8. Real Cloutier

The Quebec Nordiques of the 1970s were not just representing Quebec City, but they also were loaded with French-Canadiens.  One of those stars was Real Cloutier, an offensively skilled player who would win the WHA Scoring Title twice.  The Nordiques owned that award for four consecutive years as his teammate; Marc Tardif won that honor in 1975-76 and 1977-78 with Cloutier capturing it in 1976-77 and 1977-79.  In those four years where the two Quebecers were trading the Bill Hunter Trophy (The WHA’s version of the Art Ross), Cloutier never had less than 114 Points and was a post-season All-Star (one First Team and three Second Team) Selection in all of those years.  He would also score 27 Points in the 1977 Avco Cup Playoffs, which were won by Quebec.

Cloutier was able to stay with Quebec when they joined the National Hockey League as they traded their 1980 1st Round Pick to Chicago, who held his NHL rights.  The Right Wing went to the All-Star Game in 1980 with an 89 Point year.  Cloutier would have 97 Points in 1981-82, but his production would slip, and he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in the 1983 off-season.

Overall, Real Cloutier accumulated 850 Points for Quebec and has the fourth most Points in WHA history.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Selected in the WHA Amateur Draft 6/??/74.
  • Departed: Traded to the Buffalo Sabres with Quebec’s 1983 1st Round Pick (which would be Adam Creighton) for Tony McKegney, Andre Savard, Jean-Francois Sauve and Buffalo’s 1983 3rd Round Pick (which would be Ilro Jarvi) 6/8/83.
  • Games Played: 605
  • Notable Statistics: 405 Goals, 445 Assists, 850 Points, 263 PIM, 1.41 PPG, +153 Plus/Minus, *22.6 Point Shares, 75 Points in 71 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Avco Cup (1977)

    Bill Hunter Trophy WHA (1977 & 1979)

    First Team WHA All-Star (1979)

    Second Team WHA All-Star (1976, 1977 & 1978)

    All-Star Game (1980)

    Most Goals WHA (1978-79)

    Most Points WHA (1976-77 & 1978-79)

    Most Goals per Game WHA (1978-79)

    Most Points per Game WHA (1978-79)




    *Point Shares cannot be calculated for the WHA.

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