Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andre Pronovost
When Andre Pronovost came out of junior hockey to join the Montreal Canadiens in 1956, the team had just started their record-setting string of league championships. Stocked with veteran talent like Rocket Richard and Elmer Lach, the club had recently initiated a youth movement that brought Jacques Plante, Dickie Moore, and Claude Provost into the mix. Pronovost joined the club shortly thereafter, teaming up with Provost and Phil Goyette to form the club's third-line defensive unit.

Over the course of the next four seasons, Pronovost and the Canadiens won four straight Stanley Cups. The team was poised to make it five in a row when he got the shock of his life: he'd just been shoved into a free-fall from the pinnacle of the league to the basement-dwelling Boston Bruins in 1960. The impact of the trade brought thoughts of retirement and the possibility of returning to school. But Bruins' coach Lynn Patrick convinced Pronovost to give Boston a go.

His Beantown excursion lasted about two years at which time he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, a club in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. By then, as a veteran, Pronovost decided to revisit the issue of a salary increase, a concern he'd first raised with the Canadiens. As a new recruit, Montreal's GM Frank Selke assured Pronovost that he'd receive an increase in pay only after he'd gained some experience in the league. With that experience then firmly under his belt, he approached the Wings' management for his payoff. But for all of his trials, he received nothing more than a stern warning that there were always two younger players around who could be had for the same price.

Pronovost bit his tongue and continued to perform his defensive duties for the Wings as they came within a hair's breadth of winning the Stanley Cup in 1964. The following season, he was sent to the minors where, other than during a 16-game run with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968, he embarked on a lengthy minor-league career with stops in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Phoenix, Baltimore, Muskegon, and New Jersey. He finally retired from hockey at age 35 in 1971.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QJHL 54 31 46 77 28 8 3 2 5 2
1954-55 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 42 22 13 35 60 5 1 3 4 4
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL
1955-56 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 3 0 1 1 4
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 10 1 4 5 12
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 10 11 21 58 8 1 0 1 4
1956-57 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 7 2 2 4 11
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 16 12 28 55 10 2 0 2 16
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 9 14 23 48 11 2 1 3 6
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 12 19 31 61 8 1 2 3 0
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 1 5 6 4
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 47 11 11 22 30
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 15 8 23 74
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 21 0 2 2 6
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 13 5 18 18 11 1 4 5 6
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 7 16 23 54 14 4 3 7 26
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 1 1 0
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 22 2 5 7 4
1964-65 Memphis Wings CPHL 55 23 38 61 75
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 72 25 21 46 64 3 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 70 25 42 67 85 7 1 1 2 19
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 1 0
1967-68 Memphis South Stars CPHL 60 20 18 38 43 3 2 1 3 0
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 51 18 14 32 31
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 25 1 4 5 2 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 71 50 57 107 55 6 0 3 3 8
1970-71 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 60 18 24 42 24 6 2 0 2 2
1971-72 Jersey Devils EHL 5 2 1 3 2
NHL Totals 556 94 104 198 408 70 11 11 22 58


IHL First All-Star Team (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960) Traded to Boston by Montreal for Jean-Guy Gendron, November 27, 1960. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Forbes Kennedy, December 3, 1962. Claimed by Minnesota from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Phoenix (WHL) for Bob Cunningham, February, 1969.