Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rey Comeau
Rey Comeau played two season of major junior hockey in Quebec with the West Island Flyers and the Verdun Maple Leafs in the late 1960s. In his first year, he scored 40 goals and 72 points in just 37 games with West Island. In 1967-68, he increased his points total to 79, playing in one less game with Verdun.

Comeau posted strong offensive numbers but he was not drafted by any NHL team. The general consensus seemed to be that he was too small to be able to withstand the rigors which would face him in the NHL. Undeterred, Comeau wanted to try his hand at professional hockey and signed with the AHL's Cleveland Barons. In 71 games, he scored 17 goals and 40 points. The following year, he increased his points total to 65, on 27 goals and 38 assists. Midway through the 1970-71 season, he was sent to the Montreal Voyageurs, the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. After another year in the minors, Comeau got the call from Montreal to play in four NHL games where he sat on the bench most of time.

With the NHL having expanded, Comeau found himself being the object of attention of several teams, including the Atlanta Flames, with whom he signed. In 77 games, Comeau counted 21 goals and 42 points. Despite playing on one of the NHL's worst-rated teams, Comeau was just happy to be playing on a full-time basis in the league. He played a total of six seasons in Atlanta, missing just 12 games. He was always the epitomy of consistency, never scoring less than ten goals or 30 points in a season.

In 1978-79, Comeau played a season with the Colorado Rockies, where he had 18 points in 70 games, His role in Denver was more of a checking position and he also played on the penalty-killing unit. He returned for 22 games in 1979-80, which was his last hurrah in the NHL. Comeau played nine years in the NHL, playing 564 games, scoring 98 goals and 239 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 West Island Flyers MMJHL 37 40 32 72 37
1966-67 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs MMJHL
1966-67 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 4 3 1 4 2
1967-68 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs MMJHL 36 29 50 79
1967-68 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 18 8 14 22 40
1968-69 Houston Apollos CHL 1 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 71 17 23 40 26 4 1 0 1 0
1969-70 Cleveland Barons AHL 71 27 38 65 26
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 41 17 25 42 30
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 29 9 14 23 34 3 1 2 3 4
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0 0
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 68 23 41 64 63 15 6 14 20 10
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 77 21 21 42 19 0
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 11 23 34 16 -15 4 2 1 3 6
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 75 14 20 34 40 +9
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 17 22 39 42 +9
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 15 18 33 16 +7 3 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 10 22 32 20 0 2 0 0 0 0
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 70 8 10 18 16 -20
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 22 2 5 7 6 0
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 57 14 35 49 16
1980-81 Fort Worth Texans CHL 77 19 16 35 40 5 2 3 5 4
NHL Totals 564 98 141 239 175 9 2 1 3 8


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1966) Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Montreal for cash, July, 1969. Rights transferred to Minnesota when NHL club established working agreement with Cleveland (AHL), July, 1970. Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Gord Labossiere, January 26, 1971. Claimed by Vancouver from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Traded to Montreal by Vancouver for cash, September 14, 1971. Traded to Atlanta by Montreal for cash, June 16, 1972. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, June 23, 1978.
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