Camille Henry

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Camille Henry
Camille Henry New York Rangers.jpg
Camille Henry, New York Rangers
Born (1933-01-31)January 31, 1933
Quebec City, QC, CAN
Died September 11, 1997(1997-09-11) (aged 64)
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 152 lb (69 kg; 10 st 12 lb)
Position Centre and Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
New York Rangers
Chicago Black Hawks
St. Louis Blues
AHL
Providence Reds
Buffalo Bisons
Playing career 1953–1970

Joseph Wilfred Camille "The Eel" Henry (January 31, 1933 – September 11, 1997) was a professional Canadian ice hockey left winger who played for the New York Rangers, the Chicago Black Hawks and the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Quebec City, Henry, nicknamed 'The Eel' played in the Quebec Junior Hockey League with the Quebec Citadelles during his junior career. Henry led the league in goals in 1951-52 with 52 goals and in 1952-53 with 46 goals. He also led the league in point scoring in 1951-52 with 114 points and was selected to the QJHL First All-Star Team in 1951-52 and in 1952-53. Henry also made an appearance in the 1953 Memorial Cup posting 21 points in 8 games.

Henry made his National Hockey League debut with the New York Rangers in 1953-54. He had his greatest success wearing number 21 for the New York Rangers. At 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) and 150 lb (68 kg), he was the smallest man in the NHL at the time and suffered numerous injuries throughout his career. He was known for his ability to swat the puck out of mid air to score goals. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League rookie of the year beating out Jean Béliveau of the Montreal Canadiens. After playing 21 games with the Rangers the following season, Henry was traded to the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. He was then loaned to the Quebec Aces in the Quebec Hockey League. Henry would return with the Reds in 1955-56, and he led the AHL in goals with 50. Henry would also lead the Reds to a Calder Cup championship and in the process, he scored 10 goals in 9 games to lead all players in playoff scoring.

In 1956-57, Henry returned to the Rangers. He split his time with the Rangers and the Reds that season, before playing for 7 straight seasons with only the Rangers. Camille was selected as a NHL Second All-Star Team left winger in 1957-58, the year he also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for best sportsmanship combined with production. In 1964-65, he was named Captain of the New York Rangers. He also played in the 1958, 1963 and 1964 NHL All-Star Games. In 1964-65, Henry was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Paul Shmyr. Henry played 22 games with the Black Hawks posting 8 points. During that season, Henry also made his first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Black Hawks ended up losing in 7 games to the Montreal Canadiens.

He would return to New York in 1967-68, where he would split his time with the Buffalo Bisons in the AHL. Henry was traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1968-69. He would play 2 seasons with the Blues before retiring.

Post-playing career[edit]

Henry coached the Kansas City Blues of the Central Hockey League in 1969-70 and then coached the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association but he never duplicated his early success.

He was married and divorced from Dominique Michel famed Quebec Chanteuse and Comedienne.

After his retirement he lived in Quebec City and held down security jobs eventually becoming essentially destitute. He was widely considered to have an alcohol consumption problem which was complicated by diabetes. He died shortly after receiving his first reimbursement for the players' pension fund which was awarded by the courts. He eventually ran the Branchbrook ice skating rink in Newark, New Jersey.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1949-50 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 46 25 23 48 26 22 13 12 25 22
1951-52 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 50 55 59 114 59 6 8 4 12 2
1952-53 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 46 46 30 76 43 9 10 8 18 21
1952-53 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 8 14 7 21 2
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 66 24 15 39 10
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 21 5 2 7 4
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 37 20 18 38 2 8 3 1 4 0
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 59 50 41 91 8 9 10 6 16 2
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 36 14 15 29 2 5 2 3 5 0
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 29 31 16 47 8
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 32 24 56 2 6 1 4 5 5
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 70 23 35 58 2
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 49 12 15 27 6
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 53 28 25 53 8
1961-62 New York Rangers NHL 60 23 15 38 8 5 0 0 0 0
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 60 37 23 60 8
1963-64 New York Rangers NHL 69 29 26 55 8
1964-65 New York Rangers NHL 48 21 15 36 20
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 22 5 3 8 2 14 1 0 1 2
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 37 14 22 36 4 5 2 1 3 0
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 36 8 12 20 0 6 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 22 9 10 19 0
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 17 22 39 8 11 2 5 7 0
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 2 3 0
1969-70 Kansas City Blues CHL 15 5 7 12 4
NHL totals 727 279 249 528 88 47 6 12 18 7

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
New York Raiders 1972-73 78 33 43 2 68 6th in WHA East Missed playoffs
New Jersey Knights 1973-74 20 6 12 2 (14) 6th in WHA East Lost in Avco Cup Finals

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Awards
Preceded by
Lorne "Gump" Worsley
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1954
Succeeded by
Ed Litzenberger
Preceded by
Andy Hebenton
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1958
Succeeded by
Alex Delvecchio
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Bathgate
New York Rangers captain
196465
Succeeded by
Bob Nevin