Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Richard Guay

1 NHL Game

March 26, 1980 Chicago Blackhawks vs Quebec Nordiques. 7-2 win.

   March 26, 1980 the Chicago Blackhawks were visiting the Quebec Nordiques and in need of a backup goalie. Goalie Mike Veisor had suddenly left the team to attend his father's funeral services. Chicago was unable to recall Murray Bannerman from their farm team in time for him to make the game. first explored the option of having head coach Ed Johnston, a former NHL goalie, act as the emergency goalie for Tony Esposito. Instead, the team signed local Quebec goalie Richard Guay. Guay had been drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 but after failing to make the club, had spent time playing for the 1974/75 NAHL's Maine Nordiques, affiliate of the WHA's Quebec Nordiques. By the time the Blackhawks came calling, Guay was only playing recreationally a couple nights a week. "I found out Chicago wanted me at 4:30 this afternoon after a hard day of work," Guay told reporters. "I'm not nervous. I will enjoy warming up with the team, but I know I am just here to watch. If something happens and I have to play, I'll just go out and do my best." The Blackhawks easily won the game with future Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito making 29 saves on 31 shots. (1)

Career stats from
Born Jul 20 1954 -- Quebec, PQ
Height 5.07 -- Weight 135
Drafted by Philadelphia Flyers - round 12 #201 overall 1974 NHL Amateur Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1971-72Quebec RempartsQMJHL2007004.66570.891---
1972-73Quebec RempartsQMJHL70024024003.45200
1972-73Ste. Foy CouillardQJAHL000
1973-74Chicoutimi SagueneensQMJHL58029351016.05---
1974-75Maine NordiquesNAHL2310111794105.057100---
1976-77Beauce JarosNAHL1003180015.38010210.724---

(1) Chicago Tribune. "Hawks Veisor home for dads funeral," March 27, 1980 pg. 54 (pg 6 of sports section). 

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