Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Boisvert
Gilles Boisvert stood just 5'8" and weighed no more than 160 pounds but in an era when goaltenders played without masks or helmets, his bright red hair certainly stood out. "Red" as he was nicknamed by his teammates, had very quick reflexes and had a great glove hand. He played his minor hockey in his hometown of Trois Rivieres and only briefly left home in 1952-53 to suit up for the Barrie-Kitchener Canucks of the OHA.

In 1953-54, Boisvert turned pro and tended goal for both the Amherst Meteors of the NBSHL and the Sydney Millionaires of the old MMHL on the east coast. In fact Boisvert played in the minor leagues with several teams in different leagues before getting his one and only shot at playing in the NHL in 1959-60 with the Detroit Red Wings. He had been part of a huge trade more than four years earlier which saw Boisvert and four others traded to Detroit by the Boston Bruins in exchange for four players including star netminder Terry Sawchuk, who was said to have been devastated by the trade. Boisvert played three games in goal for Detroit, coming out on the losing end of all three games.

Boisvert was soon back in the minors but he loved the game so much he continued to play for another ten years, the last seven of which were with the AHL's Baltimore Clippers. He retired after playing three games in 1969-70.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1949-50 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL-B 20 14 5 1 3 3.15 4 1 3 0 0 4.25
1950-51 Cap-de-Madeleine Caps QJHL-B
1950-51 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL 5 2 3 0 1 3.80
1951-52 Cap-de-Madeleine Caps QJHL-B
1951-52 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL 5 0 5 0 0 3.69
1952-53 Barrie<196>Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 51 0 4.25
1953-54 Amherst Meteors NBSHL 40 18 19 2 0 3.78 7 2 5 0 1 3.72
1953-54 Sydney Millionaires MMHL 9 5 4 0 3 2.32 3 2 1 0 1 1.33
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 7 3 3 0 0 3.21 14 7 7 0 2 2.93
1954-55 Hershey Bears AHL 5 4 1 0 1 2.20
1955-56 Edmonton Flyers WHL 60 30 28 2 2 3.50
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens QHL 10 5 3 1 0 2.40
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 17 1 3.24
1957-58 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 51 31 16 4 5 2.94 6 2 4 0 1 2.09
1958-59 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 51 23 27 1 1 3.73
1959-60 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 12 5 5 1 0 4.09
1959-60 Cleveland Barons AHL 24 13 6 5 2 2.79
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 3 0 0 3.00
1959-60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 11 7 4 0 0 3.55
1960-61 Ottawa Senators OCHL 17 2 3.17
1960-61 Spokane Comets WHL 36 16 19 0 2 3.89
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 3 1 2 0 0 4.00
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 4 1 2 0 0 3.60
1961-62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 5 1 2 2 0 4.60
1961-62 Edmonton Flyers WHL 44 23 18 3 2 3.54 12 8 4 0 0 3.57
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 12 3 8 1 1 4.83
1962-63 Edmonton Flyers WHL 47 21 26 0 0 3.70 3 1 2 0 0 2.97
1963-64 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 3 0 3 0 0 5.00
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 7 1 4 1 0 3.86
1964-65 Vancouver Canucks WHL 10 5 5 0 1 2.80
1964-65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 26 15 8 3 0 3.40
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 28 9 17 0 0 3.75
1966-67 Baltimore Clippers AHL 3 1 0 1 1 2.57 1 0 0 0 0 8.00
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 18 5 9 2 2 3.44
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 16 9 5 2 2 3.08 1 0 0 0 0 3.00
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 3 1 0 0 0 2.67
NHL Totals 3 0 3 0 0 3.00


NBSHL First All-Star Team (1954)
NBSHL - MVP (1954)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1958)
Vezina Memorial Trophy (QHL - Top Goaltender) (1958)
Claimed by Boston (Hershey-AHL) from Mtl. Royals (QHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 1, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Ed Sandford, Real Chevrefils, Norm Corcoran and Warren Godfrey for Terry Sawchuk, Vic Stasiuk, Marcel Bonin and Lorne Davis, June 3, 1955. Loaned to Cleveland (AHL) by Detroit (Sudbury-EPHL) for cash, November, 1959. Promoted to Detroit from Cleveland (AHL) to replace Terry Sawchuk in games on November 26, 28, 29, 1959. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Detroit for cash, June, 1963.
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