Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yvon Vautour
The New York Islanders drafted Yvon Vautour 104th overall in the 1976 Amateur Draft. The junior hockey teammate of Mike Bossy in Laval was sent to Muskegon, of the IHL for his first professional season. For the post-season he was assigned to the CHL Fort Worth Texans and got into two playoff games. The following two seasons he played for Ft. Worth, establishing himself as a rugged winger. During his time with the Texans the team won an Adams Cup and a League championship in 1978.

His first taste of the NHL came in 1979-80 with the Islanders. Vautour got into 17 games during the season but was not in the lineup for the Islanders march to the Stanley Cup. The big club had assigned him to Indianapolis for the CHL playoffs.

On October 6, 1980, the Colorado Rockies claimed Vautour in the Waiver Draft. For the first time, he played a full NHL season, notching career highs in goals, assists, and points. His tough, grinding style worked well with the Rockies but caused problems later in his career.

The first problem happened on November 28, 1981 in St. Louis. Vautour tangled with Jim Pavese, of the Blues, and emerged from the fight with a dislocated left shoulder. After just 14 games he was through for the season. He moved in the off-season with the club to New Jersey when the Rockies relocated. He spent most of the 1982-83 season with the newly named Devils but did spend some time in the minors, a pattern that continued in 1983-84.

Vautour signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques on October 18, 1984. He played five games with the Nordiques. The rest of the season was spent in Fredericton of the American Hockey League. After his release from Quebec he played in the New Brunswick Senior league. Sadly, he did not play a single playoff game at the NHL level.

Following his playing career, Vautour went into coaching. His St. John Midget “AAA” Flames team made an appearance in the 1998 Air Canada Cup championship. In September 2000 he was named assistant coach to Jim Playfair on the AHL St. John Flames Hockey Club. The following spring the team claimed the Calder Cup.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Saint John Schooners NBJHL 40 13 15 28 96
1972-73 Saint John Schooners NBJHL 40 42 31 73 85
1973-74 Laval National QMJHL 61 38 39 77 118 11 12 7 19 7
1974-75 Laval National QMJHL 56 34 37 71 67 16 15 7 22 67
1975-76 Laval National QMJHL 72 43 60 103 61
1976-77 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 76 43 47 90 52 7 3 4 7 2
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 64 14 21 35 84 14 2 6 8 16
1978-79 Fort Worth Texans CHL 69 20 20 40 130 5 2 1 3 15
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 17 3 1 4 24 -6
1979-80 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 59 27 28 55 140 7 2 5 7 11
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 74 15 19 34 143 -20
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 14 1 2 3 18 -6
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 52 4 7 11 136 -19
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 14 7 5 12 25
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 4 3 0 3 0
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 3 4 7 78 -18
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 24 8 12 20 117
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 5 0 0 0 2 0
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 68 7 20 27 222 4 1 1 2 26
1985-1987
1987-88 Saint John Schooners NBSHL 28 17 11 28 98
1988-89 Saint John Vitos NBSHL 27 17 25 42 118 4 11 15
1989-90 Saint John Vitos NBSHL 26 5 11 16 182
NHL Totals 204 26 33 59 401


Claimed by NY Islanders as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Claimed by Colorado from NY Islanders in Waiver Draft, October 8, 1980. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Quebec, October 18, 1984.
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