Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andre Savard
The 1973 NHL Amateur Draft was touted as one of the most rich in talent since its creation. Denis Potvin went first overall to the Islanders, followed by such greats as Lanny McDonald, Bob Gainey, and Rick Middleton. With the sixth pick overall, the Boston Bruins selected Andre Savard from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

Savard lead the league in the 1972-73 season with 151 points in 56 games as well as all players in the playoffs with 24 assists and 42 assists in only 15 playoff games. After being drafted, he quickly made the jump to the NHL the next season with the Bruins. He joined a very talented team that boasted the top four scorers in the NHL in 1973-74: Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Ken Hodge, and Wayne Cashman.

After only three seasons in Boston, Savard signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres in 1976. He spent seven seasons in Buffalo collecting a career high in goals, assists, and points for the 1980-81 campaign with 31, 43, and 74 respectfully in 79 games played. Savard was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in 1983 where he stayed until the end of his playing career in 1985 when he retired because of a serious knee injury.

He returned to Quebec's AHL affiliate team the Fredericton Express as its general manager and coach. He made the return to the NHL as the Nordiques' head coach for the 1987-88 season. It was a short-lived stay as he was let go after only 24 games and a losing record.

Savard joined the Montreal Canadiens in July 2000 as the director of hockey personnel and was promoted to the position of general manager in November of the same year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 D'amos Cometes QAAA
1969-70 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 56 23 60 83 126 14 9 13 22 30
1969-70 Quebec Remparts M-Cup 12 8 9 17 37
1970-71 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 61 50 89 139 150 14 9 17 26 56
1970-71 Quebec Remparts M-Cup 6 2 7 9 9
1971-72 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 33 32 46 78 103
1972-73 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 56 67 84 151 147 15 18 24 42 33
1972-73 Quebec Remparts M-Cup 3 2 3 5 18
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 72 16 14 30 39 +16 16 3 2 5 24
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 77 19 25 44 45 +16 3 1 1 2 2
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 79 17 23 40 60 +4 12 1 4 5 9
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 25 35 60 30 +9 6 0 1 1 2
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 19 20 39 40 +1 6 0 0 0 4
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 18 22 40 20 +2 3 0 2 2 2
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 33 3 10 13 16 +4 8 1 1 2 2
1979-80 Rochester Americans AHL 25 11 17 28 4
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 31 43 74 63 +32 8 4 2 6 17
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 18 20 38 24 +5 4 0 1 1 5
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 16 25 41 28 +11 10 0 4 4 8
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 60 20 24 44 38 +17 9 3 0 3 2
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 9 10 19 8 -3
1985-1987 Fredericton Express AHL
1987-1988 Quebec Nordiques NHLMGNT
1988-1991 Quebec Nordiques NHLMGNT
1991-1994 Quebec Nordiques NHLMGNT
1994-1999 Ottawa Senators NHLMGNT
1999-2000 Ottawa Senators NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 790 211 271 482 411 85 13 18 31 77


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1971)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1973)
QMJHL MVP (1973)
Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, June 11, 1976. Traded to Quebec by Buffalo with Tony McKegney, Jean-Francois Sauve and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Iiro Jarvi) in 1983 Entry Draft for Real Cloutier and Quebec's 1st round choice (Adam Creighton) in 1983 Entry Draft, June 8, 1983.