Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pascal Rheaume
When Pascal Rheaume's name is mentioned in hockey circles, there tends to be an air of familiarity that inevitable leads to a mention of his sister, Manon Rheaume, the first female goaltender to appear in an NHL exhibition game. As for Pascal, his ascent to the big leagues has had none of the stardust enjoyed, however briefly, by his sister.

He played his junior hockey for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs and the Sherbrooke Faucons of the QMJHL from 1991 to 1993. And although his performance was strong, he was passed over in the NHL draft. Undaunted, he signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils' organization in 1993. He never caught on with the Devils, however, and spent virtually all of his first four pro seasons in the AHL with the Albany River Rats.

In 1997, the St. Louis Blues in the Waiver Draft claimed him. And with the Blues, Rheaume finally got enough game action to confirm that holding onto an NHL level job would not be easy. His attributes include a tremendous level of exuberance that he brings to every shift. He is also a sound defensive forward who can play on the wing and at centre. But despite his strengths, a serious shoulder injury in 1999-00 put him out of action for most of the year. Since then, his career aspirations have been curtailed. He has been unable to transfer his junior scoring touch to the NHL level.

Rheaume remained with the Blues' organization until 2001. It was at that time that he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. After starting the 2001-02 campaign with the Blackhawks, Rheaume was dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers after only 19 games in Chicago.

The feisty winger played parts of two seasons with the Thrashers before being acquired by the New Jersey Devils in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season. The trade proved fortuitous for Rheaume as the Devils captured their third Stanley Cup title in nine years. Following a Cup win in New Jersey, Rheaume joined the New York Rangers for the 2003-04 NHL season. Upon his arrival with the Blueshirts, Rheaume went on to split his time with the parent club in New York and its AHL affiliate in Hartford before being claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues prior to the 2004 NHL All-Star game.

In the summer of 2004, Rheaume was re-acquired by the New Jersey Devils and spent the entire 2004-05 season and the early portion of the 2005-06 season with the club's AHL affiliate in Albany before being dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes in November of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 37 20 38 58 25 7 7 1 8 6
1991-92 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 65 17 20 37 86 14 5 4 9 23
1992-93 Sherbrooke Faucons QMJHL 65 28 35 63 88 14 6 5 11 31
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 55 17 18 35 43 5 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 78 19 25 44 46 14 3 6 9 19
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 68 26 42 68 50 4 1 2 3 2
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 51 22 23 45 40 +15 16 2 8 10 16
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 6 9 15 35 +4 10 1 3 4 8
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 9 18 27 24 +10 5 1 0 1 4
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 1 2 6 -2
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 7 1 1 2 4 -3
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 2 0 2 5 -1 3 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 56 23 35 58 63 +17 11 2 4 6 2
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 0 2 2 4 -1
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 42 11 9 20 25 -3
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 56 4 9 13 24 -8
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 21 4 1 5 8 +3 24 1 2 3 13
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 17 0 0 0 5 -3
2003-04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 3 1 0 1 0 0
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 1 3 4 4 -3 3 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Albany River Rats AHL 78 24 25 49 85 -1
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 12 0 0 0 4 -6
2005-06 Albany River Rats AHL 9 2 0 2 9 -6
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 47 13 13 26 35 -6
2006-07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 79 15 32 47 63 -14
2007-08 Vienna Capitals Austria 35 11 18 29 30 7 1 1 2 33
2008-09 Lowell Devils AHL 56 11 19 30 44 -9
2009-10 Flint Generals IHL 73 21 36 57 35 -11 12 6 12 18 14
2009-10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 1 0 1 1 0 +1
NHL Totals 318 39 52 91 144 45 3 6 9 27


Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 1, 1993. Claimed by St. Louis from New Jersey in Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to shoulder surgery, August, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 31, 2001. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Chicago, November 14, 2001. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta for future considerations, February 24, 2003. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 22, 2003. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from NY Rangers, January 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 13, 2004. Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey with Ray Schultz and Steven Spencer for Brad Ference, November 25, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vienna (Austria), August 21, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Lowell (AHL), August 5, 2008.
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