Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Charlie Bourgeois
Charlie Bourgeois was a 6'4" defenceman who cleared the front of his net and played the body well during a career that lasted parts of seven seasons. Occasionally he moved forward to join in on the rush or forecheck but his chief function was to look after matters in his own end.

The native of Moncton, New Brunswick played University hockey with the local Aigles Blueus for two years and also skated a year with the senior Cap Pele Fishermen. After scoring 31 points in 24 games and dishing out many thunderous bodychecks for the University of Moncton, Bourgeois was a signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in April 1981.

The rugged blueliner played 54 games as a rookie in 1981-82 then spent more time in the CHL the two years. He was particularly solid in 1983-84 when he anchored the defense on the Colorado Flames and was named to the league's first all-star team. He returned to Calgary the next season and began to assume greater responsibility when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in February 1986 in the same deal that saw Joe Mullen end up in Calgary.

Bourgeois played his finest hockey under Blues coaches Jacques Demers and Jacques Martin. During the 1986 playoffs he was a pillar on the blueline and helped St. Louis come within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup final. In 1986-87 he played a more physical role and logged a great deal of ice time while posting a plus/minus rating of +16. By the 1987-88 season St. Louis began tinkering with its line up and Bourgeois was traded to the Hartford Whalers.

After spending the 1988-89 season with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL, Bourgeois ventured to France to work as a coach. He guided the Paris Volants and the Chamonix HC before returning to New Brunswick. Late in the 1991-92 season he suited up for three games as an injury replacement on the AHL's Moncton Hawks before retiring for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Dieppe Voyageurs SNBHL
1978-79 University of Moncton AUAA 18 3 3 6 8
1979-80 Cap Pele Fishermen MJrHL
1980-81 University of Moncton AUAA 24 10 21 31 44 6 4 6 10
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 54 2 13 15 112 +5 3 0 0 0 7
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 13 2 2 4 17
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 15 2 3 5 21 -4
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 51 10 18 28 128 6 2 3 5 30
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 17 1 3 4 35 0 8 0 1 1 27
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 54 12 32 44 133
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 47 2 10 12 134 +14 4 0 0 0 17
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 29 5 5 10 128 +9
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 2 7 9 116 +9 19 2 2 4 116
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 2 12 14 164 +16 6 0 0 0 27
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 0 1 1 78 -2
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1988-89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 76 9 35 44 239
1989-90 Paris Francais Volants France 36 17 21 38 122 4 2 1 3 10
1990-91 HC Chamonix France-2
1991-92 HC Chamonix France 11 3 7 10 36
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 3 0 1 1 6
1991-92 Saint John Vitos NBSHL
1991-92 Saint John Vitos Al-Cup
NHL Totals 290 16 54 70 788 40 2 3 5 194


CHL First All-Star Team (1984) Signed as a free agent by Calgary, April 19, 1981. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary with Eddy Beers and Gino Cavallini for Joe Mullen, Terry Johnson and Rik Wilson, February 1, 1986. Traded to Hartford by St. Louis with Hartford's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Hartford selected Blair Atcheynum) in 1989 NHL Draft for Hartford's 2nd round pick (Rick Corriveau) in 1989 NHL Draft, March 8, 1988.
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