Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Meloche
Gilles Meloche was a talented netminder who appeared in nearly 800 games during the 1970s and '80s. He was a true workhorse who saw action in at least 40 games 13 times in his career. His best years came with the strong Minnesota North Stars clubs in the early '80s.

The Montreal native was selected 70th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks at the 1970 Amateur Draft after a solid junior career with the Verdun Junior Maple Leafs. After starring in 45 games for the Leafs in 1969-70, he was named to the QJHL's first all-star squad. Meloche spent most of the 1970-71 season with the IHL's Flint Generals but had little hope of playing for the parent club who had Tony Esposito and Gary Smith between the pipes.

The young backstopper welcomed the trade that brought him to the defensively weak California Golden Seals. During the 1971-72 season, he created a stir by registering four shutouts and a 3.33 goals against average. He continued to provide goaltending heroics for the next few years including the franchise's two-year relocation to Cleveland.

Following the Barons' merge with the Minnesota North Stars, Meloche started to experience winning. In 1979-80, he backstopped the club to 27 wins and led them to a quarterfinals victory over the Montreal Canadiens which ended their four-Cup dynasty. The next year, he combined with youngster Don Beaupre to form one of the best goalkeeping tandems in the league. Meloche took part in the NHL All-Star Game and won eight playoff games during Minnesota's run to the finals.

Meloche continued to work his share of games for the North Stars through the 1984-85 season. In 1982, he won a bronze medal when he represented Canada at the World Championships and helped Minnesota reach the semi-finals in 1984. He played his last three years with the Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Verdun Maple Leafs QMJHL 46 16 26 1 1 5.00 11 5 6 0 0 3.11
1969-70 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 8 4 4 0 0 4.43
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 2 0 0 0 3.00
1970-71 Flint Generals IHL 33 2 3.34 3 0 3.61
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 56 16 25 13 4 3.33
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 59 12 32 14 1 4.06
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 47 9 33 5 1 4.24
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 47 9 27 10 1 4.03
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 41 12 23 6 1 3.44
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 51 19 24 6 2 3.47
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 54 16 27 8 1 3.77
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 53 20 25 7 2 3.33
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 54 27 20 5 1 3.06 11 5 4 1 3.62
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 1 0 0.00
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 17 14 6 2 3.25 13 8 5 0 3.52
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 51 26 15 9 1 3.47 4 1 2 0 2.61
1981-82 Canada WEC-A 5 3 2 0 1 3.21
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 47 20 13 11 1 3.57 5 2 3 0 3.39
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 52 21 17 8 2 4.18 4 1 2 0 3.30
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 32 10 13 6 0 3.80 8 4 3 1 3.80
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 13 15 5 0 3.59
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 13 19 7 0 3.43
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 8 9 5 0 4.09
NHL Totals 788 270 351 131 20 3.64 45 21 19 2 3.48


QJHL First All-Star Team (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1982) Traded to California by Chicago with Paul Shmyr for Gerry Desjardins, October 18, 1971. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Protected by Minnesota prior to Cleveland - Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for Paul Houck, May 31, 1985. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for Marty McSorley, Tim Hrynewich and future considerations (Craig Muni, October 6, 1986), September 11, 1985.