May 3, 1963 |
Sydney, NS, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||Round 1, 21st overall, 1981
New York Islanders
Paul André Boutilier (born May 3, 1963 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders in 1983. Boutilier was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, but grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Boutilier starred in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke Castors in the early 1980s. In 1982, he helped the team reach the Memorial Cup finals, however his team lost to the Kitchener Rangers. He was named to the tournament all-star team, and was voted a first team all-star by the QMJHL. Chosen 21st overall by the New York Islanders in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft (ahead of such future NHL stars as Chris Chelios and John Vanbiesbrouck), Boutilier split his first full pro season between the Islanders and the CHL's Indianapolis Checkers. He did, however, have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup in 1983 after appearing in two playoff games for the champion Isles. He also attended McGill University during off-seasons.
Boutilier became a regular on the Islanders' blueline in 1984–85 and recorded a career-best 35 points. He scored 34 points the next year and showed a willingness to play rough in his own zone. Over the next four years his play was less consistent. He moved around the league with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, and three different minor pro clubs. He retired in 1990 after spending most of the year in Switzerland with SC Bern.
Boutilier was named St. Mary's (AUAA) assistant coach prior to the 1991-92 season and remained in that position through 1992-93. He was promoted to head coach prior to 1993-94 season and remained in that position through 1996-97.
After retiring from hockey, Boutilier became a regular on the Canadian curling circuit, serving as head of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association. He currently teaches an International Marketing class to 4th year students at The University of Prince Edward Island and is the Hockey Coach of the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax.
Awards & honors
- QMJHL First All-Star Team (1982)
- QMJHL Emile Bouchard Trophy (Defenseman of Year) 1981-82
- Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team (1982)
- AHL First All-Star Team (1989)
- Inducted to Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, 1994
|New York Islanders first round draft pick