Guy Lapointe

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Guy Lapointe
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1993
Born (1948-03-18) March 18, 1948 (age 66)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
AHL
Montreal Voyageurs
National team  Canada
Playing career 1968–1984

Guy Gerard "Pointu" Lapointe (born March 18, 1948) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League. He currently serves as Coordinator of Amateur Scouting with the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

Career[edit]

Along with defencemen Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, Lapointe was a member of the "Big Three" and played a key role in the Canadiens' winning the Stanley Cup six times in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979. Nicknamed "Pointu", Lapointe was famous for his sense of humour, powerful slapshot and brutal body-checks. One of his most famous pranks is probably the Vaseline coated handshake with prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau as he was visiting the Canadiens' locker room. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1982 and signed with the Boston Bruins the following season. He retired in 1984 following a series of injuries.

Following his retirement, Lapointe became general manager of the Longueuil Chevaliers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, followed by a stint as associate coach with the Quebec Nordiques. He later served as an assistant coach and later as a scout with the Calgary Flames. He is currently coordinator of amateur scouting with the Minnesota Wild, a position he has held since the franchise's inception.

Lapointe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. In 884 NHL games, Lapointe recorded 171 goals and 451 assists for 622 points. He still holds the Montreal Canadiens' record for most goals in a season for a defenceman (28), and most goals for a rookie defenceman (15). His number (#5) will be retired by the Canadiens in 2014-15. Since the #5 is already retired on behalf of Bernie Geoffrion, they will both share the honour.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 51 11 27 38 147
1968–69 Houston Apollos CHL 65 3 15 18 120 3 1 0 1 6
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 4
1969–70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 57 8 30 38 92 8 3 5 8 6
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 15 29 44 107 20 4 5 9 34
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 11 38 49 58 6 0 1 1 0
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 19 35 54 117 17 6 7 13 20
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 13 40 53 63 6 0 2 2 4
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 28 47 75 88 11 6 4 10 4
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 21 47 68 78 13 3 3 6 12
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 25 51 76 53 12 3 9 12 4
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 13 29 42 19 14 1 6 7 16
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 13 42 55 43 10 2 6 8 10
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 6 20 26 29 2 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 1 9 10 79 1 0 0 0 17
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 1 19 20 72
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 0 6 6 4 7 1 0 1 8
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 3 23 26 43 4 0 1 1 9
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 45 2 16 18 34
NHL totals 894 171 451 622 893 123 26 44 70 138

International play[edit]

Early into his NHL career, Lapointe was chosen to play in the historic 1972 Summit Series against the USSR. Lapointe accepted the invitation regardless of the fact his wife would give birth to his first child (Guy Jr.), during the series, while the team was in the USSR. He would compete internationally again for Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1979 Challenge Cup against the Soviets, which replaced that year's All-Star Game.

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