| Jude Drouin|
| October 28, 1948 (age 67)
Murdochville, QC, CAN (1948-10-28) |
17th overall, 1966
Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets
Jude Drouin Wikipedia
Joseph Jude Drouin (born October 28, 1948 in Murdochville, Quebec and raised in Mont-Louis) is a Canadian retired ice hockey forward.
Drafted in the third round of the 1966 NHL Amateur Draft, 17th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens, Drouin played for their junior team, the Montreal Junior Canadiens of the Quebec Major Junior League, in the 1966 season, playing in 47 games and scoring a sparkling 32 goals and 36 assists. The following season Drouin turned pro with the Houston Apollos of the Central Hockey League, scoring 68 points in 60 games and earning his first NHL playing time with the Canadiens in spot duty. The 1970 season found Drouin in the minors again, this time for the powerhouse Nova Scotia Voyageurs, where he dominated with 106 points in 65 games, winning the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year and leading the American Hockey League in scoring.
With no place for him in the powerful Montreal lineup, Drouin was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for the 1971 season, and he became one of the team's early stars, scoring 68 points and adding 12 points in 12 games in the playoffs. Drouin was a mainstay of the North Stars for four and a half seasons in all, his best season coming in 1973, when he scored career highs of 27 goals and 73 points.
His production fell thereafter, and he was traded in midseason in 1975 to the New York Islanders. The trade rejuvenated Drouin, and he was an effective two-way player for three seasons with the up-and-coming Isles.
Drouin's production sharply dropped in 1978, and disgruntled with his declining role with the Islanders, he sat out the following season in order to become a free agent. He signed with the Winnipeg Jets thereafter, but his starring days long behind him, retired early in the 1981 season.