Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean Hamel
St. Louis drafted Jean Hamel in 1972, and he divided the next two seasons between the Blues and the Denver spurs of the WHL. He was traded to Detroit in February 1974 along with Chris Evans and Bryan Watson for Ted Harris, Bill Collins, and Garnet Bailey.

With the exception of a minor detour into the CHL during the 1977-78 season, Hamel played with the wings from 1974 until 1981. After being released by the Red Wings, he signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques. After a year, the Nordiques stated that they were pleased with his hard work and attitude and renewed his contract for another two years.

He played 51 games for Quebec in 1982-83 and was claimed by Montreal in the Waiver Draft in October 1983. He played a full season for the Canadiens and was set for a repeat performance the following season. However, he took a puck to the eye during a pre-season game against the Boston Bruins, impairing his vision and forcing him to retire. He moved into coaching for the Montreal organisation in the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 56 4 11 15 75 6 1 1 2 20
1970-71 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 61 7 23 30 99 6 1 1 2 8
1971-72 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 59 6 29 35 132 9 1 0 1 48
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 2 7 9 24 -5 2 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Denver Spurs WHL 13 0 6 6 22
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 1 1 2 6 -3
1973-74 Denver Spurs WHL 10 0 2 2 12
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 0 3 3 40 -12
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 5 19 24 136 -40
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 3 9 12 129 -13
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 1 10 11 63 -18
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 2 6 8 34 +3 7 0 0 0 10
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 28 2 10 12 29
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 2 4 6 72 -9
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 1 4 5 43 -2
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 5 7 12 57 -1
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 7 1 3 4 36
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 40 1 6 7 32 +3 5 0 0 0 16
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 16 2 4 6 19
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 51 2 7 9 38 +11 4 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 1 12 13 92 +7 15 0 2 2 16
NHL Totals 699 26 95 121 766 33 0 2 2 44


Brother of Gilles
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with Chris Evans and Bryan Watson for Ted Harris, Bill Collins and Garnet Bailey, February 14, 1974. Claimed as a fill-in by Detroit during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Quebec, October 6, 1981. Claimed by Montreal from Quebec in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983.
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