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Vadnais in 1978
September 25, 1945 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
California Golden Seals
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
Carol Marcel Vadnais (born September 25, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1966–67 until 1982–83. Vadnais won two Stanley Cups during his career, in 1968 with the Montreal Canadiens and again in 1972 with the Boston Bruins.
Originally a forward, Vadnais was shifted to defence in his final year of junior hockey with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens. In his first NHL training camp, he made the Montreal Canadiens lineup for the 1966-67 season. While the Canadiens were initially successful in not exposing Vadnais to the 1967 expansion draft, he was left unprotected after the 1967-68 season and would be claimed by the expansion Oakland Seals in the June 1968 interleague draft. He became the Seals' captain in 1971.
In 1972, Vadnais was acquired by the Boston Bruins in an attempt to bolster their blueline for a Stanley Cup run. The Bruins outbid Vadnais' old club Canadiens to secure his services. The move paid off, and Vadnais headed the Bruins' second defence pairing behind Bobby Orr's first unit, which helped the Bruins capture the 1972 Stanley Cup.
Vadnais played 1087 career NHL games and scored 169 goals and 418 assists for 587 points, as well as adding 1813 penalty minutes. In his best statistical season (1974–75), he scored 18 goals and set career highs with 56 assists and 74 points. He represented Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup.
- Ranked No. 52 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
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