September 29, 1986 |
Alfred, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
|New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2005
Benoît Robert Pouliot (born September 29, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Pouliot grew up in St. Isidore, Ontario. He played for his hometown team, the St. Isidore Eagles, where he was coached by his father, Sylvain. He was later promoted to the AA Eastern Ontario Cobras of the ODMHA where he played up until Bantam. He also saw time in Jr.B. with Les Castors de Clarence Creek.
He was drafted in the 11th round (207th overall) by the Sudbury Wolves in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection after playing for the Eastern Ontario Cobras. The following season he was re-assigned to the Hawkesbury Hawks Jr.A. club of the CJHL - a team his father had played for.
He won the Emms Family Award as the OHL's top of the rookie for the 2004–05 season. On July 30, 2005, he was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild. He was a member of the Canadian team that won the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He finished the 2005–06 season with 65 points in 51 games including 35 goals.
He was signed to a tryout contract with Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, on April 28 and he played there for two games of their semi-final Calder Cup playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals, the farm team of the Nashville Predators. Pouliot was then signed to the Wild on May 1, 2006. He made his NHL debut on November 22, 2006 against the Montreal Canadiens, after which he would return to the Aeros until March 15, 2008.
Pouliot later was placed on the 2008–09 roster at the beginning season. After only recording 11 points in 37 games, Pouliot was sent down the Minnesota Wild's minor league affiliate, the Houston Aeros. On November 23, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Guillaume Latendresse.
On July 1, 2011, Pouliot signed with the Boston Bruins to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
On July 5, 2013, Pouliot signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Rangers.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
- 2004–05 OHL First All-Rookie Team
- 2004–05 OHL Second All-Star Team
- 2004–05 OHL Emms Family Award
- 2004–05 CHL Rookie of the Year
- Won a World Junior gold medal with Team Canada in 2006
|2002–03||Clarence Creek Beavers||EOJHL||38||13||17||30||86||5||0||2||2||8|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||34||8||12||20||15||—||—||—||—||—|
His brothers are also hockey players — David is a defenceman with the St. Isidore Junior C Eagles, and Hugo played for the Hawkesbury Hawks. In 2005, Hugo led them to the CJHL championship, the Fred Page Cup. Now Hugo plays for the Alexandria Jr. B Glens, and the Glens went on to win the EOJBHL championship.
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- "NHL Event Summary". NHL.com. 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- "Bruins sign free agent Benoit Pouliot". Boston.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "The son also rises". Slam Sports. 2005-05-25. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
|OHL Rookie of the Year
|CHL Rookie of the Year
A. J. Thelen
|Minnesota Wild first round draft pick