René Boileau
Position Centre
Shot Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
160 lb (73 kg)
Teams New York Americans
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 18, 1904(1904-05-18),
Pointe Claire, QC, CAN
Died 1969,
Pro Career 1926 – 1931

René Boileau (May 18, 1904 – 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played seven games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Americans and five seasons in various minor-professional leagues. As a publicity stunt, the Americans billed Boileau, a French Canadian, as "the first Native American in the NHL" and claimed his name was Rainy Drinkwater.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Boileau, a native of Pointe Claire, Quebec, played his only season in the NHL in 1925–26. Prior to joining the Americans, he played three seasons of amateur hockey in Montreal. Americans manager Tommy Duggan was anxious to promote the first-year Americans and upon signing Boileau used him as part of a publicity stunt. The Americans official announcement on the signing promoted Boileau under the pseudonym "Rainy Drinkwater" and announced that the French-Canadian player was instead from the Caughnawaga Indian Reservation, and the first Native American to play in the NHL. The Canadian press took note of the promotion; former Toronto Star sports editor Milt Dunnell said that "He received more ink than Sitting Bull". He played only seven games with the Americans, scoring no points.

Boileau spent the next five seasons playing professional hockey with the Niagara Falls Cataracts of the Canadian Professional Hockey League, New Haven Eagles of the Canadian American Hockey League and St. Louis Flyers of the American Hockey Association. He then played two seasons of senior hockey in Quebec before retiring in 1934. His son, Marc, played and coached in the NHL.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1925–26 New York Americans NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1926–27 Niagara Falls Cataracts CPHL 18 4 0 4 8
1927–28 New Haven Eagles CAHL 36 5 3 8 51
1928–29 St. Louis Flyers AHA 36 4 0 4 28
1929–30 St. Louis Flyers AHA 30 2 1 3 46
1931–32 St. Louis Flyers AHA 37 3 0 3 43
NHL totals 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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