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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in eighth round
152 overall by Washington Capitals
11, 1962. Died April 16, 2007
Height: 5-11 Weight: 180
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)
Hometown: Les Saules, Quebec
||Ste. Foy||Que. AAA
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1980 NHL Entry Draft despite being
eligible. ... Was Quebec's 12th-round pick in 1979 QMJHL midget draft. ...
Also played center during his junior career.
| Debut: October 7, 1981 (Washington at
Numbers: 14 (Wash.); 14
(Quebec); 10 (Minn.); 11 (S.J.); 15 (Florida)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Retired for final time in 1997
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Minn., S.J., Florida
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||Wash., Minn., S.J.||84
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1991 (Minnesota)
Washington Most Improved Player: 1982-83
Washington Good Guy Award (Community
Miscellaneous: Spoke no English when he arrived in Washington in 1981. ...
Made Washington roster out of his first training camp, despite coming in as
an eighth-round pick. ... Scored first NHL goal into a empty net during
Washington's Oct. 10, 1981, game vs. Detroit. ... Played on line with Glen
Currie and Bob Gould for Washington in 1981-82. ... Missed part of 1981-82
season with bruised right ankle, an injury suffered during Washington's Dec.
30, 1981, game at Pittsburgh. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with broken
left index finger, suffered when he blocked Mark Howe's shot during
Washington's Oct. 11, 1984, season-opener at Philadelphia. ... Sprained left
knee on goal post during Quebec's Jan. 26, 1988, game vs. Los Angeles, but
did not miss any games. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with sprained left
shoulder, an injury suffered in November 1988. ... Missed part of 1989-90
season with sprained right knee, suffered during Minnesota's Nov. 11, 1989,
game vs. Calgary. He did not return to action until Minnesota's Nov. 30,
1989, game at Calgary. ... Suspended four games by NHL during 1991-92 season
for receiving match penalty during Minnesota's Nov. 3, 1991, game at
Chicago. He began serving the suspension on Nov. 8, 1991, and did not return
to action until Minnesota's Nov. 22, 1991, game at Detroit. ... Was part of Minnesota team that relocated to
Dallas on June 9, 1993, but never played in Dallas because he was traded to
San Jose under two weeks later. ... Played his 1,000th NHL game for
Minnesota on Feb. 26, 1995, at San Jose. He was the 100th player in NHL
history to play in 1,000 games.
Quebec (QMJHL); Hershey (AHL); Quebec (IHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Coaching Career: Named Quebec (IHL)
player-assistant coach prior to 1996-97 season, stopped playing in 1997-98
season, and remained in position through 1997-98 season. ... Named Quebec (QMJHL)
assistant coach prior to 2000-01 season and remained in that position
through 2001-02 season.
Miscellaneous: Played only one
minor-league game (for Hershey in 1982-83) during his years as an NHL
regular. He scored a goal in that lone game. ... Was on Minnesota
team that joined Montreal to compete in the 1990 NHL Friendship Tour in
Soviet Union. ... Retired for first
time after the 1995 season but came out of retirement to serve as
player-assistant coach for Quebec (IHL)
in 1996-97. ... Ran his own architectural supply company in Quebec City
after retirement. ... Died of cardiac arrest at age 44 while working out at
a Quebec City gym.
Personal: One of 11 children. ... Older brother of
former major-junior on-ice official Yves Duchesne.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Washington traded Duchesne with Alan Haworth and 1987 first-round pick (Joe
Sakic) to Quebec in exchange for Clint Malarchuk and Dale Hunter on June 13,
|Tier II/Jr. B:
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