Thursday, April 2, 2015

Claude Dufour

1 NHL Game

April 8, 1965 Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs. 2-4 loss.



   The Montreal Canadiens dressed four goalies through two rounds of the 1965 playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup win. Due to recent rules changes, the 1965 playoffs were the first time teams were required to dress a backup goalie. The Habs started the series with Charlie Hodge in net and Gump Worsley as his backup. Game three saw a change in goal as Hodge had to sit out with a groin injury. Worsley took over the #1 role and Ernie Wakeley was recalled from the AHL to served as his backup. Immediately after that game finished, Wakeley was sent back to the AHL as his Quebec Aces were in a heated playoff battle with the Rochester Americans. For game four the Habs recalled Claude Dufour from the Hershey Bears. Wakely's team ended up loosing their playoff battle and so he was back on the Habs bench for game five. Wakely also dressed as a backup briefly in the final series against Chicago. Even though Wakely didn't play a minute of goal all season with the Habs, he, along with Hodge and Worsley, had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup. Dufour went unrecognized for his one game on Montreal's bench.

   Claude Dufour attracted attention from NHL scouts at a young age. He won the 1956/57 Memorial Cup and earned a contract with the Detroit Red Wings. June, 1960 the Red Wings traded Dufour to the Bruins. He attended a Bruins training camp but was never given much of a shot with the team. He was later acquired by the Canadiens. June, 1965 the Bruins reacquired Dufour, claiming him in the inter-league draft from Montreal. His career was cut short in 1966 with a serious eye injury. Younger brother, Marc Dufour, played 14 games in the NHL during the 1960s. 

Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born Aug 13 1936 -- Three Rivers, PQ
Height 5.08 -- Weight 155
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
SeasonTeamLgeGPAPIMMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPAPIM
1953-54Trois Rivieres RedsQPJHL000
1954-55Kitchener CanucksOHA2800
1956-57Hull-Ottawa CanadiensOHASr1003003.00
1956-57Ottawa Jr. CanadiensQHL1000
1957-58Chicoutimi SagueneensQHL400
1957-58Quebec AcesQHL39034
1957-58Springfield IndiansAHL30016005.33---
1958-59Trois Rivieres LionsQHL2400
1958-59Cleveland BaronsAHL1800---
1959-60Hershey BearsAHL700---
1960-61Quebec AcesAHL2400---
1961-62North Bay TrappersEPHL6000---
1961-62Quebec AcesAHL302---
1962-63Hull-Ottawa CanadiensEPHL100---
1962-63Spokane CometsWHL6518215653.3117070.888---
1963-64Seattle TotemsWHL7018---
1964-65Hershey BearsAHL66004019217133.23---
1965-66Hershey BearsAHL58132302
1966-67Hershey BearsAHL2001206003.00---

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