Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Pichette
Dave Pichette is a representative of only a small band of hockey players to make the jump from their native Newfoundland to the NHL. Former Red Wing Alex Faulkner first led the way followed by a smattering of players, including Pichette who skated for the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL from 1978 to 1980.

At the junior level, Pichette performed as a steady blueliner, but lacked the flashy style and numbers of his contemporaries. As such, he was passed over in the Entry Draft but did manage to sign as a free agent with the Nordiques in 1980.

In Quebec, he lasted parts of four campaigns, making frequent tours in the AHL as he struggled to find the consistency he needed to remain a full-time NHLer. He did, however, play one complete season plus 16 playoff games with a very strong Nordiques squad that, like all the other fish in the pond, just couldn't contain the New York Islanders.

Pichette put in a brief stint with the St. Louis Blues in 1984 before joining the New Jersey Devils where he enjoyed his most productive season, garnering 17 goals and 40 assists. But the following year, distractions entered his life such the birth of twins and a big-time collision with the Blackhawks' Wayne Presley that left Pichette on the ice in an unconscious state for over two minutes. He did recover, however, but never really regained his form.

By the end of the season he was skating for the Maine Mariners of the AHL, a league he called home, with the exception of six games with the Rangers, until his retirement in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 57 10 16 26 134 6 1 1 2 35
1979-80 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 56 8 19 27 129 5 1 3 4 8
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 4 16 20 62 +3 1 0 0 0 14
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 20 2 3 5 37
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 67 7 30 37 152 -1 16 2 4 6 22
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 53 3 21 24 49 +9 2 0 1 1 0
1982-83 Fredericton Express AHL 16 3 11 14 14
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 23 2 7 9 12 +2
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 10 2 1 3 13
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 0 11 11 6 -5 9 1 2 3 18
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 17 40 57 41 -20
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 7 12 19 22 -11
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 25 4 15 19 28
1986-87 Maine Mariners AHL 61 6 16 22 69
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 6 1 3 4 4 -3
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 46 10 21 31 37
1988-89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 39 5 21 26 20
1989-90 Krefelder EV W.Ger-2 15 3 15 18 48
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 58 3 18 21 65
NHL Totals 322 41 140 181 348 28 3 7 10 54


Signed as a free agent by Quebec, October 31, 1979. Traded to St. Louis by Quebec for Andre Dore, February 10, 1984. Claimed by New Jersey from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984.
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