Meloche with the Penguins, April 2012
|Born||July 12, 1950|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Occupation||ice hockey player, coach, scout|
Gilles Emile Meloche (born July 12, 1950) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach, scout and former player. Meloche was a goaltender who played in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently a special assignment scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Until 2013 he was the team's longtime goaltending coach, during which time the team won three Stanley Cups.Meloche was born in Montreal, Quebec.
Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
In ice hockey, the goaltender is the player responsible for preventing the hockey puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goaltender usually plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease. Goaltenders tend to stay at or beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. In today's age of goaltending there are two common styles, butterfly and hybrid. Because of the power of shots, the goaltender wears special equipment designed to protect the body from direct impact. The goalie is one of the most valuable players on the ice, as their performance can greatly change the outcome or score of the game. One-on-one situations, such as breakaways and shootouts, have the tendency to highlight a goaltender's pure skill, or lack thereof. No more than one goaltender is allowed to be on the ice for each team at any given time. Teams are not required to use a goaltender and may instead opt to play with an additional skater, but the defensive disadvantage this poses generally means that the strategy is only used as a desperation maneuver when trailing late in a game or can be used if the opposing team has a delayed penalty.
After playing junior for the Verdun Maple Leafs and loaned for the Quebec Remparts at the Memorial Cup, Meloche was the 70th player chosen in the 1970 amateur draft by the Chicago Black Hawks. His first professional season was spent mostly with Flint in the International League with a two-game stint with Chicago. Chicago was strong in goal with Tony Esposito, so Meloche was dealt to the California Golden Seals, one of the weakest teams in the league. In his first season with the Seals in 1971–72, he recorded a strong goals-against average of 3.33 and four shutouts, including one against the Boston Bruins, then a league powerhouse. The Seals' fortunes continued to worsen but Meloche continued to play well as the club's number one goaltender. He faced a barrage of rubber for another four seasons up to the Seals' relocation to Cleveland. For the next two seasons, Meloche solidly backstopped the Barons, as they were now called, with only a slight improvement in the team.
The Verdun Maple Leafs was the name of three ice hockey clubs that existed in Verdun, Quebec, including a senior hockey team, and two junior teams. The Maple Leafs played home games at the Verdun Auditorium.
There have been two junior ice hockey franchises known as the Quebec Remparts that played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The first edition played from 1969 to 1985; the current franchise has played since 1997. Both franchises were based out of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The current team plays at Videotron Centre. The team is named after the Ramparts of Quebec City.
The 1970 Memorial Cup was the 52nd annual Memorial Cup competition, organized by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) to determine the champion of junior A ice hockey. It was a best-of-seven series between the Montreal Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Hockey Association and the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. Montreal won their third Memorial Cup, defeating Weyburn four games to none.
Following the Barons' merger with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978, Meloche was Minnesota's primary goalie and experienced his greatest success there. He spent eight seasons with the North Stars and appeared in the NHL All-Star game in 1980 and 1982. Minnesota experienced success in the playoffs as well, with an appearance in the finals in 1981 and the semi-finals in 1980 and 1984.
Despite leading the North Stars with 32 starts in the 1984-85 season, the 34-year old Meloche was getting a significant push from fellow netminders Don Beaupre and Rollie Melanson, who was acquired from the New York Islanders during the season. With his contract up and two much younger netminders under contract, Meloche's rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers. With Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog firmly entrenched in the Oilers' net, the trade was an odd fit and not surprisingly, Meloche was on the move again without ever playing a game for Edmonton. Prior to the 1985-86 season the Oilers sent Meloche to Pittsburgh in the deal that landed Marty McSorley in Edmonton.
Donald William Beaupre is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Beaupre in his 17 seasons (1981–1997) in the NHL played for four teams: the Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Meloche spent his final three seasons as the Penguins' starting goalie before retiring following the 1987–88 season.
The 1987–88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. It was an 80-game season with the top four teams in each division advancing to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season would see the Edmonton Oilers win their fourth Stanley Cup in five years by sweeping the Boston Bruins 4–0 in the Stanley Cup Final. In the process of their cup win, Edmonton lost only two games, a record for the "16 wins" playoff format.
In total, Meloche played in 788 NHL regular season games over nineteen seasons with a GAA of 3.64 and 20 shutouts. Largely because of his stint with the dreadful Seals and Barons, he ranks fourth on the list of goalies with most losses with 351, only behind Martin Brodeur, Curtis Joseph and Gump Worsley. He appeared in 45 playoff games and registered a GAA of 3.48 with 2 shutouts.
Martin Pierre Brodeur is a Canadian American professional ice hockey executive and former player. He is the current executive vice president of business development for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). In his 21-season tenure with the Devils, he won three Stanley Cup championships and five Eastern Conference titles in 17 postseason campaigns. He also won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as several other medals with Team Canada in other international competitions. Brodeur is widely regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and in 2017 was named by the league as one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players". He leads the list of goaltenders in wins, losses, shutouts, games played, goals scored, assists, and points earned. He was elected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2018.
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Following his retirement from playing, Meloche served as a Penguins scout from 1989 to 2006 and also served as a goaltending coach/consultant during much of that time. He was on the staff when the Penguins won Stanley Cups in 1991, 1992 and 2009.Meloche and his wife, Sophie, reside in Pittsburgh. His son, Eric, is a professional ice hockey player who played 74 NHL games between 2000 and 2007 for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.
Éric Meloche is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the son of former player Gilles Meloche.
|1969–70||Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs||QMJHL||45||—||—||—||2679||221||1||4.95||.882||11||5||6||654||34||0||3.12||.921|
|1970–71||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||2||2||0||0||120||6||0||3.00||.917||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||California Golden Seals||NHL||56||16||25||13||3121||173||4||3.33||.893||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||California Golden Seals||NHL||59||19||32||14||3473||235||1||4.06||.885||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||California Golden Seals||NHL||47||9||33||5||2800||198||1||4.24||.877||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||California Golden Seals||NHL||47||9||27||10||2771||186||1||4.03||.877||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||California Golden Seals||NHL||41||12||23||6||2440||140||1||3.44||.888||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||53||20||25||7||3118||173||2||3.33||.885||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||54||27||20||5||3141||160||1||3.06||.897||11||5||4||564||34||1||3.62||.885|
|1980–81||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||38||17||14||6||2215||120||2||3.25||.889||13||8||5||802||47||0||3.52||.884|
|1981–82||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||51||26||15||9||3026||175||1||3.47||.894||4||1||2||184||8||0||2.61||.908|
|1982–83||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||47||20||13||11||2689||160||1||3.57||.887||5||2||3||319||18||0||3.39||.882|
|1983–84||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||52||21||17||8||2883||201||2||4.18||.868||4||1||2||200||11||0||3.30||.875|
|1984–85||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||32||10||13||6||1817||115||0||3.80||.879||8||4||3||395||25||1||3.80||.902|
"Meloche's stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
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