|Born||July 11, 1962|
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Died|| April 16, 2007 44) (aged|
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for|| Washington Capitals |
Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft|| 152nd overall, 1981 |
Gaétan Joseph Pierre Duchesne (July 11, 1962 – April 16, 2007) was a professional Canadian ice hockey player.
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.
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.
Duchesne died of a heart attack at the age of 44 in Quebec City.
His son, Jeremy Duchesne, is a former goaltending prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers.
|1989–90||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||72||12||8||20||33||7||0||0||0||6|
|1990–91||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||68||9||9||18||18||23||2||3||5||34|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||73||8||15||23||102||7||1||0||1||6|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||84||16||13||29||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||San Jose Sharks||NHL||84||12||18||30||28||14||1||4||5||12|
|1994–95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||33||2||7||9||16||—||—||—||—||—|
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