Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rip Riopelle
Rip Riopelle was born January 30, 1922 in Ottawa, Ontario. A 5'11", 165 lbs. left winger out of St. Malachi's Collegiate High School, Riopelle made his NHL debut during the 1947-48 season with the Montreal Canadiens.

Following his season at St. Malachi's Collegiate, Riopelle was a member of the Ottawa Lasalle of the Ottawa City Junior Hockey League and briefly of the Ottawa City Hockey League in 1937-38. Riopelle spent only one season with the Ottawa Lasalle before he joined the Ottawa St. Pats (OCJHL) from the 1938 to 1942.

Although he spent four years with the St. Pats, Riopelle played one game with the Ottawa Car Bombers of the Upper Ottawa Valley Hockey League during the 1940-41 season. After spending the last five years playing in the Ottawa Valley, Rip Riopelle journeyed to Toronto where he was a member of the Toronto Royal Canadian Air Force team that competed in the Ontario Hockey Association Senior "A" Hockey League.

In 1943-44, Riopelle returned to the Ottawa Valley, joining the Arnprior Royal Canadian Air Force of the UOVHL, before stepping away from the game the following year for his military service. Riopelle returned to the game for the 1945-46 season as a member of the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League and spent the next two years as a member of the Royals leading them to the 1947 Allan Cup championship.

The 1947-48 season marked the debut of Riopelle in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. For the next three seasons, Rip Riopelle was teammates with future Hall of Famers Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Elmer Lach and Hector "Toe" Blake. In his three seasons with Montreal, Riopelle played in 169 career regular season games before having to step away from the game for the entire 1950-51 season recovering from a back injury.

In the fall of 1951, Riopelle was traded to the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Major Hockey League where he spent the last four years of his career. A QMHL Second Team All-Star in 1953, a QHL First Team All-Star in 1954 and the winner of the 1954 President's Cup as the QHL scoring champion, Riopelle played in only 20 games in 1954-55 before he retired from the game at the end of the season.

Rip Riopelle played in 169 regular season and eight career playoff games, scoring 28 goals and adding 17 assists for 45 career NHL points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 St. Malachi's Collegiate High-ON
1937-38 Ottawa Lasalle OCJHL 13 7 2 9 4
1937-38 Ottawa Lasalle OCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL
1939-40 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL
1940-41 Ottawa St. Pats OCHL
1940-41 Ottawa Car Bombers UOVHL 1 0 1 1 2
1941-42 Ottawa St. Pats OCJHL 5 2 5 7 2
1942-43 Toronto RCAF OHA-Sr. 10 14 6 20 2 9 5 4 9 2
1943-44 Arnprior RCAF UOVHL 5 6 6 12 2
1944-45
1945-46 Montreal Royals QSHL 36 20 21 41 16 11 7 6 13 4
1946-47 Montreal Royals QSHL 34 10 19 29 26 11 3 6 9 4
1946-47 Montreal Royals Al-Cup 14 0 6 6 8
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 5 2 7 12
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 10 6 16 34 7 1 1 2 2
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 12 8 20 27 1 0 0 0 0
1950-51
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QMHL 54 18 28 46 18 7 1 4 5 0
1952-53 Ottawa Senators QMHL 60 20 31 51 20 11 3 7 10 4
1953-54 Ottawa Senators QHL 72 31 60 91 46 22 3 9 12 4
1954-55 Ottawa Senators QHL 20 4 4 8 12
NHL Totals 169 27 16 43 73 8 1 1 2 2


QMHL Second All-Star Team (1953)
QHL First All-Star Team (1954)
President's Cup (QHL - Scoring Champion) (1954)
Missed entire 1950-51 due to back injury, June, 1950. Traded to Ottawa (QMHL) by Montreal for cash, October 4, 1951.
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