Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Charlebois
Forward Bob Charlebois joined the QJHL's St. Jerome Alouettes at the age of 16 in 1960-61. In 35 games, he proved to be one of the league's most dominating offensive stars, scoring 41 goals and 87 points. Following that outstanding offensive performance, Charlebois joined the Montreal Junior Canadiens of the OHA, where he played for three seasons. His offensive production improved each season and in his final year he scored 35 goals and 78 points in just 53 games, finishing third in team scoring behind Andre Boudrias and Yvan Cournoyer. The talent-laden team was also boasted by the likes of; Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire and goalie Rogatien Vachon.

Charlebois turned pro in 1964-65, playing 70 games with the Omaha Knights of the CPHL. He also played with the Houston Apollos and Memphis North Stars and the Phoenix Roadrunners of the WHL before finally getting the opportunity to play in the NHL in 1967-68. The expansion Minnesota North Stars called upon Charlebois for seven games, but he was limited to just a single goal. The fledgling team, in dire need of offensive talent, seemed to quickly give up on Charlebois being their answer, so he was sent back to the minors.

Charlebois spent the next three years in the WHL with Phoenix before moving on to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL. Once again, expansion provided the likes of Charlebois with another opportunity. This time it was the birth of the WHA, a rival to the NHL which came into existence in 1972-73. Charlebois joined the Ottawa Nationals and played in all 74 of the team's games. He scored 24 goals and 64 points, good for third in team scoring, behind only Wayne Carleton and Gavin Kirk.

In 1973-74, Charlebois was set to join the Nationals, who had relocated to Toronto and were re-named the Toros, but he was dealt to the New England Whalers for Brit Selby in September of 1973. Despite playing in 74 games, Charlebois was only able to deliver eleven points, which was deemed a huge disappointment to the club.

Although he did play in another 36 games for the Whalers over the next two seasons, Charlebois seemed unable to re-establish his scoring touch. Charlebois continued to play in the minors until retiring in 1978 as a member of the NAHL's Binghamton Dusters.

In March, 1997, Charlebois suited up for an Ottawa Senators Alumni team that played a very unique exhibition game against the Dawson City Nuggets at the Corel Centre. The contest was billed as a rematch of a 1905 two-game series which saw the Ottawa Silver Seven crush Dawson City by an aggregate score of 32-4. A new generation of hockey stars from Dawson City decided they would make a similar trek that their forefathers endured, a 6,400-kilometre trip via sled dogs and snowmobiles. Nuggets assistant captain Kevin Anderson said "The odds against us getting here, of this thing even happening, were greater than they are against us winning the game." Well, as it turned out, that wasn't really the case Dawson City desperately wanted to avenge the outcome of some 92 years earlier, but they came up short - very short. With the likes of former NHLers Charlebois, Laurie Boschman, Brad Marsh Rick Smith, Fred Barrett, Frank St. Marseilles and Bill Kitchen suiting up for the Ottawa Alumni, the Nuggets were handed a humiliating 18-0 defeat. Charlebois scored once in the game for the winners. As part of a bet before the game, Nugget player Pat Hogan agreed he would shave off his beard of 20 years if Dawson City lost the game. He could have started taking it off after just one period with his club already down 6-0. Event organizer Brad Marsh said he and the others on the stacked Alumni squad had considered taking it easy on their opponents, and at one point were going to allow them penalty shots in an effort to keep them competitive in the game, but finally decided that it was important they properly represent the history of the Silver Seven and not turn the game into a sideshow. The fact the Nuggets publicly stated they had a legitimate chance at winning the grudge match also no doubt did not sit too well with some of the former NHLers and from that instant it was game over for Dawson Creek.

Charlebois continues to play alumni games with the Ottawa Senators.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 St-Jerome Alouettes MMJHL 35 41 46 87
1961-62 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 46 9 9 18 28 6 2 1 3 6
1962-63 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 50 23 15 38 78 10 5 5 10 20
1963-64 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 53 35 43 78 50 17 10 12 22 14
1964-65 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 24 34 58 43 6 4 3 7 2
1965-66 Houston Apollos CPHL 70 23 26 49 32
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 67 27 34 61 38 6 0 1 1 2
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 1 0 1 0 -3
1967-68 Memphis South Stars CPHL 47 25 24 49 16
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 15 2 8 10 4 4 1 2 3 0
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 74 31 30 61 12
1969-70 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 73 24 34 58 12
1970-71 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 62 15 25 40 20 7 2 3 5 0
1971-72 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 0 0 0 4
1972-73 Ottawa Nationals WHA 78 24 40 64 28 5 1 1 2 4
1973-74 New England Whalers WHA 74 4 7 11 6 7 0 0 0 4
1974-75 New England Whalers WHA 8 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0
1974-75 Cape Cod Codders NAPro 60 24 57 81 54
1975-76 New England Whalers WHA 28 3 3 6 0
1975-76 Cape Cod Codders NAPro 25 12 20 32 26
1975-76 Binghamton Dusters NAPro 5 0 5 5 0
NHL Totals 7 1 0 1 0


Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with Andre Boudrias and Bernard Cote for Minnesota's 1st round pick (Chuck Arnason) in 1971 Amateur Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Minnesota with Leo Thiffault to complete earlier transaction that sent Walt McKechnie to Minnesota (February 17, 1968), June, 1968. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa (WHA), August, 1972. Traded to New England (WHA) by Toronto (WHA) for Brit Selby, September, 1973.
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