Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pat Boutette
Pat Boutette's career in hockey was consistently marked by a great mental strength that allowed him to face down the odds that tended to jump onto his path from time to time. While skating for the London Knights of the OHA in 1969-70, he was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota. He accepted the offer in the midst of the usual warnings that such a path would never lead him to the NHL. But with his usual self-assurance, he went south to school

He put in three successful seasons on campus, becoming an All-American all-star in 1973. He elected to leave his studies one year shy of his degree in physical education to turn pro with the Maple Leafs' chain. He put in two years of apprenticeship with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL where he honed the style of play that would earn him a long-term ticket in the NHL. Standing only 5' 8" high, Boutette knew that he'd have to become a durable mucker who would never back down from anyone, no matter how much bigger his rivals stood.

In 1975-76, he finally got the call to join the Leafs on a line with Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jack Valiquette. Short-guy jokes abounded in the dressing room as Boutette grew in his resolve to work hard and play aggressively against foes of all sizes. It was not uncommon to see him drop the gloves against such leviathans as the Isles' Clark Gillies or the Flyers' Don Saleski. He also managed to find the opposition's net with respectable third-line frequency.

Into his fifth season with the Leafs, Boutette was traded to the Hartford Whalers where, despite his short stay, he scored a personal-best 80 points in 80 games for the struggling Whalers. In 1981, he was dispatched to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he continued to play his aggressive game in the company of Paul Gardner and Rick Kehoe. The only difference between life as a Pen and as a Leaf was that, in Pittsburgh, he tended to score more while making life difficult for opponents along the boards.

By 1984-85, however, the rugged winger finally began to slow down. His numbers fell off as he was traded back to the Whalers where he played briefly before retiring from the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL at the close of the season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Riverside Cement Minor-ON
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 53 11 17 28 87 10 1 4 5 66
1970-71 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 33 18 13 31 86
1971-72 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 34 17 20 37 71
1972-73 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 34 18 45 63 91
1973-74 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 70 17 34 51 118 10 0 7 7 35
1974-75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 77 26 42 68 163 5 2 4 6 4
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 10 22 32 140 -1 10 1 4 5 16
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 18 18 36 107 +13 9 0 4 4 17
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 17 19 36 120 0 13 3 3 6 40
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 14 19 33 136 +3 6 2 2 4 22
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 0 4 4 17 -6
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 13 31 44 75 +17 3 1 0 1 6
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 28 52 80 160 -13
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 1 1 2 16
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 23 51 74 230 -23 5 3 1 4 8
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 27 29 56 152 -33
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 14 26 40 142 -58
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 1 3 4 24 -5
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 33 6 8 14 51 -6
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 27 8 17 25 10 7 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 756 171 282 453 1354 46 10 14 24 109


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1973)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1973)
Traded to Hartford by Toronto for Bob Stephenson, December 27, 1979. Transferred to Pittsburgh by Hartford with Kevin McClelland as compensation for Hartford's signing of free agent Greg Millen, June 29, 1981. Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh for the rights to Ville Siren, November 16, 1984.