Goaltender Lionel Bouvrette is one of the many former players who fit in the category of "One-Game Wonders" in the NHL.
For Bouvrette, who grew up near Ottawa, Ontario, his NHL career was short and perhaps not so sweet. During the 1942-43 season, with many regular NHL stars off fighting in World War II, he suited up for one contest as a member of the New York Rangers, the result being a 6-0 loss. Bill Beveridge, Steve Buzinski and Jimmy Franks were the others who tended goal for New York that season. In fact, Bouvrette's rights were owned by the Montreal Canadiens, but they agreed to loan him to the Rangers to fill in for the injured Franks.
Bouvrette himself missed some playing time due to the war effort, but eventually returned to the ice as a member of the Quebec Aces in the QSHL. In 31 games, Bouvrette had one shutout and posted a 3.71 gaa in 1944-45. He led the QSHL three times in shutouts, once as a member of the Montreal Concordia and twice with the Aces and in 1944 was the recipient of the Vimy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the QSHL.
After playing just eight games in 1946-47, Bouvrette retired from professional hockey at the age of 32.