Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rollie Boutin
Known for his acrobatic style in the crease, goaltender Rollie Boutin was selected 111th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft from the WCHL's Lethbridge Broncos. Despite the fact Boutin posted a very average 64-64-23 record in junior, scouts were impressed by his knack for making the big save at crucial points throughout the game.

Turning professional in 1977, Boutin appeared in 58 games with the Port Huron Flags of the IHL and played his first two NHL games in 1978-79 with Washington, allowing ten goals against in 90 minutes of action. When the 1979-80 began, Boutin was the number-one goaltender with the AHL's Hershey Bears. At the same time, the Capitals were juggling between Wayne Stephenson, Gary Inness and Jim Bedard, none of whom were able to improve the club's defensive prowess. With Boutin sitting at 11-2, and a strong 2.48 gaa, he received the call to join the Caps. His first game that season was a success, with the Caps recording a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the New York Rangers. The first nine games of the year were great for Boutin, who posted a 6-2-1 record. However, the last six games resulted in a 1-5 mark, giving him a final record of 7-7-1 in 18 games. It was a rollercoaster career, and it was basically all over in the span of 18 games.

Boutin played two more games in a Capitals' uniform in 1980-81, and that was it for his NHL career. A 22-game resume, with an official 7-10-1 record. After brief stopovers in the CHL with Birmingham and Salt Lake, Boutin played his last professional season in 1983-84 as a member of the Binghamton Whalers, starting 45 games.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1973-74 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 32 1 3.89
1973-74 Swift Current Broncos WCJHL 1 0 3.00
1974-75 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 39 1 4.43 3 0 3 0 0 3.49
1975-76 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 61 0 4.53 7 0 5.29
1976-77 Lethbridge Broncos WCJHL 59 1 4.45 15 0 4.42
1977-78 Port Huron Flags IHL 58 1 3.85 17 11 6 0 0 4.07
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 0 0 6.67
1978-79 Hershey Bears AHL 30 13 8 5 0 3.88 4 1 3 0 0 4.00
1978-79 Port Huron Flags IHL 9 0 3.10 3 1 1 0 0 3.91
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 18 7 7 1 0 3.50
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 15 11 2 0 0 2.48
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 2 0 0 5.50
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 53 32 15 5 3 3.57 7 5 2 0 1 2.88
1981-82 Hershey Bears AHL 62 27 27 4 1 4.13 3 0 2 0 0 7.30
1982-83 Birmingham South Stars CHL 11 1 8 1 0 4.65
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 14 8 4 1 1 3.20 5 2 2 0 0 5.02
1983-84 Binghamton Whalers AHL 45 23 20 1 3 4.30
NHL Totals 22 7 10 1 0 3.95


AHL Second All-Star Team (1981) Traded to Minnesota by Washington with Wes Jarvis for Robbie Moore and Minnesota's 11th round choice (Anders Huss) in 1983 Entry Draft, August 4, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, December 8, 1983.