August 12, 2016

Claude St. Sauveur

When you score 24 goals and 48 points and help your struggling team make the playoffs in your first NHL season, it usually isn't your last NHL season.

Such was the case for Claude St. Sauveur.

St. Sauveur was a crafty though spindly pivot out of Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was a scoring star with his hometown Castors, with 128 goals in 148 career QMJHL games.

That success got him drafted 54th overall by the NHL's California Golden Seals in 1972. It also got him drafted by Miami of the World Hockey Association, a competitor league to the NHL in the 1970s.

It was in the WHA where Claude St. Sauveur played the majority of his career. In two of his six seasons he scored more than 30 goals. In 285 career WHA games he scored an even 112 goals and 112 assists.

He lone NHL season came in 1975-76 with the Atlanta Flames, who had purchased his right from California just prior to the season.

He would return to Quebec and become a coach. His most famous understudy was a young Patrick Roy with the QMHJL's Granby Bisons.

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