Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Boutilier
Paul Boutilier was a slick offensive defenceman who played nearly 300 games for five different clubs in the 1980s. His mobility was an asset on both specialty teams and when taking opposition forwards out of the play.

The native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, starred in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke/St. Jean Beavers. In 1982, he helped the team reach the Memorial Cup, was named to the tournament all-star team, and was voted a first team all-star by the QMJHL. Chosen 21st overall by the New York Islanders in 1981, the young backliner split his first full pro season between the NHL and the CHL's Indianapolis Checkers. He did however qualify in having his name inscribed onto the Stanley Cup in 1983 after appearing in two playoff games for the champion Isles.

Boutilier became a regular with New York in 1984-85 and recorded a career-best 35 points. He scored 34 points the next year and showed a willingness to play rough in his own zone. Over the next four years his play was less consistent. He moved around the league with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, and three different minor pro clubs. He retired in 1990 after spending most of the year in Switzerland with the SC Bern club.

After calling it a career, Boutilier became a regular on the Canadian curling circuit.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Cape Breton Miners NSAHA 56 30 43 73
1980-81 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 72 10 29 39 93 14 3 7 10 10
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 57 20 60 80 62 21 7 31 38 12
1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 5 2 8 10 2
1982-83 St-Jean Castors QMJHL 22 5 14 19 30
1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 29 4 5 9 24 -5 2 0 0 0 2
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 28 0 11 11 36 +18 21 1 7 8 10
1983-84 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 50 6 17 23 56
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 78 12 23 35 90 0 10 0 2 2 16
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 77 4 30 34 100 -5 3 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 52 5 9 14 84 -2
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 2 4 6 8 +1
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 6 -1
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 9 0 3 3 10
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 9 2 6 8 4
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 6 0 0 0 6 -2 5 0 0 0 15
1987-88 Moncton Hawks AHL 41 9 29 38 40
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 3 0 0 0 4 +2
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 77 6 54 60 101 10 2 7 9 4
1989-90 Canada Nat-Tm 4 0 2 2 0
1989-90 SC Bern Swiss 36 12 28 40
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 12 0 4 4 21
1990-91 Zurcher SC Swiss 20 3 8 11
NHL Totals 288 27 83 110 358 41 1 9 10 45


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1982)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1982)
AHL First All-Star Team (1989)
Transferred to Boston by NY Islanders as compensation for the NY Islanders' signing of free agent Brian Curran, August 6, 1986. Traded to Minnesota by Boston for Minnesota's 4th round pick (Darwin McPherson) in 1987 NHL Draft, March 10, 1987. Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Jari Gronstrand for Jay Caufield and Dave Gagner, October 8, 1987. Traded to Winnipeg by NY Rangers for future considerations, December 16, 1987.
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