This page is about the ice hockey player. For the sculptor, please see Michel Goulet (sculptor).
Michel Bernard Goulet (born April 21, 1960) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Birmingham Bulls in the World Hockey Association and the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.
Goulet played his first professional season with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA during the 1978–79 season in which he scored 28 goals and 58 points. Following the NHL-WHA merger, Goulet was declared eligible for the 1979 entry draft and was selected by the Quebec Nordiques.
Goulet became one of the most prolific snipers of the eighties in the NHL. He achieved 50 goals in a season in four consecutive years, starting with the 1982–83 season, and became one of the centrepieces of the team along with the Šťastný brothers.
During the 1989–90 season, a season in which the Nordiques ended up with a record of 12 wins, 61 losses and 7 ties and followed two years where the club failed to make the playoffs, Goulet was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with goalie Greg Millen and a sixth round pick at 1991 NHL entry draft, for Everett Sanipass, Daniel Vincelette and Mario Doyon
While playing against the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum on March 16, 1994, Goulet crashed into the end boards striking his head and suffered a severe concussion forcing him into retirement and having to cope with post-trauma symptoms.
A year to the day after the accident, Goulet's number 16 was retired by the Nordiques before a large crowd at le Colisée de Québec where he enjoyed his most productive years. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 alongside former teammate Peter Šťastný. In 1089 NHL games he recorded 548 goals and 604 assists for 1152 points.
While Goulet never won a Stanley Cup as a player, he did win the cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001 as director of player personnel.
He is currently a scout for the Calgary Flames.
In 2012, he was inducted into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in the “Legends of the Game” category.