Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Beaupre
Netminder Don Beaupre enjoyed a solid NHL career that spanned parts of 17 NHL seasons. He was known for cutting down the angles well and utilizing a cat-like glove hand.

The native of Waterloo, Ontario starred for the OHA's Sudbury Wolves. In 1979-80 he won 28 games and was named to the league's first all-star team. As one of the top rated goalies in the 1980 Entry Draft, Beaupre didn't last very long and was claimed 37th overall by the Minnesota North Stars. He enjoyed a solid training camp and ended up splitting the goalkeeping chores with veteran Gilles Meloche. Beaupre won 18 games in the regular season, participated in the All-Star Game, and played 14 post-season matches when the Stars reached the Stanley Cup finals.

The young netminder's struggled over the next three years, but he still managed to make 98 appearances. In 1983-84 he backstopped Minnesota to an appearance in the semi-finals and played 25 games two years later. By 1988-89, the team declined and Jon Casey played most of the games. Beaupre was traded to the Washington Capitals early that season and played a handful of games for them before being sent down to the AHL. His career was rejuvenated in 1989-90 when he won 23 games in 48 appearances and helped the Caps reach the semi-finals for the first time in franchise history.

Beaupre continued to play well and benefit from Washington's solid defence in the early 1990s. He led the NHL with five shutouts in 1990-91 then won a career-high 29 games the next year. By the mid-'90s, the Capitals were looking to Olaf Kolzig to lead them in goal. Beaupre was shipped to the weak Ottawa Senators where he saw plenty of rubber in 71 games over two seasons. By the time he was traded to Toronto in 1995-96, the veteran's reflexes and confidence were eroded. He retired in 1997 after spending most of the season with St. John's of the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1978-79 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 54 2 4.78 10 0 4.40
1979-80 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 59 28 29 2 0 4.32 9 5 4 0 4.13
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 44 18 14 11 0 3.20 6 4 2 0 4.33
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 11 8 9 0 3.71 2 0 1 0 4.00
1981-82 Nashville South Stars CHL 5 2 3 0 0 5.02
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 36 19 10 5 0 3.58 4 2 2 0 4.90
1982-83 Birmingham South Stars CHL 10 8 2 0 0 3.11
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 16 13 2 0 4.12 13 6 7 1 3.07
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 7 2 5 0 0 4.30
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 31 10 17 3 1 3.69 4 1 1 0 3.91
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 52 25 20 6 1 3.55 5 2 3 0 3.40
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 47 17 20 6 1 3.98
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 10 22 3 0 4.22
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.05
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 3 1 2 0 1 3.02
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 11 5 4 0 1 2.91
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 30 14 12 2 0 3.57
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 2 1 0 0 0 5.27
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 48 23 18 5 2 3.22 8 4 3 0 2.69
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 45 20 18 3 5 2.64 11 5 5 1 2.79
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 2 2 0 0 0 1.50
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 54 29 17 6 1 3.20 7 3 4 0 3.15
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 3 1 1 1 0 3.26
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 58 27 23 5 1 3.31 2 1 1 0 4.54
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 53 24 16 8 2 2.84 8 5 2 1 2.94
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 8 25 3 1 3.36
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 6 23 0 1 3.73
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 0 5 0 0 4.64 2 0 0 0 6.00
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 3 0 0 5.45
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 47 24 16 4 3 2.93
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 4 2 2 0 0 3.27 7 3 4 1 2.32
NHL Totals 667 268 277 75 17 3.45 72 33 31 3 3.34


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1980) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1992) Traded to Washington by Minnesota for the rights to Claudio Scremin, November 1, 1988. Traded to Ottawa by Washington for Ottawa's 5th round choice (Benoit Gratton) in 1995 Entry Draft, January 18, 1995. Traded to NY Islanders by Ottawa with Martin Straka and Bryan Berard for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden, January 23, 1996. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with Kirk Muller to complete transaction that sent Damian Rhodes and Ken Belanger to NY Islanders (January 23, 1996), January 23, 1996.