Gaétan Duchesne

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Gaétan Duchesne
Born (1962-07-11)July 11, 1962
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died April 16, 2007(2007-04-16) (aged 44)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Hershey Bears
Washington Capitals
Quebec Nordiques
Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
Quebec Rafales
NHL Draft 152nd overall, 1981
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1982–1998

Gaétan Joseph Pierre Duchesne (July 11, 1962 – April 16, 2007) was a professional Canadian ice hockey player. Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Duchesne was drafted in 1981 by the Washington Capitals. He played six seasons with the Capitals before being dealt to the Quebec Nordiques in the trade that sent Dale Hunter to the Capitals. He also played for the Minnesota North Stars, helping to guide them to their improbable appearance in the 1991 finals.

He later played for the San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers. In 1,028 NHL games, he scored 179 goals and 254 assists.

He died of a heart attack at only 44 in his native Quebec City.[1][2]

His son, Jeremy Duchesne, is a former goaltending prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Starting in 2008, the Capitals have awarded the Gaetan Duchesne Trophy to the best intra-squad team in training camp scrimmages.[2]

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  1. ^ "One-time Nordique Gaetan Duchesne dead at 44". April 16, 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Gaetan Duchesne Cup". Capitals Insider - Blog. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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