Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Normand Leveille
Left-winger Normand Leveille played parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins in the early 80s. After a brilliant junior career, he was off to a good start as a pro before he was struck by a debilitating brain aneurysm.

The Montreal native scored 79 goals in two years with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. He was drafted 14th overall in 1981 by the Bruins after notching 55 goals and being named to the QMJHL second all-star team. A few weeks later the clever youngster made the club out of his first training camp. The talented forward impressed as a rookie with 33 points and responsible play without the puck that resulted in a +16 plus/minus rating.

Nine games into the 1982-83 season Leveille was off to a bright start and averaging a point per game. On October 23 he collapsed in the Boston dressing room during a game versus the Vancouver Canucks. Doctors concluded that he suffered a severe brain aneurysm and that his motor skills, speech and comprehension were permanently affected. Over the next few years, the popular winger was a guest at the Boston Garden and the Montreal Forum where he was an inspiration to the fans and combatants.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 60 24 12 36 39 12 4 6 10 2
1980-81 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 72 55 46 101 46 12 11 15 26 8
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 66 14 19 33 49 +16
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 9 3 6 9 0 +1
NHL Totals 75 17 25 42 49

QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1981) Suffered career-ending brain aneurysm during game vs. Vancouver, October 23, 1982.
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