1969 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
4 40
Michel Belhumeur
Selected by Philadelphia from Drummondville (QJHL)
Philadelphia Flyers Drummondville Rangers
Michel Belhumeur

5-foot-10, 150 pounds

Left-hand catcher


Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP W-L-T GAA SO SV%
1966-67 Sorel QJHL 2 1-1-0 2.50 0 n/a
1967-68 Sorel QJHL -- -- -- - --
1968-69 Drummondville OHA 34 -- 3.85 3 n/a

Pre-Draft Notes

Played for Verdun in 1968 Memorial Cup tournament.
Canadian • Born September 2, 1949 in Sorel, Quebec • Hometown: Sorel, Quebec

Career Vitals

First contract: 1969
Debut: November 15, 1972
(Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers)
Final NHL game: November 1, 1975
(Washington at N.Y. Islanders)
Retired: 1979
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 30, 35 (Philadelphia);
31, 30, 35 (Washington)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Philadelphia, Washington
Years: 1972-1975. Playoffs: 1973

Regular Season
3 years 65 9-36-7 4.61 0 n/a
Stanley Cup Playoffs
1 year 1 0-0 6.00 0 n/a
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

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.

Transaction History

June 12, 1974-- Claimed by Washington from Philadelphia in NHL Expansion Draft. Oct. 7, 1976 -- Signed with Atlanta as an unrestricted free agent.

Landmark Night in Chicago

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.

Significant Injuries

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.

Life Outside the NHL

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.
Total Selected: 84
Forwards: 58
Defense: 18
Goaltenders: 8
Major Junior: 68
College Players: 8
Canadian: 78
Euro-Canadian: 1
American: 4
European: 1
Reached NHL: 49
Won Stanley Cup: 10
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 7
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 11


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