Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matthieu Descoteaux
Matthieu Descoteaux was born September 23, 1977 in Pierreville, Quebec. The first round, 19th overall selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Descoteaux is a graduate of the QMJHL.

A hulking defenceman, Descoteaux played three seasons in the QMJHL with stops in Shawinigan and Hull where he helped the Olympique capture the 1997 Memorial Cup before making his professional debut with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in 1997-98.

The Pierreville, QC native played the better part of three seasons with the Bulldogs before having his rights traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the latter stages of the 1999-00 season. In 2000-01 Descoteaux made his NHL debut with the Canadiens playing in a handfull of games while spending the better part of the season and the next with the team's AHL affiliate in Quebec City.

In 2002-03 Descoteaux joined the AHL's Utah Grizzlies.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Cap-de-Madeleine Estacades QAAA 43 2 5 7 26
1994-95 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 50 3 2 5 28 15 1 1 2 19
1995-96 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 69 2 13 15 129 6 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 38 6 18 24 103
1996-97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 32 6 19 25 34 14 1 8 9 29
1997-98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 67 2 8 10 70 +10 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 4 0 1 1 4
1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 74 6 12 18 49 +8 4 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 49 5 7 12 29 -17
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 12 0 6 6 6 -3 2 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 1 1 2 4 -2
2000-01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 73 16 27 43 38 7 0 3 3 4
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 65 6 14 20 34 -16 3 1 2 3 0
2002-03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 48 3 3 6 47 -3
2003-04 Tappara Tampere Finland 6 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Sport Vaasa Finland-2 6 0 1 1 35
2003-04 HC Asiago Italy 5 1 2 3 2
2004-05 Kansas City Outlaws UHL 48 11 16 27 24 -9
2005-06 Wolfe Freiburg German-2 49 7 18 25 80
2006-07 Quebec RadioX QNAHL 30 6 22 28 16 4 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Thetford Mines Isothermic QNAHL 38 6 13 19 41
NHL Totals 5 1 1 2 4


Traded to Montreal by Edmonton with Christian Laflamme for Igor Ulanov and Alain Nasreddine, March 9, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finland), July 29, 2003.
Loaned to Vaasa (Finland) by Tappara Tampere (Finland), October 16, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Asiago (Finland), December 2, 2003.
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