Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jude Drouin
Jude Drouin was drafted as an 18-year-old in 1966 in the third round, 17th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens while playing for the Montreal Junior Canadiens. In 1966-67 he played in 47 games, scoring 32 goals and 36 assists for 68 points.

As a 19-year-old, Drouin joined the Houston Apollos of the CPHL, scoring 22 goals and 60 points in a 68-game season. Midway through the following season, Drouin got the call from the Canadiens and he suited up for them for nine games, picking up an assist in limited duty.

The powerhouse Canadiens simply could not find room for Drouin in their lineup, so he found himself with the Minnesota North Stars for the start of the 1970-71 season. It was a move which allowed his career to blossom. The Stars, in desperate need of good young talent, inserted Drouin into the starting lineup where he responded with 16 goals and 52 assists for 68 points in 75 games.

Drouin's best offensive season was 1972-73 when he had career highs in goals and assists, potting 27 goals and 46 assists for 73 points in 78 games. His career in Minnesota lasted four-and-a-half years before he was dealt to the New York Islanders midway through the 1974-75 season. Drouin's stay on Long Island lasted four years.

In 1979-80, Drouin played a season with the Winnipeg Jets. In 78 games he had eight goals and 16 assists. He retired from the NHL the following season at the age of 32, having played in just seven games with the Jets.

Drouin was not without controversy in his NHL career. He was once suspended for three games in the early 1970s for allegedly assaulting referee Bruce Hood in a game in Bloomington. Some believed Drouin got off lightly, but the North Stars said Hood had been intimidating Drouin throughout the game. With the entire North Star bench already upset at several calls made against them earlier in the game, the ruckus began when Drouin skated by Hood early in the second period and uttered the words "you're like all the rest," referring to what he perceived to be generally poor officiating in the league. Hood challenged Drouin to repeat the statement, which he did. Hood responded by dishing out a misconduct. The now-fuming Drouin charged towards Hood, stick in hand, but was intercepted before reaching his destination by fellow teammates J.P. Parise and Barry Gibbs. In his post-game report, Hood wrote that Drouin's stick had made contact with his shoulder, thus constituting assault. NHL president Clarence Campbell reviewed the report and video of the game before handing down the three-game suspension.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs MMJHL 38 33 32 65 103
1966-67 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 47 32 36 68 64 3 0 3 3 9
1967-68 Houston Apollos CPHL 68 22 38 60 59
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 0 1 1 0 +1
1968-69 Houston Apollos CHL 53 23 31 54 117 3 1 1 2 23
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -2
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 65 37 69 106 88 8 0 6 6 2
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 16 52 68 49 +5 12 5 7 12 10
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 63 13 43 56 31 +4 7 4 4 8 6
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 27 46 73 61 +12 6 1 3 4 0
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 19 24 43 30 -11
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 4 18 22 16 -19
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 40 14 18 32 6 +8 17 6 12 18 6
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 76 21 41 62 58 +18 13 6 9 15 0
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 78 24 29 53 27 +18 12 5 6 11 6
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 56 5 17 22 12 +14 5 0 0 0 5
1978-79
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 8 16 24 50 -38
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 7 0 0 0 4 -2
NHL Totals 666 151 305 456 346 72 27 41 68 33


AHL First All-Star Team (1970)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1970)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL - Leading Scorer) (1970)
Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for future considerations (Bill Collins, June 10, 1970), May 22, 1970. Traded to NY Islanders by Minnesota for Craig Cameron, January 7, 1975.
Sat out entire 1978-79 season to become a free agent. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, October 5, 1979.