Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Bibeault
Goalie Paul Bibeault played over 200 games for four different clubs during the 1940s. He was a consistent and durable competitor whose solid work often came as an emergency fill in for established star who was called to military service. His other claim to fame was being the son-in-law of the legendary Frank Selke.

The Montreal native impressed the Canadiens' scouts while he starred with the Verdun Junior Maple Leafs. He played four games for the Habs in 1940-41 then gained further seasoning with the senior Canadiens and the AHL's Washington Lions. Bibeault played nearly two full years with Montreal and led the NHL with 50 appearances in 1942-43.

After serving briefly in the army, Bibeault was discharged and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on loan for the last half of the 1943-44 season. In so doing he became the third goalie after George Hainsworth and Lorne Chabot to play for both the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens. Bibeault excelled for the Blue and White with five shutouts and earned selection to the NHL second all-star team. He next played for the Boston Bruins who lost star netminder Frank Brimsek to military service.

After playing 41 games for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1946-47, Bibeault spent the remainder of his career in the minors. His finest season came in 1948-49 when he starred for the USHL's Dallas Texans. Bibeault was placed on the league's first all-star team, won the Charles Gardiner Memorial Trophy as the top goalie in the USHL, and was presented the Herman W. Paterson Cup as the league MVP. He retired in 1955 after playing a couple of games for the IHL's Cincinnati Mohawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1938-39 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 11 9 0 2 1 2.09 3 2 1 0 0 3.33
1938-39 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1938-39 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 7 4 3 0 0 2.71
1939-40 Verdun Maple Leafs QSHL 30 11 11 8 0 3.73 8 3 5 0 1 3.25
1940-41 Montreal Sr. Canadiens QSHL 34 0 3.56
1940-41 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 1 2 0 0 4.29
1941-42 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 17 19 2 1 3.30 3 1 2 1 2.67
1941-42 Washington Lions AHL 13 3 7 3 0 2.85
1942-43 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 19 19 12 1 3.81 5 1 4 1 3.38
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 13 14 2 5 3.00 5 1 4 0 4.60
1944-45 Boston Bruins NHL 26 6 18 2 0 4.55 7 3 4 0 3.02
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 16 8 4 4 2 2.81
1945-46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 4 6 0 0 3.00
1946-47 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 41 13 25 3 1 4.15
1946-47 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 11 1 2.73 9 4 5 0 1 3.33
1947-48 Buffalo Bisons AHL 25 15 8 2 0 3.32
1948-49 Dallas Texans USHL 65 24 26 15 2 3.78 4 2 2 0 1 2.75
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 15 7 7 1 0 3.40
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 18 8 8 1 0 3.17
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 16 5 10 1 0 3.67 1 1 0 0 0 0.64
1952-53
1953-54 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 3 0 2.67
1954-55 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 2 0 2.50
NHL Totals 214 81 107 25 10 3.65 20 6 14 2 3.44


QSHL Second All-Star Team (1940)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1944)
USHL First All-Star Team (1949)
Charles Gardiner Memorial Trophy (USHL - Top Goaltender) (1949)
Herman W. Paterson Cup (USHL - MVP) (1949)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, March 6, 1941. Loaned to Toronto by Montreal for remainder of 1943-44 season, December 22, 1943. Loaned to Boston by Montreal as a war-time replacement for Frank Brimsek, December 27, 1944. Returned to Montreal by Boston as an injury replacement for Bill Durnan, January 6, 1946. Mike McMahon was loaned to Boston on January 8, 1946 as compensation for recalling Bibeault. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for George Allen with both teams holding right of recall, September 23, 1946.
Players returned to original teams, June 2, 1947.
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