Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean Pronovost
Jean Pronovost was the eleventh of 12 children. His older brother, Marcel, had already hit the road to a successful career in pro hockey by the time young Jean laced up a set of blades. But nonetheless, big brother Marcel remained Jean's idol even though he was not present to oversee his development in hockey.

Having an all-star defenseman for a brother convinced the younger Pronovost that playing a well-rounded brand of hockey with defense as a foundation was the best way to insure success. The first fruits came while skating for the Niagara Falls Flyers where, in his first season with the club, they beat the Edmonton Oil Kings to take the Memorial Cup in 1965. Pronovost remained with the club for an additional year before joining the Boston Bruins' affiliate in Oklahoma City. There, the winning trend continued as the Blazers won the Adams Cup as champions of the CHL.

In 1968, however, the Bruins committed a serious error when they sold Pronovost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Pens, his full potential came to the surface. Over the next ten seasons, he was a pillar of consistency, cruising his lane with speed and determination, defending against foes, digging into corners, making smart passes, and picking up the big goals.

In 1975-76, on a line with Syl Apps, Jr. and Lowell McDonald, he achieved the pinnacle of his career when he scored 52 goals in 80 games. In 1978, Pronovost was traded to the Atlanta Flames for Gregg Sheppard. In Georgia, Pronovost continued to play his usual rock-solid, two-way game. But the club failed to generate even a hint of contending for the Cup?the one elusive achievement lacking in his career. He noted that the Flames had talent, but they appeared, from his perspective, to lack the necessary desire to win.

Pronovost's final two NHL seasons were spent with the Washington Capitals where, unlike Atlanta, the club had loads of desire but not enough talent to travel up the standings. As such, he toiled for a season and a half, jumped down to the AHL's Hershey Bears for 69 games and then retired from hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 9 8 4 12 4
1963-64 Victoriaville Bruins M-Cup 3 0 0 0
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 54 30 40 70 40 11 4 8 12 8
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 13 7 12 19 2
1965-66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 48 18 34 52 47
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 68 21 24 45 81 11 5 2 7 12
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 49 25 25 50 41 7 3 4 7 6
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 16 25 41 41 -4
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 20 21 41 45 -2 10 3 4 7 2
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 21 24 45 35 +8
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 30 23 53 12 +15 4 1 1 2 0
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 21 22 43 16 -15
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 40 32 72 22 +9
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 43 32 75 37 +13 9 3 3 6 6
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 52 52 104 24 +16 3 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 33 31 64 24 +8 3 2 1 3 2
1976-77 Canada WEC-A 7 2 2 4 0
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 40 25 65 50 -16
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 2 3 5 0
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 75 28 39 67 30 +21 2 2 0 2 0
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 24 19 43 12 +12 4 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 80 22 36 58 61 -9
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 10 1 2 3 4 -7
1981-82 Hershey Bears AHL 64 35 31 66 18 5 1 1 2 0
1982-1988
1988-1994 McGill Redmen OUAA
1994-1996 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL
1996-1998 Quebec Rafales IHL
NHL Totals 998 391 383 774 413 35 11 9 20 14


Brother of Marcel and Claude Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978) 1963-64 Victoriaville (QJHL) statistics are playoff totals only. Regular season totals unavailable. Traded to Pittsburgh by Boston with John Arbour for cash, May 21, 1968. Traded to Atlanta by Pittsburgh for Gregg Sheppard, September 6, 1978. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 23, 1980. Traded to Washington by Calgary for cash, July 1, 1980.