Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean Gauthier
Defenceman Jean Gauthier was a journeyman who spread his 166 NHL games over ten seasons and three different teams. He spent most of his pro career as a farmhand and injury replacement for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Montreal native played junior with the St. Boniface Canadians of the Manitoba Junior League and the Fort William Canadians of the Thunder Bay junior loop. The parent Montreal Canadiens oversaw his development for three more years with the Kingston CKLC's and Hull-Ottawa Canadiens before bringing him up to the NHL for a four game trial in 1960-61. He continued to see most of his ice time with Hull-Ottawa until he played 65 games for the Habs in 1962-63. Gauthier was unable to keep his place and was returned to the minors where he spent most of his time for the next four years. During this period he was a mainstay in the Central League with the Omaha Knights and Houston Apollos and was named to the league's first all-star team in 1965 and second team the next year.

In June, 1967, the veteran rearguard was claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. He provided stability and leadership on the club's defence but was plucked by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League Draft after the season. Gauthier played most of the 1968-69 season in the AHL then returned to the Habs as a farmhand for two more years. In 1972-73, he joined the New York Raiders of the newly founded WHA then played a year with the AHL's Rochester Americans before retiring in 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 23 1 9 10 99 4 2 1 3 27
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 6 0 2 2 10
1956-57 Fort William Canadiens TBJHL 9 16 25 133
1956-57 Fort William Canadiens M-Cup 12 1 5 6 28
1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 7 0 4 4 14
1957-58 Kingston CKLC's EOHL 46 8 20 28 118 7 0 3 3 12
1958-59 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 52 5 5 10 110 8 2 3 5 29
1959-60 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 68 2 23 25 152 7 0 1 1 8
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 8
1960-61 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 64 8 13 21 138 14 0 5 5 42
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 1 1 10
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 47 11 20 31 85 13 5 4 9 38
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 1 17 18 46 5 0 0 0 12
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 29 3 7 10 58 9 1 2 3 4
1964-65 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 14 37 51 182 6 4 1 5 10
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 4
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 3 3 4
1965-66 Houston Apollos CPHL 66 13 9 22 4
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Seattle Totems WHL 69 9 22 31 68 10 1 3 4 12
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 5 7 12 74 0 7 1 3 4 6
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 2 2 8 -2
1968-69 Providence Reds AHL 39 5 14 19 58
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 0 0
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 54 6 22 28 70 8 3 2 5 18
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 52 3 19 22 80 3 0 1 1 2
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 3 37 40 104 18 5 7 12 38
1972-73 New York Raiders WHA 31 2 1 3 21
1972-73 Long Island Ducks EHL 4 1 1 2 10
1973-74 Rochester Americans AHL 41 3 9 12 63 5 0 2 2 6
NHL Totals 166 6 29 35 150 14 1 3 4 22


CPHL First All-Star Team (1965)
CPHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
Loaned to Flin Flon (SJHL) by Fort William (TBJHL) for Memorial Cup playoffs, March, 1957. Claimed by Philadelphia from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Claimed by Boston from Philadelphia in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Claimed by Cleveland (AHL) from Boston (Oklahoma City - CHL) in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1969. Traded to Montreal by Cleveland (AHL) for cash, October, 1969. Selected by Dayton-Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 13, 1972. WHA rights traded to NY Raiders (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for cash and future considerations, August, 1972.