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Gary Croteau
Gary Croteau
Right Wing
Number: 11
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205
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Born: Jun 20, 1946
Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Los Angeles with Dale Rolfe and Larry Johnston for Garry Monahan, Matt Ravlich and Brian Gibbons on February 20, 1970.
Gary Croteau began his trek to the NHL by playing three years of NCAA hockey with St. Lawrence University, starting in 1965 at the age of 19. Croteau was a dominant offensive force right from the start, scoring 20 goals and 31 points in just 24 games in his rookie season. He followed that up with 21 goals and 38 points in 27 games in his second season. Croteau's numbers continued to improve, and by his final year in 1967-68, he averaged better than a goal per game, scoring 21 times while collecting 40 points in only 19 games.

NHL scouts, who were not overly enthusiastic about the general level of U.S. college in those days, could not help but take notice of Croteau's exceptional offensive capabilities, and with the league having recently expanded from six to 12 teams, there was more opportunity for a wide-open style of play, and Croteau fit the bill. He was signed to a professional contract by the Los Angeles Kings in 1968. Most of that season was spent with the Springfield Kings of the AHL, but Croteau was inserted into the L.A. lineup for eleven games, where he scored five times, assisting on another.

In 1969-70, Croteau was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, but he appeared in just ten games, picking up a pair of assists in limited ice-time duty. What does stick out in his mind is the final game of the season that year when the Wings faced the Rangers. New York and Montreal were battling for a playoff spot and goals for would come into play if the Canadiens lost their final game of the year. The Rangers won the game 9-5, but Detroit did score two empty-netters. Later that night the Montreal Canadiens, trailing 5-2 to Chicago midway through the final period, pulled goalie Rogie Vachon in an attempt to finish the season with more goals than the Rangers. The move backfired and Chicago scored five times into an empty net for a 10-2 win. Montreal missed the playoffs by two goals.

From 1970 until 1974, he got his first chance at playing full-time as a member of the lowly California Golden Seals. He was picked up by the expansion Kansas City Scouts for the 1974-75 season where he played for two seasons before the franchise moved to Denver, Colorado and were renamed the Rockies. It was in Denver that Croteau enjoyed his greatest individual success. In 1976-77, he had 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points. Croteau remained with the Rockies until the 1979-80 season. He played one more year of pro hockey with the CHL's Fort Worth Texans before retiring at the age of 34.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59