Nathan Beaulieu
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Born December 5 1992 (1992-12-05) (age 27),
Strathroy, Ontario
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2011
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012–present

Nathan Anthony Richard Beaulieu (born December 5, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Beaulieu helped the Sea Dogs capture the 2011 Memorial Cup, and was named to the tournament's all-star team.

Playing careerEdit

Beaulieu was drafted by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the fourth round (68th overall) of the 2008 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget Draft.[1] When he started his career with the Sea Dogs in 2008, his father, Jacques was the team's head coach. His father was fired by the team and replaced with Gerard Gallant in 2009, an incident which caused Beaulieu to consider leaving the team. He decided to remain with Saint John after speaking with Gallant.[2]

During the 2010–11 QMJHL season, Beaulieu established himself as a top prospect for the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, and was nominated for the Mike Bossy Trophy, awarded to the league's top professional prospect.[3] He lost the award to Sean Couturier.[4] Beaulieu was ranked fifth among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in their final rankings, an improvement from his mid-season ranking of ninth.[5] Saint John captured the QMJHL league championship and moved on to the 2011 Memorial Cup. Beaulieu scored the winning goal in the team's first game of the tournament against the host Mississauga Majors.[2] The Sea Dogs met the Majors again in the championship game of the tournament and won 3-1, to capture the Memorial Cup. After the tournament, Beaulieu was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.[6] The Sea Dogs win was the second Memorial Cup win for the Beaulieu family, as Jacques was an assistant coach with the London Knights when they won in 2005.[7]

Beaulieu made his professional debut in the 2012–13 season, with the Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. He later played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens on March 30, 2013.

Scouting reportEdit

Beaulieu is a two-way, puck moving defenseman with very good skating abilities. Offensively, he can get very creative with his good vision and skating. He has a good first pass. He also defends well and blocks shots. He's consistently growing as a leader and doesn't mind fighting from time to time. Beaulieu is also very inconsistent offensively, as he can get invisible for a game and then be very flashy for another. He doesn't produce a good amount of points and is not a very good finisher. His shot is average but can pull off a decent one-timer from the point. He also is very risky as he can cause bad turnovers when trying to get too fancy.

Personal lifeEdit

Assault ChargeEdit

On April 27, 2013, Beaulieu, along with his father Jacques, were involved in an altercation in their hometown of Strathroy, Ontario. The incident in question took place following a charity golf tournament at a private residence and stemmed from property damages by the Beaulieus. As a result, two people were assaulted and suffered minor injuries.[8][9]

In August 2013, Beaulieu and his father pleaded guilty to assault. Each was assessed penalties of conditional discharges with nine months' probation -- a joint recommendation from the Crown and the defence.[10][11]

International playEdit

Medal record
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Beaulieu in January 2012
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Beaulieu participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Canada and won the bronze medal.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL4928101440002
2009–10Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL6612334540214121622
2010–11Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL6512334552194131726
2011–12Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL53114152100174111532
2012–13Hamilton BulldogsAHL677243163
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL60220
2013–14Hamilton BulldogsAHL577202733
2013–14Montreal CanadiensNHL17022870222
2014–15Montreal CanadiensNHL641894550110
2014–15Hamilton BulldogsAHL82249
2015–16Montreal CanadiensNHL642171955
2016–17Montreal CanadiensNHL74424284450110
NHL totals 225 7 53 60 152 17 0 4 4 2


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Atlantic WHC17 9th 5 0 2 2 4
2012 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon 6 0 1 1 16
Junior totals 11 0 3 3 20

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year Ref
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2011 [12]
QMJHL President's Cup Championship 2011, 2012
Memorial Cup Championship 2011 [13]
IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal 2012


  1. Nathan Beaulieu. Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Klinkenberg, Marty (2011-05-23). Beaulieu in pursuit of rare father/son accomplishment. Telegraph Journal. Canada East. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  3. Morreale, Mike G. (2011-03-22). QMJHL Announces finalists for Golden Puck Awards. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  4. Beacon, Bill (2011-04-07). Islanders, Rocket goalie among QMJHL award winners. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  5. Beaulieu, Nathan. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  6. MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners. Canadian Hockey League (2011-05-29). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  7. Strathroy's Nathan Beaulieu part of Memorial Cup team. Strathroy Age Dispatch (2011-06-01). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.
  8. Montreal Canadiens prospect, dad plead guilty to assault charges. Brantford Expositor. Retrieved on June 1, 2015.
  9. Habs prospect Nathan Beaulieu pleads guilty to assault charges. CBS Sports. Retrieved on November 13, 2016.
  10. Montreal Canadiens prospect, dad plead guilty to assault charges. Brantford Expositor. Retrieved on June 1, 2015.
  11. Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu pleads guilty to assault. The Canadian Press. Retrieved on December 13, 2015.
  12. "Memorial Cup All-Star Teams". Memorial Cup (2012-03-04). Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  13. Strathroy's Nathan Beaulieu part of Memorial Cup team. Strathroy Age Dispatch (2011-06-01). Retrieved on 2011-06-03.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jarred Tinordi
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Alex Galchenyuk
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