Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michel Petit
Michel Petit played his junior hockey as an all-star rearguard for the Sherbrooke Castors and the St. Jean Castors of the QMJHL from 1981 to 1983. It was during that time that he already showed his attractive blend of skill and toughness.

In need of such qualities, the Vancouver Canucks' made him their 1st choice in the 1982 Entry Draft. Petit joined the struggling squad as a regular after a 19-game stint with the Canadian National team in 1983-84. With the Canucks, the young blueliner was subjected to considerable pressure by a city hungry for defensive relief. Petit did his best but often tried to exceed the limitations of his own abilities. As such, he struggled during his four and a half years on the West Coast.

In 1987, Rangers' coach Michel Bergeron rescued Petit from the depths of his floundering career. In the Big Apple, he stepped up his offensive production and his bellicose ways. He established himself with a strong physical presence and a penchant for using his stick for purposes beyond scoring goals and blocking shots.

When Bergeron became the GM of the Quebec Nordiques, he brought Petit along to tend his blueline in Quebec City. But in 1990, the team went after the Leafs' Rob Pearson with Petit as part of the payment. Coach Tom Watt of the Leafs held fond memories of Petit from their days in Vancouver and was eager to land him at the Gardens. But as was so often the case, he lasted only a year and a half before it was time to pack up again and move, this time to Calgary.

With the Flames, Petit put in his final stint of substance, lasting two-and-half years, before he rounded out his NHL career with short stops in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. After leaving the big leagues, Petit put in stints with the Las Vegas Thunder and the Chicago Wolves of the IHL plus two terms with the Frankfurt Lions in Germany.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 35 4 9 13 36 12 1 3 4 4
1980-81 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 48 10 45 55 84 7 2 4 6 20
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 63 10 39 49 99 22 5 20 25 44
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 5 1 5 6 16
1982-83 St-Jean Castors QMJHL 62 19 67 86 196 3 0 0 0 35
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -4
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 6 9 15 53 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 19 3 10 13 58
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 5 26 31 127 -26
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 1 6 7 27 -6
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 25 0 13 13 79
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 12 13 25 131 -5
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 0 3 3 35 -4
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 64 9 24 33 223 +3
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 69 8 25 33 154 -15 4 0 2 2 27
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 63 12 24 36 215 -38
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 8 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 19 4 7 11 47 -15
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 9 19 28 132 -19
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 1 13 14 85 -17
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 36 3 10 13 79 +2
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 35 3 9 12 54 -5
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 63 2 21 23 110 +5
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40 5 12 17 84 +4
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 0 1 1 27 -1
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 45 4 7 11 108 -10 6 0 0 0 20
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 18 2 4 6 20 -13
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 3 3 51 +2 3 0 0 0 6
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 9 2 3 5 24 +2
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 32 4 2 6 77 -4 5 0 0 0 8
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 6 0 1 1 10 -8
1999-00 Frankfurt Lions Germany 29 9 9 18 83 5 1 1 2 22
2000-01 Frankfurt Lions Germany 14 3 13 16 56
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 23 2 3 5 26 -20
2001-02 HC Bolzano Italy 14 0 2 2 12
NHL Totals 827 90 238 328 1839 19 0 2 2 61


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1982, 1983)
QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year) (1982)
Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver for Willie Huber and Larry Melnyk, November 4, 1987. Traded to Quebec by NY Rangers for Randy Moller, October 5, 1989. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Aaron Broten and Lucien Deblois for Scott Pearson and Toronto's 2nd round choices in 1991 (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Eric Lavigne) and 1992 (Tuomas Gronman) Entry Drafts, November 17, 1990. Traded to Calgary by Toronto with Craig Berube, Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman and Jeff Reese for Doug Gilmour, Jamie Macoun, Ric Nattress, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville, January 2, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, June 16, 1994. Traded to Tampa Bay by Los Angeles for Steven Finn, November 13, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 24, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Edmonton, January 17, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, November 25, 1997.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to injury in pre-season intra-squad game. Signed as a free agent by Chicago Wolves (IHL), November 18, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Bolzano (Italy), February 15, 2002.