Guy Lapointe

Guy Lapointe
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1993
Born (1948-03-18) March 18, 1948
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
National team  Canada
Playing career 19681984

Guy Gerard "Pointu" Lapointe (born March 18, 1948) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League. He currently serves as Coordinator of Amateur Scouting with the NHL's Minnesota Wild.


Along with defencemen Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, Lapointe was a member of the "Big Three" and played a key role in the Canadiens' winning the Stanley Cup six times in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979. Nicknamed "Pointu", Lapointe was famous for his sense of humour, powerful slapshot and brutal body-checks. One of his most famous pranks is probably the Vaseline coated handshake with prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau as he was visiting the Canadiens' locker room. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1982 and signed with the Boston Bruins the following season. He retired in 1984 following a series of injuries.

Following his retirement, Lapointe became general manager of the Longueuil Chevaliers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, followed by a stint as associate coach with the Quebec Nordiques. He later served as an assistant coach and later as a scout with the Calgary Flames. He is currently the Chief Amateur scout with the Minnesota Wild, a position he has held since the franchise's inception.

Lapointe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. In 884 NHL games, Lapointe recorded 171 goals and 451 assists for 622 points. He still holds the Montreal Canadiens' record for most goals in a season for a defenceman (28), and most goals for a rookie defenceman (15). His number (#5) was retired by the Canadiens on November 8, 2014. Since the #5 is already retired on behalf of Bernie Geoffrion, they will both share the honour. He is the father of three children: Guy Jr., Stephanie and Jordan. His son, Guy Jr., is also a media figure as he is a captain and head of media relations with the Quebec provincial police.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1965–66Verdun Jr. Maple LeafsQJHL377132096
1966–67Verdun Jr. Maple LeafsQJHL1211214
1967–68Montreal Junior CanadiensOHA-Jr.511127381471116740
1968–69Montreal CanadiensNHL10002
1968–69Houston ApollosCHL653151812031016
1969–70Montreal CanadiensNHL50004
1969–70Montreal VoyageursAHL57830389283586
1970–71Montreal CanadiensNHL781529441072045934
1971–72Montreal CanadiensNHL691138495860110
1972–73Montreal CanadiensNHL7619355411717671320
1973–74Montreal CanadiensNHL711340536360224
1974–75Montreal CanadiensNHL80284775881164104
1975–76Montreal CanadiensNHL77214768781333612
1976–77Montreal CanadiensNHL77255176531239124
1977–78Montreal CanadiensNHL49132942191416716
1978–79Montreal CanadiensNHL69134255431026810
1979–80Montreal CanadiensNHL45620262920000
1980–81Montreal CanadiensNHL33191079100017
1981–82Montreal CanadiensNHL471192072
1981–82St. Louis BluesNHL8066471018
1982–83St. Louis BluesNHL64323264340119
1983–84Boston BruinsNHL452161834
NHL totals 894 171 451 622 893 123 26 44 70 138

International play

Early into his NHL career, Lapointe was chosen to play in the historic 1972 Summit Series against the USSR. Lapointe accepted the invitation regardless of the fact his wife would give birth to his first child (Guy Jr.), during the series, while the team was in the USSR. He would compete internationally again for Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1979 Challenge Cup against the Soviets, which replaced that year's All-Star Game.

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