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Gilles Boisvert
Gilles Boisvert
Goaltender
(bwah VAIR)
Number: 1
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 152
Catches: Left
Born: Feb 15, 1933
Birthplace: Trois-rivieres, QC, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Boston with Ed Sandford, Real Chevrefils, Norm Corcoran and Warren Godfrey for Terry Sawchuk, Vic Stasiuk, Marcel Bonin and Lorne Davis on June 3, 1955.
Gilles Boisvert stood just 5-foot-8 and weighed no more than 160-pounds but in an era when goaltenders played without masks or helmets, his bright red hair certainly stood out. "Red" as he was nicknamed by his teammates, had very quick reflexes and had a great glove hand. He played his minor hockey in his hometown of Trois Rivieres and only briefly left home in 1952-53 to suit up for the Barrie-Kitchener Canucks of the OHA.

In 1953-54, Boisvert turned pro and tended goal for both the Amherst Meteors of the NBSHL and the Sydney Millionaires of the old MMHL on the east coast. In fact Boisvert played in the minor leagues with several teams in different leagues before getting his one and only shot at playing in the NHL in 1959-60 with the Detroit Red Wings. He had been part of a huge trade more than four years earlier which saw Boisvert and four others traded to Detroit by the Boston Bruins in exchange for four players including star netminder Terry Sawchuk, who was said to have been devastated by the trade. Boisvert played three games in goal for Detroit, coming out on the losing end of all three games.

Boisvert was soon back in the minors but he loved the game so much he continued to play for another ten years, the last seven of which were with the AHL's Baltimore Clippers. He retired after playing three games in 1969-70.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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