in 76 games. The next two years were tough physically for Mongeau who underwent four hernia operations and a knee procedure.

His big break to the NHL seemed to come in the form of a free-agent contract offered by the St. Louis Blue in the summer of 1989. The bulk of his season was spent with Peoria of the IHL but he was called up as an injury replacement for seven games that year and he had six points. He broke the lineup another 36 times in 1991-92 but never seemed to manage to convince the Blues' brass that he could hold down a regular spot in the lineup.

Mongeau was left exposed by the Blues in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft and he was claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played just four games in a Lightning uniform before being traded in a package deal to Quebec along with Martin Simard and Steve Tuttle for Herb Raglan. The move did nothing for Mongeau's NHL career though. The Nordiques could not find a spot for him on their roster and he never played for them, and in fact never played another game in the NHL.

Following short playing stints in Italy and Switzerland, Mongeau returned to Quebec for the 2000-01 season where he played Senior A hockey. Mongeau always said that thinking about retirement would be the toughest part of hockey. That and the pressure that came when traded to another team.

Mongeau certainly faced his share of physical misfortune which definitely slowed down the potential for a stronger career, but the worst happened during a game in 1993-94 in an incident while playing in the IHL with Peoria. Mongeau was cross-checked hard from behind by Cleveland's Chris Tamer. He was catapulted head-first into the goal post, resulting in seven facial fractures. He now has three metal plates in his face. He had his jaw wired shut for a month and forced him out of hockey for a year. Mongeau sued Tamer, but the first trial ended in a mistrial. At the second trial, few of the original witnesses were available and the case was lost, being deemed an accident.

Despite a natural ability to score, the combination of injuries and an inability to fit in with specific systems of the teams he happened to be on at the time, limited Mongeau to just 54 NHL games where he had six goals and 25 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 1 1 1 2 0
1981-82 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 48 45 57 102 20 11 8 14 22 6
1982-83 Laval Voisins QMJHL 24 4 6 10 2 5 1 0 1 0
1983-84 Laval Voisins QMJHL 60 45 49 94 30 10 4 5 9 2
1983-84 Laval Voisins M-Cup 3 3 2 5 0
1984-85 Laval Voisins QMJHL 67 60 84 144 56
1985-86 Laval Titan QMJHL 72 71 109 180 45 14 14 20 34 12
1986-87 Saginaw Generals IHL 76 42 53 95 34 10 3 6 9 6
1987-88 ASG Tours France 30 31 21 52
1988-89 Flint Spirits IHL 82 41 76 117 57
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 5 6 2 +4 2 0 1 1 0
1989-90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 73 39 78 117 53 5 3 4 7 6
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 1 2 0 +1
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 73 41 65 106 114 19 10 16 26 32
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 3 12 15 6 -2
1991-92 Peoria Rivermen IHL 32 21 34 55 77 10 5 14 19 8
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 1 1 2 2 -2
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 45 24 41 65 69 4 1 4 5 4
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 22 13 18 31 10
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 7 3 11 14 4
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 52 29 36 65 50
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 74 30 52 82 72
1995-96 Peoria Rivermen IHL 24 5 17 22 24 12 4 11 15 8
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 31 12 11 23 30
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 16 4 10 14 8
1996-97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 31 6 19 25 29 2 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 34 5 12 17 18
1997-98 Manitoba Moose IHL 43 12 22 34 24 3 0 1 1 6
1998-99 HC Asiago Italy 9 9 4 13 38 1 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Joliette Blizzard QSPHL 23 25 26 51 6
1999-00 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss-2 28 12 25 37 54 9 4 5 9 22
2000-01 Joliette Mission QSPHL
2001-02 Laval Chiefs QSPHL 44 35 50 85 20 18 8 23 31 24
NHL Totals 54 6 19 25 10 2 0 1 1 0


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1987)
IHL First All-Star Team (1990)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (1990)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1990)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1991)
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy (Playoff MVP - IHL) (1991)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 21, 1989. Claimed by Tampa Bay from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Quebec by Tampa Bay with Martin Simard and Steve Tuttle for Herb Raglan, February 12, 1993.
Missed remainder of 1993-94 and majority of 1994-95 due to facial lacerations vs. Cleveland (IHL), February 27, 1994.