Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Noel
Claude Noel was an offensive-minded centre who played seven games for the Washington Capitals in 1979-80. Although his NHL career was short-lived he accumulated plenty of points in the AHL and IHL.

The native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario played tier II hockey with the North Bay Trappers before joining the OHA's Kitchener Rangers on 1974-75. The next year he scored 61 points in his first year as a pro with the North American League's Buffalo Norsemen. Beginning in 1976-77 he was a regular contributor to the Hershey Bears' offense for five years and helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1980. During this time he was signed by the Capitals as a free agent but only saw spot duty in seven contests.

Noel played five IHL seasons in the 80s and also sat out two years. In 1983 he scored 124 points in the regular season then led all scorers with 15 assists in 11 games while helping the Toledo Goaldiggers win the Turner Cup. Noel retired in 1988 after playing one last year with the Milwaukee Admirals of the "I".

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 North Bay Trappers ON-Jr.A 44 19 43 62 35
1974-75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 70 14 37 51 28
1975-76 Buffalo Norsemen NAPro 74 19 42 61 27 4 1 1 2 2
1976-77 Hershey Bears AHL 80 14 32 46 19 6 2 1 3 0
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 65 13 25 38 18
1978-79 Hershey Bears AHL 76 30 50 80 27 4 1 4 5 0
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 0 -3
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 68 24 38 62 18 16 9 10 19 6
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 64 14 44 58 50 10 2 2 4 14
1981-82 SC Bern Swiss 26 12 12 24 40
1982-83 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 82 42 82 124 41 11 3 15 18 4
1983-84 Salzburg EC Austria-2 26 31 47 78 28
1984-85 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 74 16 56 72 30 6 1 2 3 2
1985-86 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 12 1 7 8 4
1985-86 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 71 15 38 53 18 6 2 4 6 2
1986-87 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 80 33 37 70 28 5 1 2 3 0
1987-88 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 56 8 34 42 18
NHL Totals 7 0 0 0 0


IHL Second All-Star Team (1983)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL - MVP) (1983)
Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 9, 1979.