Real Cloutier
Position Forward
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born June 30 1956 (1956-06-30) (age 63),
Quebec City, PQ, CAN
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1976
Chicago Black Hawks
Pro Career 19791985

Réal "Buddy" Cloutier (born July 30, 1956, in Quebec City, Quebec) is a retired Canadian forward. Cloutier spent his most prolific years in the World Hockey Association (WHA) with the Quebec Nordiques. As the WHA folded, he played the remainder of his career with the Quebec Nordiques and the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Touted as one of the most brilliant prospects in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Cloutier played junior hockey for the Quebec Remparts. His final season with the Remparts saw him score 216 points to lead his squad.

In Cloutier's day, the National Hockey League did not allow teenagers to play, so he signed with the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association and made an immediate impact in his 1974–75 rookie season. He scored 26 goals and helped the Nordiques to the AVCO Cup finals.

The next season saw Cloutier break into stardom, as he scored 60 goals to begin a streak of four seasons of at least 56 goals. In 1976–77 season, he scored 66 goals and 141 points to lead the WHA in scoring, adding 14 goals and 13 assists in 17 playoff games to lead the Nordiques to their only AVCO Cup championship. His best goal scoring season came in the WHA's final season of 1978–79, when he scored 75 goals, at the time the third highest total in professional history.

Upon the time of the WHA's merger with the NHL, Quebec traded its first round draft choice (which would turn into future superstar Denis Savard) to the Chicago Black Hawks, which held Cloutier's NHL rights, so the Hawks would not reclaim him before the expansion draft. He proved to be a consistent scorer in the NHL, scoring 42 goals in 1979–80, and, although he was slowed by injuries, 37 and 28 goals his last two full seasons with the Nords.

In 1983, amidst rumors of off-ice problems, Cloutier was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. He immediately clashed with Sabres' coach Scotty Bowman, who had a long history of benching scoring stars whom he felt were not paying sufficient attention to defensive play. Although he scored a credible 24 goals and 60 points in his only full season for the Sabres, he was sent to the minor leagues the next year, retiring soon thereafter at the age of 28.

Cloutier retired as the fourth leading scorer in WHA history with 283 goals, 283 assists and 566 points in 369 games, adding 33 goals and 30 assists in 48 playoff games. In 317 NHL games, he scored 344 points.



Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73Quebec RempartsQMJHL5739609915
1973–74Quebec RempartsQMJHL699312321640
1974–75Quebec NordiquesWHA6326275336124372
1975–76Quebec NordiquesWHA7660541142754590
1976–77Quebec NordiquesWHA766675141391714132710
1977–78Quebec NordiquesWHA7356731291910971615
1978–79Quebec NordiquesWHA7775541294842242
1979–80Quebec NordiquesNHL6742478912
1980–81Quebec NordiquesNHL3415163118300010
1981–82Quebec NordiquesNHL673760973416751210
1982–83Quebec NordiquesNHL682839673040000
1983–84Buffalo SabresNHL772436602520000
1984–85Flint GeneralsIHL401125366
1984–85Rochester AmericansAHL124370
1984–85Buffalo SabresNHL40000
NHL totals 317 146 198 344 119 25 7 5 12 20

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Preceded by
Andre Savard
Quebec Nordiques first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Pierre Mondou
Preceded by
Greg Vaydik
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Doug Wilson
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