Charles Simard-Hudon (born June 23, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Left Wing currently playing with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 122nd overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
June 23, 1994|
Alma, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Montreal Canadiens|
122nd overall, 2012|
Hudon played his amateur midget hockey within his native Quebec with the Saint-Eustache Vikings of the QMAAA. He was drafted to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, 6th overall by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Following two prolific seasons in the QMJHL he was selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
On May 5, 2013, Hudon was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens. During his last junior season in 2013–14, continuing as the Saguenéens captain, Hudon lead the offense with 41 points in 33 games before he was traded to Baie-Comeau Drakkar. He helped Drakkar to the President Cup Finals, co-leading the team in goals with 10 and finishing third amongst points with 21.
In his first full professional season in 2014–15, Hudon was assigned to the Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Hudon quickly assumed a top-line scoring role and recorded a spectacular rookie season with 57 points in 75 games. Finishing second amongst the Bulldogs in scoring and second amongst rookie's league-wide, Hudon was selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team. Hudon was also selected to the AHL All-Star Game, posting 3 goals and an assist to earn co-MVP honors.
In the following 2015–16 season, Hudon was initially re-assigned to new AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps. On December 8, 2015, he received his first NHL recall by the Montreal Canadiens. He made his NHL debut and recorded his first NHL point with an assist in a 3–2 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on December 10, 2015. He posted another assist in his second game before he was returned to the IceCaps on December 18, 2015.
During the 2017–18 season, Hudon recorded his first two career NHL goals in an 8–3 win over the Ottawa Senators on October 30. In his first season of regular NHL action, he ultimately generated 23 primary points (10 goals and 13 primary assists) on a team that struggled for offensive consistency.
On 6 October 2018, Hudon scored his first goal of the 2018-19 season in a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hudon snapped a nine game goal drought on 10 November 2018, scoring the first goal in a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. He ultimately disappointed in his second full season with the Canadiens, registering only five points (three goals and two assists) in 32 games. Hudon rejected a qualifying contract offer, priming him for restricted free agency.
On July 19, 2019, Hudon signed a one-year, $900,000 contract extension with the Canadiens. He was waived by the Canadiens before the start of the season, but cleared and was reassigned to the Laval Rocket. After scoring nine goals to start the season with the Rocket, Hudon was recalled by the Canadiens on 16 November 2019.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2015–16||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||67||28||25||53||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||56||27||22||49||52||4||1||3||4||2|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Michel Bergeron Trophy||2011|
|Rookie of the Year||2011|
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2012|
|AHL All-Star Game||2015|
|AHL All-Star Game MVP||2015|||
- "Canadiens sign Charles Hudon to three-year deal". Montreal Canadiens. 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
- "2014-15 All-Rookie Team Announced". American Hockey League. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
- "Bulldogs Hudon nets hat-trick in AHL All-Star win". Sportsnet.ca. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
- "Helm scores twice, Red Wings rally past Canadiens". National Hockey League. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- Hickey, Pat. "Canadiens' offence explodes in 8-3 rout of Ottawa Senators". Ottawa: Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
Charles Hudon led the offence with his first two NHL goals
- "The best is yet to come for Charles Hudon". Eyes On The Prize. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
- "Montréal Canadiens - Pittsburgh Penguins - October 6th, 2018". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
- Hickey, Pat (11 November 2018). "Canadiens put on a lively show to edge flashy Vegas Golden Knights". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- "Canadiens' Charles Hudon: Sparks comeback Saturday". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- Cowan, Stu (2019-06-18). "Charles Hudon turns down qualifying offer from Canadiens". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
- "Canadiens agree to terms with Charles Hudon". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- Cowan, Stu (2019-09-30). "Canadiens' Charlie Lindgren and Charles Hudon clear NHL waivers". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
- Lefrançois, Guillaume (2019-11-16). "Hudon rappelé, Kotkaniemi de retour, Drouin et Byron blessés". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-16.