David Beauregard

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David Beauregard
Born (1976-01-28) January 28, 1976 (age 40)
Montreal, QB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
CHL team
Former teams
Tulsa Oilers
AHL
 Kentucky Thoroughblades
CHL
 Tulsa Oilers
 Wichita Thunder
ECHL
 Charlotte Checkers
 Greensboro Generals
EIHL
 Manchester Phoenix
 Nottingham Panthers
IHL
 Kansas City Blades
LNAH
 Sorel-Tracy Mission
QMJHL
 Hull Olympiques
 Moncton Alpines
 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
 Shawinigan Cataractes
QSPHL
 St. Jean Mission
Serie A
 HC Valpellice
UHL
 Danbury Trashers
 Flint Generals
 Fort Wayne Komets
 Muskegon Fury
 Port Huron Beacons
 Port Huron Border Cats
 Roanoke Valley Vipers
NHL Draft 271st overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1997–present

David-Alexandre Beauregard (born January 28, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Beauregard has had a remarkable 14-year professional career in the minor leagues.

Early years[edit]

Beauregard was born in Montreal, Quebec. From a very young age Beauregard had been a scorer. When he was seven years old, he scored 230 goals in 43 games. As a junior playing in the QMJHL Beauregard scored 224 points in 190 games; however in his draft year he was only 5 feet 10 inches and weighed 165 pounds - too small to be selected early in the NHL draft. Despite his size, the San Jose Sharks had shown an interest Beauregard and, on June 28, 1994, the Sharks selected him in the 11th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 271st overall.

After being drafted, Beauregard returned to the St. Hyacinthe Lasers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to continue his development. Beauregard believed that his NHL dream was on track, but tragedy struck on October 16, 1994, while playing in a game against the Granby Bisons, Beauregard lost all sight in his left eye after the high stick of Xavier Delisle managed to find the gap in the visor he was wearing. Remarkably, despite this, he still scored on the breakaway.

Because the NHL prohibits anyone who is blind in one eye from signing a contract, Beauregard's NHL dream was over and he was advised to retire from hockey. Refusing to give up the sport he loved, Beauregard made his return to major junior hockey several months later. He has since said “I was one of the worst players on the ice. I’d lost my depth perception and it took me two months to get some sense of where the puck was.”[1]

Despite his poor self-perception, after returning to the Lasers he appeared in another 22 games during the 1994-95 season, scoring points in 12 of them to help the Lasers into the post-season. In the playoffs he scored another four points in five games, and that year he was awarded the organisation's "Humanitarian of the Year" award.

Beauregard continued his junior hockey career in the 1995-96 season with the Moncton Alpines before switching mid-season to the Hull Olympiques. Again he would display his productivity, with the injury to his eye proving little obstruction to his natural goal scoring ability. Between the two teams, he would total 73 points in just over 50 games. He made the post season with the Olympiques where he scored 7 goals and 9 assists in 18 playoff games.

He started his last season of junior eligibility with the Olympiques, but again switched mid-season, this time to join the Shawinigan Cataractes. During this 1996-97 season he was able to secure a five-game tryout with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the AHL. Given only limited ice time, the 21-year-old made the most of it by scoring three points. However with no shots on goal, it was not enough to convince the AHL team to give a professional contract to a player with just one eye. At the end of the 1996-97 season, his junior career was over and the Sharks had by now dropped him from their protected list - but Beauregard continued to pursue a professional career in hockey.

Professional career[edit]

For the 1997-98 season he signed a contract with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. Several times during this season he was called up to the Kansas City Blades of the higher-level International Hockey League where he played in 15 games, but for most of the season he remained with the Thunder where he sored 42 goals and 29 assist for 71 points and the CHL Rookie of the Year award.

Beauregard’s stint with the Blades marked the end of his playing time in the higher minor leagues, but he has never given up on professional hockey. Bouncing around the minor leagues for the next several years, Beauregard skated in the UHL with the Muskegon Fury and Flint Generals during the 1998-99 season; and in the ECHL with the Greensboro Generals and the Charlotte Checkers during the 1999-2000 season. In the 2000-01 season he returned to the UHL, where he played two seasons with the Port Huron Border Cats, before joining the Fort Wayne Komets for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. It was during 2003-04 season that Beauregard even made a brief return to his native Quebec where he played 18 games in the short lived QSMHL with the Saint-Jean Mission.

For the 2004-05 season, Beauregard continued his tour of the UHL, icing for the Port Huron Beacons until the end of the season (when after failing to make the play offs they would move to become the Roanoke Valley Vipers). Beauregard made another brief return to Quebec with the Sorel-Tracy Mission, suiting up just once during the 2004-05 season before following the Beacons' franchise to Roanoake for the 2005-06 season. Beauregard, now a veteran with ten years of professional experience, was the only member of the Vipers to have been selected in the NHL draft.[2] Beauregard’s successful season with the Vipers, with 76 points in 56 games, led to a late season move to the Danbury Trashers organisation where Beauregard starred in the post-season with 23 points in 18 games.

