Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marcel Cousineau
Goaltender Marcel Cousineau was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1991 Entry Draft but by 1993 he had switched organizations, signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. Couisneau, born on April 30th, 1973 in Delson, Quebec had completed his junior career and was seeking employment when he inked his deal with the Leafs. The first three seasons of his professional career were spent honing his game in the minors playing for the St. John's Maple Leafs. In 1996, Cousineau got his NHL opportunity.

When veteran netminder Don Beaupre faltered as Felix Potvin's back up in Toronto, the call went out to Cousineau, who responded well, making 13 appearances with just five losses and one shutout to his credit. The next season the Maple Leafs signed another veteran, Glenn Healy, to serve as Potvin's partner and Cousineau was limited to just two games at the NHL level. At seasons end, he left the organization and signed with the New York Islanders.

Cousineau spent much of the season in the American Hockey League, but he did suit up for six games with the Islanders in 1998-99. That summer Cousineau was traded to the Los Angeles Kings as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Zigmund Palffy to California.

With the Kings, who already had two bonafide NHL netminders in Stephane Fiset and Jamie Storr, Cousineau would be hard pressed to get much ice time. While much of his time was spent in the AHL, he did manage to make five appearances for the Kings and posted his best NHL numbers with a 2.11 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1989-90 Richelieu Riverains QAAA 27 22 5 0 0 3.83 4 1 3 0 0 4.29
1990-91 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 49 14 29 3 1 4.27
1991-92 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 67 26 32 5 0 3.91
1992-93 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 39 12 24 2 0 4.44
1992-93 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 21 8 8 0 0 3.58 9 3 6 1 4.45
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 37 13 11 9 0 3.51
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 58 22 27 6 4 3.07 3 0 3 0 3.01
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 21 26 13 1 3.17 4 1 3 0 2.56
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 3 5 1 1 3.29
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 19 7 8 3 0 3.30 11 6 5 0 2.55
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0.00
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 57 17 25 13 1 3.03 4 1 3 0 2.36
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 6 0 4 0 0 2.87
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 53 26 17 7 3 2.75 3 0 3 0 4.20
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 1 1 0 0 2.11
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 23 15 6 1 0 2.80
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 37 15 20 2 1 2.84 1 0 1 0 4.10
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 28 10 12 2 1 2.88
2002-03 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 34 6 1.81 10 2 2.13
NHL Totals 26 4 10 1 1 2.92


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1991) Signed as a free agent by Toronto, November 13, 1993. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 29, 1998. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders with Ziggy Palffy, Brian Smolinski and New Jersey's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Daniel Johansson) in 1999 NHL Draft for Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Taylor Pyatt) in 1999 NHL Draft, June 20, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Cherepovets (Russia), July 20, 2002.
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