The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former Montreal Junior Canadiens star André Boudrias, a two-time Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy recipient who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 75 in Whistler, BC.
Best known as one of the early faces of the Vancouver Canucks franchise, Boudrias enjoyed a nine-year NHL career before a two-year stint in the WHA where he won a league championship with the Québec Nordiques in 1977.
Boudrias was the first-ever two-time Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy recipient, paving the way for later stars in Marcel Dionne, Marc Savard, Peter Sarno and Corey Locke to follow in his footsteps. An undersized forward at 5-foot-8, 165Ib, Boudrias won the OHA scoring title with Montreal in both 1962 and 1964 while accumulating 287 points (84-203–287) over three seasons.
The Montreal, Que. native led the Canucks in scoring during their inaugural season and eventually served as the team’s captain. He wrapped up a 662-game NHL career with 151 goals, 340 assists and 491 regular season points.
Boudrias hung up the skates following the 1977-78 season, embarking on a lengthy tenure as assistant general manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1983-96, helping guide the team to Stanley Cup titles in 1986 and 1993. He ended his hockey career as a pro scout with the New Jersey Devils over a span of 15 seasons ending in 2012.
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