Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Lupien
A towering 6'6" defenceman, Gilles Lupien played over 200 NHL games with three different clubs. He played abrasively in his own zone and cleared the puck out of harm's way on a regular basis.

Born in Lachute, Quebec, Lupien spent four years in the QMJHL with three different franchises. He was taken 33rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1974 Amateur Draft then spent three years developing with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL. Lupien was a solid sixth defenceman on the Habs and was a member of the 1978 and 1979 Stanley Cup teams.

Prior to the 1980-81 season, the towering blueliner was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins but was sent to the Hartford Whalers before the end of the year. He retired as a player in 1982 after spending most of the season with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers. After leaving the game, Lupien became a player agent and one of his first high profile clients was goalie Felix Potvin.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 36 0 5 5 54 15 0 3 3 17
1972-73 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 26 0 5 5 71
1972-73 Montreal Red-White-Blue QMJHL 26 4 4 8 66 4 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 44 3 29 32 268 9 0 3 3 28
1974-75 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 73 6 9 15 316 6 0 0 0 61
1975-76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 56 2 6 8 134 9 0 4 4 29
1976-77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 69 6 16 22 215 12 0 2 2 35
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 1 3 4 108 +19 8 0 0 0 17
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 7 1 2 3 10
1978-79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 1 9 10 124 +33 13 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 1 7 8 109 +13 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 0 1 1 34 -15
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 20 2 4 6 39 -6
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 11 1 4 5 71
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 1 1 2 0
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 53 8 12 20 280 13 2 5 7 58
NHL Totals 226 5 25 30 416 25 0 0 0 21


Claimed by Montreal as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Peter Taglianetti) in 1983 Entry Draft, September 26, 1980. Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh for Hartford's 6th round choice (Paul Edwards) in 1981 Entry Draft, February 20, 1981.