Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marc Boileau
Centre Marc Boileau began his major junior career with the Verdun LaSalle in 1950-51 before moving on to the St. Jerome Eagles the following year. At the age of 20 he moved to Ontario and suited up for the Kitchener Greenshirts for half a season and also played for the Montreal Junior Canadiens.

Boileau had an immense passion for hockey and a lifelong dream to play it professionally and of course his ultimate goal was to play in the NHL. Teammates often marvelled at his strong work ethic and desire for the game. Others thought he was a bit too passionate, and felt he had somewhat of a short fuse. He turned pro with Cincinnati in 1953-54. He played with an assortment of minor-league teams for eight years before finally getting the chance to perform in the NHL.

It was in 1961-62 when Boileau played 54 games with the Detroit Red Wings. He was told to concentrate primarily on his defensive duties, which he took on with great pride. He also managed to chip in with five goals and eleven points. Despite a relatively strong on-ice performance, the Red Wings were unable to find a roster spot for him beyond that season and he never played in the NHL again.

Boileau loved the game though, and he continued to lace up the blades for another nine years in the minors. At the age of 40 he played two games with the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL before retiring.

In 1973-74 he joined the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins in a management capacity. He also coached the team in 1975 but announced his retirement later that summer. Boileau then jumped to the WHA where he guided the Quebec Nordiques and was behind the bench for the team's 1977 Avco Cup championship when they defeated the defending champion Winnipeg Jets in seven games. He also served as coach at the 1978 WHA All-Star Game where the Nordiques defeated a team of WHA All Stars 5-4. One of the many humorous stories loaded with irony surfaced soon after the WHA folded when it was alleged the coach of the Winnipeg Jets, Bobby Kromm, and Boileau of the Nordiques once got into a nasty fist fight during a heated disagreement at an anti-violence meeting which of all things was intended to look at ways of curbing on-ice violence. Apparently boardroom pugilism was not an issue on the corporate agenda.

Boileau's father Rene also played in the NHL, suiting up for seven games with the New York Americans in 1925-26.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1950-51 Verdun LaSalle QJHL 45 5 8 13 6 3 0 1 1 0
1951-52 St-Jerome Eagles MMJHL 36 17 17 34 16
1952-53 Kitchener Greenshirts OHA-Jr. 20 10 19 29 38
1952-53 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 17 3 7 10 5
1953-54 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 38 12 21 33 13 11 1 1 2 0
1954-55 Fort Wayne Komets IHL
1955-56 Saint John Beavers ACSHL 63 22 43 65 66 15 5 3 8 9
1955-56 Saint John Beavers Al-Cup 5 1 0 1 9
1956-57 Indianapolis Chiefs IHL 60 25 32 57 50 8 2 3 5 2
1957-58 Indianapolis Chiefs IHL 63 26 61 87 64 11 8 5 13 7
1958-59 Seattle Totems WHL 67 17 30 47 52 12 10 7 17 10
1959-60 Seattle Totems WHL 68 32 45 77 54 4 0 0 0 5
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 70 42 31 73 49 11 5 4 9 14
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 5 6 11 8
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 14 7 8 15 6
1962-63 Los Angeles Blades WHL 66 17 45 62 77 3 0 3 3 2
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 69 12 32 44 35 12 3 3 6 33
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 60 12 23 35 62
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 72 10 29 39 48
1966-67
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 66 6 31 37 41 9 3 2 5 4
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 73 14 30 44 42 2 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 73 16 28 44 65 6 1 0 1 8
1970-71 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 67 19 40 59 35 2 0 1 1 0
1971-72 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 66 11 44 55 27 6 0 6 6 4
1972-73 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 2 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 54 5 6 11 8


Son of Rene
IHL First All-Star Team (1958)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1960)
Suspended by Montreal for refusing assignment to Fort Wayne (IHL), September, 1954. Traded to Detroit (Seattle-WHL) by Indianapolis (IHL) for cash, September, 1958. Traded to Los Angeles (WHL) by Seattle (WHL) with Frank Arnett for Jim Powers, Terry Slater and Jim Hay, July, 1962. Traded to Seattle (WHL) by Chicago (LA Blades-WHL) with Bobby Schmautz for cash with Chicago retaining NHL rights, August 10, 1967.