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|1977 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
8 overall by New York Rangers
Born June 21, 1957
Right Wing / Center|
Height: 5-11 Weight: 200
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Joliette, Quebec (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
QMJHL Briere Trophy (MVP): 1976-77 (Sorel)
QMJHL All-Star First Team: 1976-77 (Sorel)
QMJHL East All-Star
First Team: 1975-76 (Sorel)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
QMJHL's No. 4 prospect for the 1977 NHL draft. ... Was a member of the QMJHL All-Star team
that played against Soviet Union's junior All-Star team during 1975-76 season.
| Debut: October 12, 1977 (Vancouver at N.Y.
Numbers: 23, 35, 32 (N.Y. Rangers); 23 (Colorado);
23 (Winnipeg); 27 (Montreal); 32 (Quebec); 27 (Toronto)
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
NYR, Colorado, Winnipeg,|
Montreal, Quebec, Toronto
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
NYR, Winnipeg, Montreal||52||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1979 (N.Y. Rangers)
Winnipeg Captain: August 1983 until June 13, 1984
Career: Named Quebec pro scout prior to 1993-94 season and remained in
that position through 1994-95 season. ... Named Anaheim pro scout prior to
1998-99 season and remained in that position through 2001-02 season.
Broadcasting Career: Worked as color commentator for RDS Sports
French-language hockey coverage of Montreal and Quebec games during 1992-93
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1977-78 season with right hand injury.
... Missed part of 1980-81 season with groin pull, an injury suffered in
November 1980. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with ankle injury ... Set
Winnipeg/Phoenix record (since broken) for assists in one season by a right
wing with 28 in 1981-82. ... Missed parts of 1984-85 season with groin pull,
an injury suffered during Montreal's Nov. 6, 1984, game at Detroit, and pulled
stomach muscles, an injury suffered during Montreal's Jan. 2, 1985, game at
Detroit. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with ligament damage in right knee,
an injury suffered during Montreal's Oct. 16, 1985, game vs. Buffalo. ...
Missed parts of 1986-87 season with sprained ligaments in left knee, an injury
suffered in N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 5, 1986, game at Winnipeg, as well as left
ankle injury. ... Shifted from right wing to center during 1987-88 season. ...
Played on line with Don Maloney and Jan Erixon for N.Y. Rangers in 1987-88.
... Missed parts of 1987-88 season with bruised buttock and bruised right
knee. ... Was Winnipeg captain for 22 games during 1982-83 season while Dave
Christian was out with injury. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season (Jan. 26-Feb.
1, 1991) with flu. ... Missed end of 1990-91 season with charley horse
suffered during Toronto's Feb. 23, 1991, game at Montreal.
|Post-Draft Teams: New Haven (AHL)|
World Championships: 1981
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1977 (by Quebec,
No. 9 overall in Round 1)
Coaching Career: Named Moncton (QMJHL)
general manager in April 1995, prior to team's inaugural 1995-96 season, and
remained in that position until June 19, 1996. ... Named Kansas City (IHL)
assistant coach on June 19, 1996, and remained in that position through
Management Career: Named Moncton (QMJHL) director of
hockey operations in April 1995, prior to team's inaugural 1995-96 season, and
remained in that position until June 19, 1996.
Miscellaneous: Played on Winnipeg's
off-season charity softball team. ... Ran hockey school in Joliette, Quebec,
during off-seasons of his later playing days.
Personal: Father of major-junior
player Dominic DeBlois and Canadian university player Simon DeBlois.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE/FREE AGENCY: N.Y. Rangers traded
DeBlois, Pat Hickey, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations to
Colorado in exchange for Barry Beck on November 2, 1979. N.Y. Rangers
completed the deal by sending Bobby Crawford to Colorado on January 15, 1980.
Seven years later, N.Y. Rangers got DeBlois back when he signed with team as
an unrestricted free agent on September 10, 1986. N.Y. Rangers lost DeBlois
again when he signed with Quebec as an unrestricted free agent on June 22,
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