Michel Goulet scores goal #500

On February 16, 1992, Michel Goulet became the 17th player to score his 500th regular season goal in a 5-5 overtime tie against the Calgary Flames.

Goulet was chosen by the Quebec Nordiques in the first round of the 1979 NHL draft. The 6-foot-1 left wing was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks just before the trade deadline in 1990 season as part of a rebuilding and cost-cutting strategy.  10 playoff appearances. His career almost ended after the season ended because of a diagnosis of issues with a rapid heartbeat but with therapy was able to recover and continue with the NHL.

The Peribonka, Quebec, Canada native spent  seasons with the NHL but before he played with the pros he had a successful run with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association. Unfortunately, his career was cut short after suffering a severe concussion during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum in March of 1994.

Goulet scored 548 goals and made 10 separate playoff appearances by the time he retired in 1994. He was elected and inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with former teammate Peter Stastny in 1998.A year after his accident the Nordiques retired his number.

Related links: http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=P199802 (Legends of Hockey biography)


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