Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Carol Vadnais
Carol Vadnais career spanned two distinct eras. His NHL career began in the Original Six age and ended in the Gretzky years. Only Wayne Cashman and Serge Savard outlasted Vadnais because their teams had made the playoffs. Vadnais earned Stanley Cup honors with the 1968 Montreal Canadiens and the 1972 Boston Bruins.

Vadnais, a fast skater and good puckhandler, shifted from forward to defense in his final year of junior hockey and the move paid off. A good showing at the Montreal Canadien training camp in the fall of 1966 earned him time with the big club that season. The Canadiens had a deep line-up and left Vadnais unprotected at the spring meeting in 1968, where he was drafted by the Oakland Seals. The Seals, with Vadnais, went from last to second in their division. Later he would be named the team captain.

In 1972 the Canadiens, wanting Vadnais back, entered into a bidding war but lost out to their rival, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins used Vadnais as the offensive force of the second defensive unit while Bobby Orr lead the first pairing. As a result the Bruins rolled to the Stanley Cup.

The following season Vadnais was arrested in Philadelphia when the police mistook him for a suspect wanted in a bank robbery.

The Bruins moved Vadnais in the 1975 trade that sent Phil Esposito to the New York Rangers. He made his last Stanley Cup appearance in 1979 against the Canadiens. In 1982 the New Jersey Devils claimed him in the Waiver Draft. Unfortunately, the Devils frequently paired him with rushing defensemen which was counter his style of play. As a result, Vad was a career low -32 in his final season.

Carol Vadnais went into coaching following his playing career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs MMJHL 44 39 49 88 90 17 7 15 22 34
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs M-Cup 13 13 11 24 12
1964-65 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 56 9 16 25 74 7 1 0 1 13
1965-66 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 48 9 14 23 184 10 1 4 5 24
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 0 3 3 35 1 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 21 5 5 10 45
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 1 1 2 31 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Houston Apollos CPHL 36 5 21 26 178
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 76 15 27 42 151 -18 7 1 4 5 10
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 76 24 20 44 212 -24 4 2 1 3 15
1970-71 California Seals NHL 42 10 16 26 91 -3
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 52 14 20 34 106 -20
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 16 4 6 10 37 +2 15 0 2 2 43
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 78 7 24 31 127 +21 5 0 0 0 8
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 78 16 43 59 123 +35 16 1 12 13 42
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 79 18 56 74 129 +10 3 1 5 6 0
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 12 2 5 7 17 +1
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 64 20 30 50 104 -17
1976-77 Canada Can-Cup
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 74 11 37 48 131 -20
1976-77 Canada WEC-A 10 3 1 4 33
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 80 6 40 46 115 -25 3 0 2 2 16
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 77 8 37 45 86 +14 18 2 9 11 13
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 66 3 20 23 118 -1 9 1 2 3 6
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 74 3 20 23 91 +19 14 1 3 4 26
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 50 5 6 11 45 -2 10 1 0 1 4
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 2 7 9 64 -32
NHL Totals 1087 169 418 587 1813 106 10 40 50 185


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978) Claimed by Oakland from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968. Oakland Seals franchise changed name to California Golden Seals prior to 1970-71 season. Traded to Boston by California with Don O'Donoghue for Reggie Leach, Rick Smith and Bob Stewart, February 23, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with Phil Esposito for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi, November 7, 1975. Claimed by New Jersey from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1982.
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