Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michel Parizeau
Michel Parizeau was born April 9, 1948 in Montreal, Quebec. The 3rd choice, 10th overall selection of the New York Rangers in the 1965 NHL Entry Draft, Parizeau is a graduate of the Montreal Metropolitan Junior Hockey League's Montreal Metros and of the Quebec Junior Hockey League's Drummondville Rangers.

The Montreal, Quebec native spent three seasons with the Rangers leading them to the 1968 Memorial Cup tournament before making his minor pro debut with the Central Hockey League's Omaha Knights in 1968-69.

In his three seasons with the Knights, Parizeau went on to earn CHL First Team All-Star honors in 1971 while establishing a career high in goals (35) assists (49) and points (84) before being claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the 1971 Intra-League Draft.

Parizeau went on to play 21 games with the Blues before he claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers early into the 1971-72 season. Even though he was a member of the Flyers at the time, Parizeau was selected by the World Hockey Association's Quebec Nordiques in the 1972 WHA General Player Draft.

Following the 1971-72 season, Parizeau went on to suit up for the Nordiques spent three and half seasons with the team leading them to the 1975 Avco Cup finals, only to be swept in four straight games by Gordie Howe's Houston Aeros.

In 1976 the Nordiques traded Parizeau to the WHA's Indianapolis Racers midway through the 1975-76 WHA season. Parizeau spent three and half seasons in Indianapolis with the Racers and was teammates with future NHL Superstar and Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky during Gretzky's brief stay in Indianapolis in 1978-79.

Early into the 1978-79 season, Parizeau signed as a free agent with the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers after the Indianapolis franchise folded in December of 1978.

Parizeau went on to finish the 1978-79 season with the Stingers before deciding to put an end to playing career and accept the job as head coach of the AHL's Syracuse Firebirds.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Montreal Metros MMJHL
1965-66 Drummondville Rangers QJHL
1966-67 Drummondville Rangers QJHL 45 23 45 68 51 3 2 1 3 0
1967-68 Drummondville Rangers QJHL 50 29 62 91 62 10 7 12 19 2
1967-68 Drummondville Rangers M-Cup 4 2 4 6 0
1968-69 Omaha Knights CHL 71 22 39 61 20 7 1 3 4 0
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 71 13 16 29 30 12 7 3 10 9
1970-71 Omaha Knights CHL 72 35 49 84 43 11 4 7 11 11
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 1 2 3 8 -1
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 2 12 14 10 -6
1972-73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 75 25 48 73 50
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 78 26 34 60 39
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 78 28 46 74 69 15 2 4 6 10
1975-76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 58 12 27 39 22
1975-76 Indianapolis Racers WHA 23 13 15 28 20 7 4 4 8 6
1976-77 Indianapolis Racers WHA 75 18 37 55 39 8 3 6 9 8
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 70 13 27 40 47
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 22 4 9 13 4
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 30 3 9 12 28 3 1 0 1 0
1979-80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL
NHL Totals 58 3 14 17 18


CHL First All-Star Team (1971) Claimed by St. Louis from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from St. Louis, December 8, 1971. Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for Michel Dubois, Bill Prentice and Bob Fitchner, February, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (WHA) after Indianapolis (WHA) franchise folded, December 15, 1978.
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