Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marcel Bonin
Marcel Bonin played over 450 games in the NHL on both the right and left wings. He was an excellent playmaker who could dig the puck out of the corners to feed his linemates and found the net himself fairly regularly.

The native of Joliette, Quebec first made a name for himself with the QPHL's Joliette Cyclones in 1949-50. He later played senior hockey in Quebec before joining the Detroit Red Wings in 1952-53. He played 37 games as a rookie on the powerful Wings then spent most of the next season in the minors. In 1954-55, Bonin scored 16 goals and played outstanding defence in the playoffs as Detroit won its fourth Stanley Cup in six seasons.

In June 1955, Bonin was sent to Boston in the deal that also involved Wings' legend Terry Sawchuk. The versatile forward played a year in Beantown then spent a season with the QHL's Quebec Aces. His fortunes took a complete turn for the better when he was picked up by the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens at the Intra-League Draft in June 1957.

Bonin was inserted on a line with Bernie Geoffrion and Jean Beliveau and scored 45 goals his first three years with the club. He also excelled in the playoffs especially in 1958-59 when he scored ten goals in eleven matches. Bonin was on hand the following year when the Habs closed out their NHL record five-year reign as Cup champions.

In 1960-61, he recorded a personal-high 51 points but the club's drive for a sixth straight championship ended in the semi-finals. Bonin retired after suiting up for 33 games in 1961-62. His career was ended by a serious back injury caused by a collison with Pete Goegan.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Joliette Cyclones QIHL
1950-51 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL 44 30 43 73 73 8 1 6 7 7
1950-51 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 2 0 1 1 0
1951-52 Quebec Aces QMHL 60 15 36 51 131 15 4 9 13 32
1951-52 Quebec Aces Alx-Cup 5 0 5 5 18
1952-53 Quebec Aces QMHL 4 0 2 2 9
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 4 9 13 14 5 0 1 1 0
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 24 7 23 30 4
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 17 10 11 21 38
1953-54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 43 16 33 49 53 13 5 6 11 30
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 16 20 36 53 11 0 2 2 4
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 67 9 9 18 49
1956-57 Quebec Aces QHL 68 20 60 80 88 10 5 9 14 14
1956-57 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 6 3 9 12 4
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 15 24 39 37 9 0 1 1 2
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 13 30 43 38 11 10 5 15 4
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 7 3 5 8 4
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 17 34 51 59 8 1 4 5 12
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 16 35 51 45 6 0 1 1 29
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 7 14 21 41
NHL Totals 454 97 175 272 336 50 11 14 25 51


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1951)
QHL First All-Star Team (1957) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
Traded to Detroit by Quebec (QMHL) for cash, October 22, 1952. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Terry Sawchuk, Vic Stasiuk and Lorne Davis for Ed Sandford, Real Chevrefils, Norm Corcoran, Gilles Boisvert and Warren Godfrey, June 3, 1955. Claimed by Montreal from Boston (Springfield - AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957.
Suffered eventual career-ending back injury in game vs. Detroit, February 9, 1962.
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