Rogie Vachon

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Rogie Vachon
Rogie Vachon.jpg
Rogie Vachon pictured in 2008 (photo by Mark Mauno)
Born (1945-09-08) September 8, 1945 (age 68)
Palmarolle, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for AHL
Quebec Aces
NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
National team  Canada
Playing career 1965–1982

Rogatien Rosaire Vachon (born September 8, 1945) is a retired French-Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League.

Montreal Canadiens (1967–1971)[edit]

Vachon entered the National Hockey League in 1967 as a backup goaltender to Gump Worsley on the Montreal Canadiens. He played 11 games during the season, but it was in the playoffs that Vachon started to shine. Vachon played the majority of the games and led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Finals. They ended up losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Vachon now had a permanent spot on the Canadiens roster.

Vachon started the next season with 39 games played. He won 23 games, and won the Vezina Trophy with Worsley. They had a combined 2.26 GAA, the lowest since 1959. Montreal would win the Stanley Cup that season and the season after that. During the 1969–70 season, Worsley was traded to the Minnesota North Stars. Vachon got the top job, but the Canadiens ended up missing the playoffs. In November 1971, after losing his number one status to rookie Ken Dryden, Vachon demanded a trade and he was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Denis DeJordy, Dale Hoganson, Noel Price and Doug Robinson.

Los Angeles Kings (1971–1978)[edit]

It was with the Kings that Vachon had his finest moments of his NHL career. He was runner-up for the 1975 Vezina Trophy. He was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1975 and in 1977. Vachon was named the team MVP four times between 1973 and 1977. In the 1976–77 season, he briefly became the first goaltender to be credited with a goal when the opposing New York Islanders scored on themselves during a delayed penalty; however, after video review, the goal was given to Vic Venasky after it was determined that Vachon was the second-to-last Kings player to touch the puck before it went in the net.[1] Vachon also set many goaltending records in Kings history that still stand to this day. His number 30 was the first number retired by the Kings in a ceremony on February 14, 1985. He has since served in a variety of executive positions with the Los Angeles Kings organization.

Rogie Vachon
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold 1976 Canada Ice hockey

Canada Cup[edit]

In 1976, Vachon was named to represent Canada. Vachon, along with Gerry Cheevers, and Glenn Resch, were the goaltenders for the Canadian team. Vachon earned the top spot, and played in every game during the tournament. He achieved a record of 6 wins and 1 loss, with 2 shutouts and a 1.39 goals against average. His play helped Canada win the tournament, and he was named to the All-Star Team and was named Team MVP.

Later career[edit]

Vachon became a free agent following the 1977–78 season and signed with the Detroit Red Wings. In 1980, he was traded to the Boston Bruins, where he ended his career in 1982.

Legacy[edit]

Known for his great reflexes and quick glove hand, Vachon was considered one of the premier one-on-one goaltenders of his era. He never allowed a goal on a penalty shot in his entire career.

After retiring, Vachon served as general manager of the Kings from 1984 to 1992. He also served as interim head coach of the Kings on three separate occasions. He currently serves as a Royal Ambassador for the Kings organization.

Achievements[edit]

Los Angeles Kings records[edit]

  • Most career games played by a goaltender (389).
  • Most minutes played (22,922).
  • Most career wins (171). (Surpassed by Jonathan Quick on March 22, 2014)
  • Most career losses (148).
  • Most career ties (66) (shared with Kelly Hrudey).
  • Most career shutouts (32).
  • Season lowest GAA (2.24 in 1975) (Surpassed by Jonathan Quick with 1.95 GAA in 2011-2012 season)
  • Most shutouts in a season (8 in 1977) (Surpassed by Jonathan Quick with 10 shutouts in 2011-2012 season)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs MMJHL 29 1740 71 4 2.45
1963–64 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 7 400 29 0 4.35
1964-65 Thetford Mines Aces QJHL 13 10 3 0 780 35 0 2.69
1964-65 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 14 840 58 0 4.14
1965-66 Thetford Mines Aces QJHL 39 25 13 1 2340 117 2 3.00
1965–66 Quebec Aces AHL 10 6 4 0 601 30 0 3.00
1966–67 Houston Apollos CPHL 34 17 12 5 2020 99 2 2.91
1966–67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 11 3 4 1137 47 1 2.48 .915
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 23 13 2 2227 92 4 2.48
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 22 9 3 2051 98 2 2.87
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 31 18 12 3697 162 4 2.63 .917
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 23 12 9 2676 118 2 2.64 .914
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 1 0 20 4 0 12.00
1971–72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 6 18 3 1586 107 0 4.05
1972–73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 22 20 10 3120 148 4 2.85 .931
1973–74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 28 26 10 3751 175 5 2.80
1974–75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 27 14 13 3239 121 6 2.24 .926
1975–76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 26 20 5 3060 160 5 3.14 .891
1976–77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 33 23 12 4059 184 8 2.72 .903
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 29 27 13 4107 196 4 2.86 .891
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 10 27 11 2908 189 0 3.90 .863
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 20 30 8 3474 209 4 3.61 .873
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 53 25 19 6 3021 168 1 3.34 .863
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 38 19 11 6 2165 132 1 3.66 .861
NHL totals 795 355 291 127 46,298 2310 51 2.99

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs MMJHL 18 12 6 1080 57 1 3.17
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs M-Cup 10 7 3 600 34 4 3.40
1964-65 Thetford Mines Aces QJHL 5 1 4 300 30 0 6.00
1965-66 Thetford Mines Aces QJHL 11 7 4 659 31 1 2.82
1966–67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 6 3 555 22 0 2.38
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 1 1 113 4 0 2.12
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 7 1 507 12 1 1.42
1973–74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 4 240 7 0 1.75
1974–75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 1 2 199 7 0 2.11
1975–76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 4 3 438 17 1 2.33
1976–77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 4 5 520 36 0 4.15
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 2 120 11 0 5.50
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 2 164 16 0 5.85
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00
NHL totals 48 23 23 2876 133 2 2.77

International play[edit]

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1976 Canada Can-Cup Gold medal icon.svg 7 6 1 0 432 10 2 1.39
Int'l Senior totals 7 6 1 0 432 10 2 1.39

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Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Los Angeles Kings 1983-84 2 1 0 1 (59) 5th in Smythe (interim; returned to GM's role)
Los Angeles Kings 1987-88 1 0 1 0 (68) 4th in Smythe (interim; returned to GM's role)
Los Angeles Kings 1994-95 7 3 2 2 (41) 4th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Total 10 4 3 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UPI (1977-02-17). "Vachon Didn't Score Goal". The Montreal Gazette. p. 29. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  2. ^ Internet Hockey Database

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Denis DeJordy
and Glenn Hall
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Gump Worsley

1968
Succeeded by
Glenn Hall
and Jacques Plante
Preceded by
George Mcguire
General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings
1984-92
Succeeded by
Nick Beverley
Preceded by
Don Perry
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1984
Succeeded by
Roger Neilson
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1987
Succeeded by
Robbie Ftorek
Preceded by
Barry Melrose
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1995
Succeeded by
Larry Robinson