Beauregard left the Trashers in the summer of 2006 following the fraud scandal which enveloped the organisation. He then spent the next two seasons back in the Central Hockey League with his old team the Tulsa Oilers. During the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons he was a regular scorer with the Oilers, although not as prolific as his 50 goals seasons in the UHL.

For the 2008-09 season Beauregard moved into European hockey with the Manchester Phoenix.[3] Beauregard was paired on a line with player-coach Tony Hand, regarded as the greatest British ice hockey player of all time. A career season would follow for Beauregard, and he would amass 107 points in 68 games, a remarkable achievement. Beauregard was regarded by many Phoenix fans as the greatest player ever to wear the shirt and this was recognised by countless post-season awards, including the EIHL's Player of the Season, as well as being selected to the All-Star First Team.[4] Beauregard's play would be a major factor into propelling the Phoenix into both domestic cup finals as well as the post-season. Despite the on-ice success in Manchester, financial problems dogged the Phoenix and in the summer of 2009 the organisation announced that for the 2009-10 season it would ice in the EPL and operate on a much smaller budget. Consequently Beauregard, as well as much of the senior squad, was released.

For the 2009-10 season Beauregard (along with Manchester Phoenix teammate Kenton Smith) travelled to Italy to join the HC Valpellice Bulldogs to play Serie A hockey, but before the season was done he was once again back in the CHL with the Tulsa Oilers.

For the 2010-11 season, Beauregard returned to the UK, signing to ice for the Challenge Cup champions of the EIHL - the Nottingham Panthers.

Beauregard started the 2012-13 season with the Nottingham Panthers, but finished it with the Tulsa Oilers.

The future[edit]

Beauregard has played 14 seasons (and counting) of professional hockey because he was realistic about his hockey career. He knew early on that playing in the NHL was out of the question, but that did not stop him. In a 2005 interview he remarked “I still play because I still love to play. I get up in the morning and I can’t wait to go to practice. The pay is pretty good, and it’s a fine game. I’ll play as long as I can.”[2]

Awards[edit]

  • 1994-95: Humanitarian of the Year (St. Hyacinthe Lasers)
  • 1997-98: CHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2008-09: EIHL's Player of the Season
  • 2008-09: First Team All-Star (EIHL)

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 59 21 35 56 23
1994–95 Saint-Hyacinthe Laser QMJHL 37 24 16 40 22 5 1 3 4 0
1995–96 Moncton Alpines QMJHL 41 34 27 61 54
1995-96 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 15 6 6 12 2 18 7 9 16 8
1996–97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 17 14 6 20 8
1996-97 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 21 13 22 35 24 7 3 4 7 12
1996–97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 5 0 3 3 0
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 15 2 2 4 6
1997–98 Wichita Thunder CHL 57 42 29 71 86 13 3 5 8 31
1998-99 Muskegon Fury UHL 54 31 24 55 30
1998-99 Flint Generals UHL 18 18 8 26 10 12 5 3 8 31
1999–2000 Greensboro Generals ECHL 17 9 7 16 26
1999-2000 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 53 20 20 40 22
2000-01 Port Huron Border Cats UHL 56 33 30 63 31
2001-02 Port Huron Border Cats UHL 69 50 35 85 44
2002-03 Fort Wayne Komets UHL 75 30 17 47 46 12 4 5 9 2
2003-04 Saint-Jean Mission QSPHL 18 17 14 31 10
2003-04 Fort Wayne Komets UHL 57 39 30 69 48 7 1 1 2 0
2004-05 Port Huron Beacons UHL 66 47 29 76 57
2004-05 Sorel-Tracy Mission LNAH 1 2 1 3 0
2005-06 Roanoke Valley Vipers UHL 56 33 43 76 69
2005-06 Danbury Trashers UHL 14 8 9 17 6 18 12 11 23 12
2006–07 Tulsa Oilers CHL 64 39 32 71 50
2007–08 Tulsa Oilers CHL 63 35 36 71 40
2008–09 Manchester Phoenix EIHL 54 44 35 79 30 2 1 1 2 2
2009-10 HC Valpellice Serie A 24 6 15 21 20
2009–10 Tulsa Oilers CHL 16 3 3 6 8
2010–11 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 62 29 33 62 64 4 5 2 7 4
2011-12 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 54 39 29 68 48 1 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 5 1 4 5 2
2012-13 Tulsa Oilers CHL 26 4 12 16 12
Professional totals 911 540 452 992 703 68 31 28 59 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beauregard Shares Koivu's Pain". The Montreal Gazette. 2006-06-04. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. 
  3. ^ "Phoenix Find Their Sniper". Manchester Phoenix. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Clouthier Q&A". Manchester Evening News. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 

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