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'''Wilfrid "Billy" Arthur Coutu''' (March 1, 1892 - February 28, 1978) was born Wilfrid Arthur Coutu. Coutu was a professional [[Canadian]] defenceman who played 10 seasons in the [[National Hockey League]] for the [[Montreal Canadiens]], the [[Hamilton Tigers (NHL)|Hamilton Tigers]], and the [[Boston Bruins]]. He was the first, and so far only player banned from the NHL for life, as a result of his attack on a [[referee]] in 1927.
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'''Wilfrid "Billy" Arthur Coutu''' (March 1, 1892 - February 28, 1978) was born Wilfrid Arthur Coutu. Coutu was a professional [[Canadian]] defenceman who played 10 seasons in the [[National Hockey League]] for the [[Montreal Canadiens]], the [[Hamilton Tigers]], and the [[Boston Bruins]]. He was the first, and so far only player banned from the NHL for life, as a result of his attack on a [[referee]] in 1927.
   
A former [[captain]] of the [[Montreal Canadiens]] ([[1925–26 NHL season|1925–26]]), Coutu also played for the [[Boston Bruins]] and [[Hamilton Tigers (NHL)|Hamilton Tigers]] and coached the [[Providence Reds]]. His name appears on the [[1923–24 NHL season|1923–24]] [[Stanley Cup]] ring.
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A former [[captain]] of the [[Montreal Canadiens]] ([[1925–26 NHL season|1925–26]]), Coutu also played for the [[Boston Bruins]] and [[Hamilton Tigers]] and coached the [[Providence Reds]]. His name appears on the [[1923–24 NHL season|1923–24]] [[Stanley Cup]] ring.
   
==Personal Life==
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== Personal life ==
 
Billy Coutu's last name is sometimes incorrectly spelled "Couture", an error which appears in many NHL history books. He and his family pronounced their name "Koochee", which was sometimes confused with "Couture".
 
Billy Coutu's last name is sometimes incorrectly spelled "Couture", an error which appears in many NHL history books. He and his family pronounced their name "Koochee", which was sometimes confused with "Couture".
   
 
Ms. Aird Stuart, the sister of Coutu's wife, Gertrude Aird, was the mother of Mary Morenz and grandmother of Marlene Geoffrion, daughter of [[Howie Morenz]] and widow of [[Bernie Geoffrion]]. Howie Morenz played with Coutu on the Canadiens.
 
Ms. Aird Stuart, the sister of Coutu's wife, Gertrude Aird, was the mother of Mary Morenz and grandmother of Marlene Geoffrion, daughter of [[Howie Morenz]] and widow of [[Bernie Geoffrion]]. Howie Morenz played with Coutu on the Canadiens.
   
==Playing Career==
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== Playing career ==
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Coutu turned professional with the Canadiens in [[1916–17 NHA season|1916–17]], the last season of the NHA. He stayed with the Canadiens when the new NHL formed for [[1917–18 NHL season|1917–18]]. During the [[Stanley Cup]] playoffs in [[1918–19 NHL season|1919]], Coutu and four other teammates contracted influenza and were hospitalized. The [[Stanley Cup#1919 flu epidemic: Stanley Cup not awarded|1919 Stanley Cup series was cancelled]].
 
Coutu turned professional with the Canadiens in [[1916–17 NHA season|1916–17]], the last season of the NHA. He stayed with the Canadiens when the new NHL formed for [[1917–18 NHL season|1917–18]]. During the [[Stanley Cup]] playoffs in [[1918–19 NHL season|1919]], Coutu and four other teammates contracted influenza and were hospitalized. The [[Stanley Cup#1919 flu epidemic: Stanley Cup not awarded|1919 Stanley Cup series was cancelled]].
   
After playing the [[1920–21 NHL season]] with the [[Hamilton Tigers (NHL)|Hamilton Tigers]], Coutu was traded back to Montreal prior to the start of the [[1921–22 NHL season]], along with [[Sprague Cleghorn]], in exchange for [[Harry Mummery]], [[Amos Arbour]], and [[Cully Wilson]], in the NHL's first multiple-player trade.
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After playing the [[1920–21 NHL season]] with the [[Hamilton Tigers]], Coutu was traded back to Montreal prior to the start of the [[1921–22 NHL season]], along with [[Sprague Cleghorn]], in exchange for [[Harry Mummery]], [[Amos Arbour]], and [[Cully Wilson]], in the NHL's first multiple-player trade.
   
 
After the [[1925–26 NHL season]], Coutu was traded to the [[Boston Bruins]] in exchange for [[Amby Moran]]. During his first practice with the Bruins, Coutu body-slammed [[Eddie Shore]]. Coutu's forehead hit Shore's skull, severing Shore's ear. Shore visited several doctors who wanted to amputate the ear, but finally found one who sewed it back on. After refusing anaesthetic, Shore used a mirror to watch the doctor sew the ear back on. Shore claimed Coutu used his [[hockey stick]] to cut off the ear, and Coutu was fined $50. However, Shore later recanted and Coutu's money was refunded.
 
After the [[1925–26 NHL season]], Coutu was traded to the [[Boston Bruins]] in exchange for [[Amby Moran]]. During his first practice with the Bruins, Coutu body-slammed [[Eddie Shore]]. Coutu's forehead hit Shore's skull, severing Shore's ear. Shore visited several doctors who wanted to amputate the ear, but finally found one who sewed it back on. After refusing anaesthetic, Shore used a mirror to watch the doctor sew the ear back on. Shore claimed Coutu used his [[hockey stick]] to cut off the ear, and Coutu was fined $50. However, Shore later recanted and Coutu's money was refunded.
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*1915–16 Michigan Soo Indians ([[NMHL]])
 
*1915–16 Michigan Soo Indians ([[NMHL]])
 
*1916–20 [[Montreal Canadiens]] ([[National Hockey Association|NHA]]),(NHL)
 
*1916–20 [[Montreal Canadiens]] ([[National Hockey Association|NHA]]),(NHL)
*1920–21 [[Hamilton Tigers (NHL)|Hamilton Tigers]] (NHL)
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*1920–21 [[Hamilton Tigers]] (NHL)
 
*1921–26 [[Montreal Canadiens]] (NHL)
 
*1921–26 [[Montreal Canadiens]] (NHL)
 
*1926–27 [[Boston Bruins]] (NHL) (expelled)
 
*1926–27 [[Boston Bruins]] (NHL) (expelled)
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==External Links==
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