Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Meger
Left-winger Paul Meger played over 200 games for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s. He was a creative offensive player whose skating ability made him a solid two-way asset.

Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan, Meger was a junior star with the OHA's Barrie Flyers. He scored 26 goals as a rookie pro with the AHL's Buffalo Bisons in 1949-50 then joined the Habs for two post-season contests. That summer, he was named to the AHL second also team and presented the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie. After scoring 34 goals in 46 games for Buffalo the next year, Meger was summoned by Montreal. He played solidly and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. He also earned an AHL first team all-star selection for his outstanding work for Buffalo prior to his recall.

In 1951-52, he scored 24 goals while playing with Billy Reay and Bernie Geoffrion. He dropped to nine goals the next season then played five playoff games as the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup since 1946. Meger's ice time decreased the next season and he retired after playing only 13 games in 1954-55. His career was ended by a gruesome accident when Leo Labine's skate blade caught him in the temple. Meger suffered a broken skull and tissue damage to his brain that required several operations to mend.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Selkirk Fishermen WSrHL
1946-47 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 31 13 14 27 20 5 3 2 5 9
1947-48 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 36 30 30 60 28 12 9 9 18 11
1947-48 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 10 5 12 17 9
1948-49 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 40 33 42 75 79 8 5 4 9 2
1948-49 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 8 3 4 7 6
1949-50 Buffalo Bisons AHL 63 26 40 66 33 5 1 2 3 0
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 2 4 6 6 11 1 3 4 4
1950-51 Buffalo Bisons AHL 46 34 35 69 16
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 24 18 42 44 11 0 3 3 2
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 9 17 26 38 5 1 2 3 4
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 4 9 13 24 6 1 0 1 4
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 23 13 17 30 28
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 0 4 4 6
NHL Totals 212 39 52 91 118 35 3 8 11 16


AHL Second All-Star Team (1950)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1950)
AHL First All-Star Team (1951) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951, 1952, 1953)
Suffered career-ending concussion in game vs. Chicago, November 25, 1954.
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