Nathan Beaulieu

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Nathan Beaulieu
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Born (1992-12-05) December 5, 1992 (age 21)
Strathroy, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1.25 in (186 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2011
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012–present

Nathan Anthony Richard Beaulieu (born December 5, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Beaulieu helped the Sea Dogs capture the 2011 Memorial Cup, and was named to the tournament's all-star team.

Playing career[edit]

Beaulieu was drafted by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the fourth round (68th overall) of the 2008 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget Draft.[1] When he started his career with the Sea Dogs in 2008, his father, Jacques was the team's head coach. His father was fired by the team and replaced with Gerard Gallant in 2009, an incident which caused Beaulieu to consider leaving the team. He decided to remain with Saint John after speaking with Gallant.[2]

During the 2010–11 QMJHL season, Beaulieu established himself as a top prospect for the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, and was nominated for the Mike Bossy Trophy, awarded to the league's top professional prospect.[3] He lost the award to Sean Couturier.[4] Beaulieu was ranked fifth among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in their final rankings, an improvement from his mid-season ranking of ninth.[5] Saint John captured the QMJHL league championship and moved on to the 2011 Memorial Cup. Beaulieu scored the winning goal in the team's first game of the tournament against the host Mississauga Majors.[2] The Sea Dogs met the Majors again in the championship game of the tournament and won 3-1, to capture the Memorial Cup. After the tournament, Beaulieu was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.[6] The Sea Dogs win was the second Memorial Cup win for the Beaulieu family, as Jacques was an assistant coach with the London Knights when they won in 2005.[7]

During the off-season, Beaulieu works out with Sam Gagner, John Carlson and Cody Hodgson.[5]

Nathan played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens on March 30, 2013 logging 17:17 of ice time.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Beaulieu participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Canada and won the bronze medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 49 2 8 10 14 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 66 12 33 45 40 21 4 12 16 22
2010–11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 65 12 33 45 52 19 4 13 17 26
2011–12 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 53 11 41 52 100 17 4 11 15 32
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 7 24 31 63
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 2 2 0
2013–14 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 57 7 20 27 33
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 0 2 2 8 7 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 23 0 4 4 8 7 0 2 2 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Atlantic WHC17 9th 5 0 2 2 4
2012 Canada WJC 6 0 1 1 16
Junior totals 11 0 3 3 20

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2011 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nathan Beaulieu". Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b Klinkenberg, Marty (2011-05-23). "Beaulieu in pursuit of rare father/son accomplishment". Telegraph Journal. Canada East. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (2011-03-22). "QMJHL Announces finalists for Golden Puck Awards". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  4. ^ Beacon, Bill (2011-04-07). "Islanders, Rocket goalie among QMJHL award winners". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  5. ^ a b "Beaulieu, Nathan". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  6. ^ "MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners". Canadian Hockey League. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Strathroy's Nathan Beaulieu part of Memorial Cup team". Strathroy Age Dispatch. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  8. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jarred Tinordi
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Alex Galchenyuk