Boileau began his career with the Verdun LaSalle of the QJHL before moving to Ontario to finish his junior league career. He signed his first professional contract in 1953 and played with the Cincinnati Mohawks. Known for his determined work ethic but also for his temper, Boileau was an established minor league fixture, playing with the Indianapolis Chiefs, Seattle Totems, Hershey Bears, Los Angeles Blades, Seattle Totems, and Fort Wayne Komets. He retired in 1973 at age 40 with over 1000 games of minor league experience.
Boileau played one season in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings. He was head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1973 to 1976. He would also coach the Quebec Nordiques in the World Hockey Association, winning the Avco Cup with this squad in 1978.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|PIT (NHL)||1973–74||28||14||10||4||-||(65)||5th in West||Missed Playoffs|
|PIT (NHL)||1974–75||80||37||28||15||-||89||3rd in Norris||Lost in Second round|
|PIT (NHL)||1975–76||43||15||23||5||-||(82)||3rd in Norris||(Fired)|
|QUE (WHA)||1976–77||81||47||31||3||-||97||1st in East||Won Avco Cup|
|QUE (WHA)||1977–78||80||40||37||3||-||83||4th in WHA||Lost in Second round|
- National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 1974-75 pg. 231
|Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
|Head coach of the Quebec Nordiques
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