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 Washington Capitals
Quebec Nordiques
Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 152nd overall, 1981
Washington Capitals
Playing career 19821998

Gaétan Joseph Pierre Duchesne (July 11, 1962 – April 16, 2007) was a professional Canadian ice hockey player.

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Early life

Duchesne was born in Quebec City, Quebec. As a youth, he played in the 1974 and 1975 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Quebec City. [1]

Playing career

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 Stanley Cup Finals.

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

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

Death

Duchesne died of a heart attack at the age of 44 in Quebec City. [3] [2]

Personal life

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

Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1978–79Ste-Foy GouverneursQMAAA2531215
1979–80 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 46928372250229
1980–81 Quebec RempartsQMJHL722745726371456
1981–82 Quebec RempartsQMJHL20000
1981–82 Washington Capitals NHL 749142346
1982–83 Washington CapitalsNHL771819375241124
1982–83 Hershey Bears AHL 11010
1983–84 Washington CapitalsNHL791719362982132
1984–85 Washington CapitalsNHL671523383250117
1985–86 Washington CapitalsNHL8011283939943712
1986–87 Washington CapitalsNHL7417355253730314
1987–88 Quebec Nordiques NHL8024234783
1988–89 Quebec NordiquesNHL708212956
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL72128203370006
1990–91 Minnesota North StarsNHL689918182323534
1991–92 Minnesota North StarsNHL738152310271016
1992–93 Minnesota North StarsNHL8416132930
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL84121830281414512
1994–95 San Jose SharksNHL3327916
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL131230
NHL totals10281792544336178414132797

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References

  1. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. 1 2 "The Gaetan Duchesne Cup". Capitals Insider - WashingtonPost.com Blog. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. "One-time Nordique Gaetan Duchesne dead at 44". CBC.ca. April 16, 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2011.