Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vincent Riendeau
Vincent Riendeau played his junior hockey with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL where he was selected as a Second-Team All-Star in 1986. And before the season had ended, he had already signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens.

He turned pro in 1986-87 with the Sherbrooke Canadiens where he won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Trophy for allowing the fewest goals-against in the AHL. The following year, he appeared in one game with Montreal before returning to Sherbrooke where he again won the Holmes Trophy in partnership with Jocelyn Perreault.

During the off-season, the Canadiens determined that Riendeau was expendable and, as such, traded him to St. Louis. With the Blues, the rookie backstopper was pumped sky high for his debut. The first game was on the road in Hartford. His parents made the drive down from Quebec to watch their son's opening night. Their joy was dashed, however, as teammate Dave Lowry hit Riendeau's shoulder with a hard shot during the pre-game warm-up, putting the goalkeeper out of action for the night.

In his next, outing, he took a shot in the throat off the stick of defenseman Charlie Huddy. Riendeau joked that, henceforth, he was going to look for a safer line of work. He did, however, finally get his NHL career off the ground, picking up steady work with the Blues for the three seasons that followed. His best campaign came in 1990-91 when he posted 29 wins, nine losses and six ties.

But the following year, Curtis Joseph took command of the Blues' crease making Riendeau expendable. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he served as a backup for parts of three seasons, although he never really caught on with the club. He then jumped to the Boston Bruins for a brief spell and then headed to the minors where he has since seen action in Providence, Manitoba, Anchorage, Germany, and Scotland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1983-84 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 15 0 5.02
1983-84 Verdun Juniors QMJHL 41 22 13 2 2 4.14 7 4 3 0 0 5.80
1984-85 Sherbrooke College CEGEP
1985-86 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 57 33 20 3 2 3.81 23 10 12 0 1 4.98
1986-87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 41 25 14 0 2 2.89 13 8 5 0 3.80
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 8.33
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 44 27 13 3 4 2.67 2 0 2 0 3.31
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 11 15 5 0 3.52
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 17 19 5 1 3.50 8 3 4 0 3.63
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 44 29 9 6 3 3.01 13 6 7 1 3.06
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 1 2 0 0 4.20
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 2 0 0 0 1.38 2 1 0 0 3.29
1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.68
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 13 4 2 0 3.22
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 2 4 0 0 4.00
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 10 6 3 0 0 3.09
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 18 7 6 1 1 3.07 2 1 1 0 4.00
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 11 3 6 1 0 2.87
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 3.00
1995-96 SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany 47 4.00 3 6.35
1996-97 Manitoba Moose IHL 41 10 18 5 0 3.49
1997-98 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 14 0 3.04
1997-98 HC Lugano Swiss 1 0 0 1 0 1.85
1998-99 Ayr Scottish Eagles BH-Cup 9 5 2 2 1 2.60
1998-99 Lada Togliatti Russia 5 0 1.53 7 1 2.06
1999-00 Lada Togliatti Russia 16 4 2.16 1 0 8.57
2000-01 Anchorage Aces WCHL 21 8 10 2 0 4.13
NHL Totals 184 85 65 20 5 3.29 25 11 12 1 3.33


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Trophy (AHL - fewest goals-against) (1987)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1988)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Trophy (AHL - fewest goals-against) (1988) (shared with Jocelyn Perreault)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 9, 1985. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Sergio Momesso for Jocelyn Lemieux, Darrell May and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Patrice Brisebois) in 1989 NHL Draft, August 9, 1988. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for Rick Zombo, October 18, 1991. Traded to Boston by Detroit for Boston's 5th round pick (Chad Wilchynski) in 1995 NHL Draft, January 17, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Anchorage (WCHL), December 14, 2000.
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