Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yves Belanger
Netminder Yves Belanger was a solid reserve during an NHL career that lasted parts of six seasons. He was an outstanding junior and minor pro player but never attained the same level of success in the big leagues.

The native of Baie Comeau, Quebec was one of the top backstoppers in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke Castors. Undrafted, Belanger signed with the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders in August 1972 but spent his first two pro seasons in the minors. As a rookie pro with the Syracuse Blazers he led the Eastern League with five shutouts and was presented the George L. Davis. Jr. Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league. In 1973-74, he faced tougher shooters as a member of the AHL's Jacksonville Barons but still showed plenty of promise.

Prior to the 1974-75 season Belanger was acquired by the St. Louis Blues. He spent most of the year with the Denver Spurs of the CHL but won six games and recorded a shutout in eleven appearances with the parent club. Belanger played 31 games in 1975-76 when he split the goalkeeping chores with veteran Eddie Johnston. The Blues were high on youngster Ed Staniowski, so Belanger played most of his hockey with the Kansas City Blues of the CHL in 1976-77. He recorded a fine 21-4-4 record and shared the Terry Sawchuk Trophy with Gord McRae for allowing the few goals in the league. Belanger was sent to the Atlanta Flames early in the 1976-77 season where he hoped to gain a new lease on life.

Belanger posted a 7-8-0 record and notched a shutout for Atlanta but was unable to gain a permanent spot in the club's plans. He played eight games for the Boston Bruins in 1979-80 but spent most of his time guarding the cage for the AHL's Binghamton Whalers. The veteran spent three years in the North Shore New Brunswick senior circuit before retiring in 1983.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 50 20 25 2 1 4.87
1970-71 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 49 22 17 0 0 4.72 9 2 5 1 0 6.53
1971-72 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 43 19 19 0 2 4.95 1 0 0 0 0 6.13
1972-73 Syracuse Blazers EHL 38 5 2.39 7 7 0 0 1 1.51
1973-74 Jacksonville Barons AHL 54 17 27 4 0 4.15
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 6 3 2 1 2.72
1974-75 Denver Spurs CHL 36 19 13 3 0 3.06
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 11 17 1 0 3.85
1975-76 Providence Reds AHL 10 3 4 3 0 3.58 2 0 2 0 0 4.00
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 2 0 0 0 3.00
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 31 21 4 4 1 2.73
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 3 0 0 6.25
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 17 7 8 0 1 3.52
1977-78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 9 5 3 0 1 2.44
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 5 1 2 0 0 6.92
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 22 4 14 1 0 5.25
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 8 2 0 3 0 3.48
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 25 7 13 1 0 4.27
1980-81 Charlottetown Islanders NBSHL
1981-82 Cap Pele Caps NBIHA 22 1 3.19
1982-83 Cap Pele Caps NBIHA 21 0 3.96 7 3 4 0 0 2.72
1983-84 Charlottetown GJs NBSHL
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87 Charlottetown Islanders NBSHL 2 2 0 0 0 3.00
NHL Totals 78 29 33 6 2 3.75


EHL South First All-Star Team (1973)
George L. Davis Jr. Trophy (fewest goals against - EHL) (1973)
CHL First All-Star Team (1977)
Terry Sawchuk Trophy (fewest goals against - CHL) (1977) (tied with Gord McRae)
Signed as a free agent by Cleveland (WHA), August, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by Cleveland (WHA) for cash, August, 1974. Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis with Bob MacMillan, Dick Redmond and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Mike Perovich) in 1979 Entry Draft for Phil Myre, Curt Bennett and Barry Gibbs, December 12, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 8, 1979.