|Debut:||November 15, 1972
(Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers)
|Final NHL game:|| November 1, 1975
(Washington at N.Y. Islanders)
|Stanley Cup:||Never won|
|Numbers worn:||30, 35 (Philadelphia);
31, 30, 35 (Washington)
Years: 1972-1975. Playoffs: 1973
|Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|Complete statistics available at NHL.com|
Named to AHL All-Star Second Team with Richmond in 1971-72. ... Won Richmond team MVP award for 1971-72. ... Led AHL playoffs with one shutout for Richmond in 1974. ... Played on first Washington Capitals team in 1974-75. ... Set Washington record (still stands) for shots faced by a goalie in one game with 60 in Capitals' Dec. 7, 1974, at St. Louis. ... Set Washington record (since tied) for saves by goaltender in one game with 52 in Dec. 7, 1974, game at St. Louis. The day before that game, he had been sick with a fever. ... Became first Washington Capitals goaltender to register an assist when he picked up second assist on team's lone goal in a 5-1 loss at California on Feb. 5, 1975. ... Led AHL playoffs with 2.16 goals-against average for Richmond in 1976. ... Named to NEHL All-Star Second Team with Hampton in 1978-79.
June 12, 1974-- Claimed by Washington from Philadelphia in NHL Expansion Draft. Oct. 7, 1976 -- Signed with Atlanta as an unrestricted free agent.
Belhumeur made history on Oct. 23, 1974, at Chicago, when he stopped two penalty shots in the same game for Washington to tie an NHL record that still stands, and has also since been tied by other goalies. Belhumeur, however, became the first NHL goalie since the 1930s to do it. He made the saves against Jim Pappin and Hall of Famer Stan Mikita. Pappin's penalty shot came in the opening period after Washington defenseman Murray Anderson put his glove on the puck while it was in the crease. Mikita's shot came late in the third period after Belhumeur threw his stick to push a loose puck away from the net. These were also the first two penalty shots ever taken against the Washington Capitals, making Belhumeur the first Washington goalie to face a penalty shot and the first to stop one (the save on Pappin). Washington lost the game 3-2 after having led 2-0 in the first period, Belhumeur was heroic. He made 39 total saves on a night when the his team was outshot 42-12.
Missed part of 1972-73 season with thumb injury. ... Missed six games of 1974-75 season with torn muscle in side, suffered in Washington's Jan. 7, 1975, game vs. Boston. ... Missed part of 1977-78 season with torn ligaments in ankle.
Other Post-Draft Teams: Quebec (AHL); Charlotte (EHL); Richmond (AHL); Tulsa (CHL); Utica, New Jersey/Hampton (NEHL)
|Selected by New England Whalers in 1972 WHA Draft, the first WHA Draft, February 1972.||Selected by Houston Aeros in 1973 WHA draft of established professional players.||Called up to Philadelphia as a backup goaltender in 1969-70 season but did not see action.||Practiced with Philadelphia as a spare goaltender during team's 1974 run to Stanley Cup.|
|Sued Flyers for $1M in August '74 for not receiving a $19,000 playoff share (case was settled).||Was the second of two goalies selected by Washington in 1974 NHL Expansion Draft.||Set NHL record for most games played in one season without a victory (35 games in 1974-75.||In 42 games played, his career record with the expansion Washington team was 0-29-4.|
|Won Stanley Cup:||10|
|Hall of Fame:||1|
|1969 PICKS BY TEAM|
OTHERS DRAFTED IN 1969