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June 21, 1957|
Joliette, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Toronto Maple Leafs
8th overall, 1977|
New York Rangers
9th overall, 1977|
Born in Joliette, Quebec, DeBlois was selected in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers in the first round, eighth overall. He was chosen over Mike Bossy by Rangers' general manager John Ferguson, Sr. because "Bossy didn't check enough for the NHL." DeBlois was a top Canadian major junior player in the mid-seventies, where he tallied excellent numbers with the Sorel Black Hawks. He also won the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as the league MVP during his last junior season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
In his National Hockey League (NHL) career he played for six teams, the New York Rangers (1977–1979 and 1986–1989), Colorado Rockies (1979–1981), Winnipeg Jets (1981–1984 and 1992), Montreal Canadiens (1984–1986), Quebec Nordiques (1989–1990) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–1992). He won a Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Canadiens and also participated in the Stanley Cup Final in 1979 with the Rangers. During his career, DeBlois captained the Jets for two seasons and was an assistant for others (Montreal, New York and Winnipeg). He scored his 200th NHL career goal in the 1986–87 season against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens.
After his playing career, he became a broadcaster for RDS, later becoming an amateur scout for the Nordiques and later was added to a six-man coaching roster under Pierre Pagé with the same team in the spring of 1993 (André Savard, Don Jackson, Jacques Cloutier, Clément Jodoin, and DeBlois). He was the original coach and general manager of Moncton's first QMJHL franchise in 1995–1996, the Moncton Alpines. DeBlois later became an assistant coach with the Kansas City Blades in the International Hockey League (IHL) for two seasons.
DeBlois currently resides in Montreal. He has three sons; Christian, Simon (twins) and Dominic. Dominic DeBlois, the youngest, played in the QMJHL during four seasons for Chicoutimi and Rouyn-Noranda where he became team captain his last two years of eligibility.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1977–78||New York Rangers||NHL||71||22||8||30||27||3||0||0||0||2|
|1978–79||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||7||4||6||10||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||62||11||17||28||26||9||2||0||2||4|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||6||3||1||4||7||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||40||3||8||11||27||2||0||0||0||2|
|1987–88||New York Rangers||NHL||74||9||21||30||103||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||73||9||24||33||107||4||0||0||0||4|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||38||10||12||22||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||54||8||11||19||39||—||—||—||—||—|
- Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: the ultimate A–Z guide of everyone whoa has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
- Podnieks, p. 193
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
| New York Rangers first round draft pick
| Quebec Nordiques first round draft pick
| Winnipeg Jets captain
| Head coach of the Moncton Wildcats