Paul Boutilier

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Paul Boutilier
Born (1963-05-03) May 3, 1963 (age 51)
Sydney, NS, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Minnesota North Stars
New York Islanders
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Round 1, 21st overall, 1981
New York Islanders
Playing career 1982–1989

Paul André Boutilier (born May 3, 1963 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played with several National Hockey League teams in the 1980s. He was a member of the 1983 Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Coaching[edit]

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.

Post-hockey[edit]

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 International Marketing at the University of Prince Edward Island[citation needed] and coaches the Dalhousie University hockey program in Halifax.[citation needed]

Awards & honors[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1981 NHL DRAFT PICK - Paul Boutilier". hockeydraftcentral.com. 6 November 2001. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
Preceded by
Brent Sutter
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1981
Succeeded by
Patrick Flatley