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1972 NHL DRAFT PICK
Jacques Richard
Selected in first round
No. 2 overall by Atlanta Flames

Born October 7, 1952.  Died October 8, 2002
Position: L. Wing / Center / R. Wing
Height: 5-11   Weight: 170
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Quebec (QMJHL)                             
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1967-68 QuebecQJHL50 1818 36--
1968-69 QuebecQJHL50 2340 6378
1969-70 QuebecQMJHL 5362 64126 170
1970-71 QuebecQMJHL 5553 60113 125
1971-72 QuebecQMJHL 6171 89160 100

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup:
1971 (Quebec)
QMJHL All-Star First Team: 1970-71, 1971-72 (Quebec)
QMJHL Beliveau Trophy (Points Leader): 1971-72 (Quebec) (160)
QMJHL Goals Leader: 1971-72 (Quebec) (71 goals)
QMJHL Playoffs Points Leader: 1972 (Quebec) (37 points)
QMJHL Playoffs Assists Leader: 1972 (Quebec) (26 assists)
Miscellaneous: Led 1970 Memorial Cup tournament in penalty minutes with 48 PIM.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 7, 1972 (Atlanta at N.Y. Islanders)
Numbers:  15 (Atlanta); 9 (Buffalo); 23 (Quebec)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 1983
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
YearsTeamsGPGATPPIM
1972-1983 Atlanta, Buffalo, Quebec556 160187347 307
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeamsGPGATPPIM
1974-1983 Atlanta, Buffalo, Quebec35 5510 34

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Atlanta Three-Stars Leader:
1973-74
100-point seasons: 1980-81 (Quebec) (103 points)
50-goal seasons: 1980-81 (Quebec) (52 goals)
Atlanta Goals Leader: 1973-74 (27 goals)
Quebec Goals Leader: 1980-81 (52 goals)
Quebec/Colorado Records: Most points in season by a right wing (103 in 1980-81), most goals in season by a right wing (52 goals)
1972-73: Played on first Atlanta Flames team.
1979-80: Played on first Quebec Nordiques NHL team.
Miscellaneous: Had an assist in first NHL game, which was also first game in Atlanta/Calgary franchise history. ... Missed part of 1974-75 season with facial fractures. ... Missed end of 1979-80 season with knee injury. ... Played right wing on line with Peter and Anton Stastny in 1980-81. ... Became first player in Quebec/Colorado history to score 50 goals in a season when he achieved feat on March 29, 1981.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Hershey (AHL); Rochester (AHL); Fredericton (AHL)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick:
1972 (No. 8 overall, by Quebec)
Miscellaneous: Named to left wing position by Canadian Hockey League when it released its all-time QMJHL All-Star team in 1999. ... Became active in old-timers' hockey after his retirement. ... Sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to bringing more than five pounds of cocaine from Colombia to Canada on Feb. 13, 1989. He was arrested by Canadian customs officials at the Montreal airport after they found the 80 percent pure cocaine in the bottom of his golf bag. The cocaine's estimated street value was $1.5 million. ... Killed in automobile accident late in the evening of Oct. 8, 2002, when his car struck a culvert near Issoudun, Quebec.
Personal: Father worked as a cab driver and tour guide in Quebec City. ... Uncle was his agent. ... One of nine children.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Atlanta traded Richard to Buffalo in exchange for Larry Carriere, Buffalo's 1976 first-round pick (later traded to Washington), and cash on Oct. 1, 1975.

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SNAPSHOT '72
Total Selected: 152
Forwards: 88
Defense: 47
Goaltenders: 17
Major Junior: 121
College Players: 25
Canadian: 139
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 11
U.S.-Born: 10
European: 0
Reached NHL: 67
Won Stanley Cup: 11
Hall of Fame: 2
All-Star Game: 13
Year-end All-Star: 3
Olympians: 1
Picks Traded: 24
 
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