Bep Guidolin

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Bep Guidolin
Born (1925-12-09)December 9, 1925
Thorold, ON, CAN
Died November 24, 2008(2008-11-24) (aged 82)
Barrie, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1942–1952

Armand "Bep" Guidolin (December 9, 1925 – November 24, 2008) was a Canadian National Hockey League player. He was born in Thorold, Ontario. He and Eleanor, his wife of 62 years, had four children.

Guidolin stood 5'8" at 175 lbs, and was left shooting left winger in the NHL. He later went onto a coaching career. He was nicknamed "Bep" because his mother spoke Italian and very little English. Armand was the baby of the family and his mother pronounced baby as "beppy". The nickname stuck and was shortened to "Bep". He is the cousin of fellow NHL player and coach Aldo Guidolin.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Guidolin played junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA, playing in the Memorial Cup in 1942. Later that year he became the youngest player (16 years, 11 months) to play in an NHL game, on November 12, 1942.

His quick rise to the NHL was a direct result of World War II. The Boston Bruins were in dire need of replacements to fill the roster holes created by so many players leaving for military service. In 1944, his eligibility for military service brought a one-year break from his NHL career.

Guidolin also played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks. Armand was an ardent supporter for the formation of a players' union, which led to an early demise to his NHL career in 1952. He played for nine years in the minors, then retired to a coaching career.

Coaching career[edit]

Guidolin coached the Belleville McFarlands, winning the Allan Cup in 1958, and the World Championship in 1959. In 1965 he became the coach of this former junior team the Oshawa Generals, featuring 17 year old future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Bobby Orr. He led the Generals to the Memorial Cup finals in 1966 versus the Edmonton Oil Kings. Guidolin later coached the London Knights of the OHL, Boston Bruins and the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association, and the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Firebirds of the American Hockey League. Coached the Timmins Northstars of the Northland Intermediate Hockey League which went on to the Hardy Cup Finals for the All Canadians.

Career statistics[edit]

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1942-43  Boston Bruins               NHL    42    7   15   22   53   9   0   4   4  12
1943-44  Boston Bruins               NHL    47   17   25   42   58  --  --  --  --  --
1945-46  Boston Bruins               NHL    50   15   17   32   62  10   5   2   7  13
1946-47  Boston Bruins               NHL    56   10   13   23   73   3   0   1   1   6
1947-48  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    58   12   10   22   78   2   0   0   0   4
1948-49  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     4    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1948-49  Chicago Black Hawks          NHL    56    4   17   21  116  --  --  --  --  --
1949-50  Chicago Black Hawks          NHL    70   17   34   51   42  --  --  --  --  --
1950-51  Chicago Black Hawks          NHL    69   12   22   34   56  --  --  --  --  --
1951-52  Chicago Black Hawks          NHL    67   13   18   31   78  --  --  --  --  --
1952-53  Syracuse Warriors           AHL    23    1    8    9   24   3   0   0   0   8
1952-53  Ottawa Senators             QSHL   43    9   24   33   54  --  --  --  --  --
1953-54  Ottawa Senators             QHL    71   18   38   56  148  --  --  --  --  --
1954-55  Ottawa Senators             QHL    19    5   12   17   77  --  --  --  --  --
1954-55  North Bay Trappers          NOHA    0    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1956-57  Belleville McFarlands       OHASr   0   16   29   45  156  --  --  --  --  --
1957-58  Windsor Bulldogs            OHASr   7    2    6    8   24  --  --  --  --  --
1957-58  Belleville McFarlands       OHASr   0   12   18   30   60  --  --  --  --  --
1958-59  Kingston Merchants          OHASr   0    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1960-61  Omaha-Indianapolis          IHL    64   14   33   47   63  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        519  107  171  278  616  24   5   7  12  35

Coaching statistics[edit]

NHL[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division Rank Result
Boston Bruins 1972-73 26 20 6 0 (40) 2nd in East Lost in Quarter-Finals
Boston Bruins 1973-74 78 52 17 9 113 1st in East Lost in Cup Finals
Kansas City Scouts 1974-75 80 15 54 11 41 5th in Smythe missed playoffs
Kansas City Scouts 1975-76 45 11 30 4 (26) 5th in Smythe (fired)
Total 229 98 107 24

WHA[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division Rank Result
Edmonton Oilers 1976-77 63 25 36 2 (72) 4th in West (fired)

Minor leagues[edit]

Season  Team                     Lge Type        GP  W  L T OTL  Pct        Result 
1964-65 Windsor Spitfires       OHA-B Head Coach             
1965-66 Oshawa Generals         OHA   Head Coach 48 22 18 8   0 0.542  
1969-70 London Knights          OHA   Head Coach 54 22 25 7   0 0.472  
1970-71 London Knights          OHA   Head Coach 62 19 35 8   0 0.371  
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds  AHL   Head Coach 80 23 49 8   0 0.338 Out of Playoffs     
1981-82 Brantford Alexanders    OHL   Head Coach --------Replaced Mid-Season--------

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

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Bill Hunter
General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers
1976-77
Succeeded by
Brian Conacher
Preceded by
Tom Johnson
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
197274
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Don Cherry
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197475
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Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
1976–77
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