Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jacques Cloutier
Jacques Cloutier was selected by the Buffalo Sabres as an underage junior in the third round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, 55th overall. The diminutive goalie played four years in the QMJHL with Trois-Rivieres, beginning when he was just 16. He played in 24 games there year, posting a 5.03 gaa. At 17, he became the team's number-one goalie, playing 71 games while recording four shutouts and a 3.48 gaa. He spent two more seasons as the team's number-one goalie. He was named to the QMJHL's First Team All-Stars in 1977-78 and again in 1978-79.

Cloutier spent seven years in the minors playing for the Rochester Americans before he had the opportunity to play in the NHL. By the age of 26, Cloutier had played just one NHL game back in the 1984-85 season. Cloutier started 40 games in 1986-87, going 11-19-5 with a 3.79 gaa. Cloutier remained with the Sabres for another two years, sharing the goaltending duties with Tom Barrasso and Daren Puppa.

In 1989-90, Cloutier was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations. He played a total of 53 games with Chicago over tow seasons before being traded to the Quebec Nordiques for winger Tony McKegney. Cloutier played three years in Quebec before retiring in 1994 at the age of 33.

Cloutier was no stranger to injuries in his career. In 1982 he broke his collarbone in a game with Rochester and tore ligaments in his knee late in 1984. A pulled groin forced him to miss six games in December of 1989 and a sprained left ankle had him on the sidelines for 24 games in December 1992. Soon after his retirement, Cloutier turned to coaching and got his first opportunity in 1994-95 when he was hired by the Quebec Nordiques to assume the dual role of assistant coach for the Cornwall Aces, Quebec's American Hockey League affiliate, and goaltending coach for the Nordiques. While with Cornwall, Cloutier was an assistant to Colorado Avalanche head coach Bob Hartley.

Cloutier began the 1995-96 season in Cornwall but when asked to come in and work with the goaltenders at the NHL, he joined the Avalanche on a full-time basis. Midway through the season, Cloutier was asked to fill the vacancy left when former assistant Jacques Martin left the team to take over as the head coach with the Ottawa Senators.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1976-77 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 25 11 6 2 0 5.01
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 71 46 17 7 4 3.48 13 12 1 0 1 3.15
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 4 1 3 0 0 4.50
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 72 58 8 6 3 3.14 13 12 1 0 0 2.77
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 4 2 2 0 0 3.25
1979-80 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 55 27 20 7 2 4.28 7 3 4 0 0 4.71
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 61 27 27 6 1 3.61
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 5 1 0 0 2.51
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 23 14 7 2 0 2.81
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 10 7 6 0 3.50
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 13 7 3 1 0 3.97 16 12 4 0 0 2.84
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 51 26 22 1 1 3.63 18 9 9 0 0 3.56
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 1 0 3.69
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 14 10 2 1 0 2.69
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 5 9 1 1 3.37
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 14 10 2 2 1 2.73
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 5 3.02
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 11 19 5 0 3.79
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 4 8 2 0 4.72
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 15 14 0 0 3.63 4 1 3 1 2.52
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 11 2 7 0 0 4.67
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 43 18 15 2 2 3.09 4 0 2 0 2.74
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 2 3 0 0 3.57
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 15 3 8 2 0 4.41
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 26 6 14 3 0 3.93
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 0 2 1 0 3.90
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 3 2 1 0 3.03
NHL Totals 255 82 102 24 3 3.63 8 1 5 1 2.61


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1978, 1979) Traded to Chicago by Buffalo with Chicago's 5th round pick (Todd Bojcun) in 1990 NHL Draft for Steve Ludzik and Buffalo's 6th round pick (Derek Edgerly) in 1990 NHL Draft, September 28, 1989. Traded to Quebec by Chicago for Tony McKegney, January 29, 1991.
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