March 03, 2016

Eddie Ouelette

Stocky but speedy center Eddie Ouelette was born in Ottawa but rose to high school hockey fame in Toronto.

In 1929-30 Ouelette jumped to the semi-pro ranks where he played for six seasons. It was in his sixth season, 1934-35 with the London Tecumsehs, that he caught the eye of National Hockey League bird dogs. He erupted with a 15 goal and league leading 25 assist season.

Hockey great Newsy Lalonde, now a scout for the Montreal Canadiens reportedly discovered Ouelette, and seemingly had it arranged for him to try out with the Habs in the 1935 training camp. However Ouellette jumped at a chance to attend the Chicago Black Hawks training camp instead.

Ouelette would make the Hawks roster, playing in 43 of the team's 48 games, as well as one playoff game. However Ouelette was used sparingly, scoring just three times and assisting on two others. He did notably fill in for the injured Howie Morenz early in the season, centering Johnny Gottselig and Mush March.

That would be Ouelette's only NHL season. He would continue to play pro hockey with the Portland Buckaroos until 1941.

Ouelette settled in to the Montreal area after hanging up the blades. He died in Verdun in 1975. He was 64 years old.

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