Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bep Guidolin
In 1942, with World War II in full rage, 16 year-old Armand Guidolin was too young to carry a rifle but old enough and skilled enough to become the youngest player to ever make the ranks of the NHL. The Boston Bruins were in dire need of replacements to fill the roster holes created by so many players leaving for military service. Young Guidolin filled the bill with some surprising success.

In his second season, he tallied 42 points in 47 games. By then he'd become known as "Bep" because broadcaster Foster Hewitt didn't want to tangle his tongue around Guidolin's birth-given name. But by 1944, his eligibility for military service brought a one-year break from his NHL career.

In 1945, Guidolin picked up where he left off this time against stronger lineups across the league. But his 175-pounds of raw muscle was up to the task. He continued to score at a respectable pace for two more seasons with the Bruins before trades took him to Detroit and on the his final NHL stop in Chicago.

With the Blackhawks, Guidolin put up his best single-season numbers, netting 17 goals and 34 assist. But his ardent support for the formation of a player's union brought on an early demise to his tenure in the NHL.

In 1952, he embarked on a lengthy stay in the minors, skating for nine different teams over nine years. He then retired from the ice in 1961 to launch a coaching career with highlights that included: winning an Allan Cup with the Bellville McFarlands; coaching Bobby Orr with the Oshawa Generals in 1965; and coaching the Boston Bruins and the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL.

In November, 2008 Guidolin passed away at the age of 82.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1941-42 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 21 4 13 17 38 11 0 3 3 22
1941-42 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 11 5 5 10 56
1942-43 Boston Bruins NHL 42 7 15 22 43 9 0 4 4 12
1943-44 Boston Bruins NHL 47 17 25 42 58
1944-45 Newmarket Navy TNDHL 7 11 12 23 18 8 9 8 17 23
1944-45 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 18 13 10 23 61 3 2 2 4 10
1944-45 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 2 1 1 2 0
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 50 15 17 32 62 10 5 2 7 13
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 56 10 13 23 73 3 0 1 1 6
1947-48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 12 10 22 78 2 0 0 0 4
1948-49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 56 4 17 21 116
1949-50 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 17 34 51 42
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 12 22 34 56
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 13 18 31 78
1952-53 Syracuse Warriors AHL 23 1 8 9 24 3 0 0 0 8
1952-53 Ottawa Senators QMHL 43 9 24 33 54
1953-54 Ottawa Senators QHL 71 18 38 56 148 22 2 11 13 39
1954-55 Ottawa Senators QHL 19 5 12 17 77
1954-55 North Bay Trappers NOHA 20 8 12 20 40 13 2 6 8 36
1955-56 Val-d'Or Miners Que-Sr.
1955-56 North Bay Trappers NOHA 1 1 2 3 2
1956-57 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 48 16 29 45 156 10 4 3 7 12
1957-58 Windsor Bulldogs NOHA 7 2 6 8 24
1957-58 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 35 12 18 30 60 13 3 10 13 32
1957-58 Belleville McFarlands Al-Cup 13 7 14 21 20
1958-59 Kingston Merchants EOHL 43 11 26 37 62 12 0 4 4 24
1959-60
1960-61 Omaha<196>Indianapolis IHL 64 14 33 47 63
NHL Totals 519 107 171 278 606 24 5 7 12 35


Youngest player (16 years, 11 months) to play in a NHL game, November 12, 1942. (Toronto 3, Boston 1). Traded to Detroit by Boston for Billy Taylor, October 15, 1947. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Jim Conacher and Doug McCaig for George Gee and Bud Poile, October 25, 1948. Traded to North Bay (NOHA) by Ottawa (QHL) for cash, December 17, 1954.