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AURÈLE JOLIAT (1922-1938)

Aurèle
Joliat

1952-1963
Position L
Shoots L
Weight 136lbs
Height 5'6"
Date of birth August 29th, 1901
Place of birth Ottawa, ON, CAN
Deceased on June 2nd, 1986
Seasons - MTL 16
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 655 270 190 460 0 771
1922-1923 24 12 9 21 0 37
1923-1924 24 15 5 20 0 27
1924-1925 25 30 11 41 0 85
1925-1926 35 17 9 26 0 52
1926-1927 43 14 4 18 0 79
1927-1928 44 28 11 39 0 105
1928-1929 44 12 5 17 0 59
1929-1930 42 19 12 31 0 40
1930-1931 43 13 22 35 0 73
1931-1932 48 15 24 39 0 46
1932-1933 48 18 21 39 0 53
1933-1934 48 22 15 37 0 27
1934-1935 48 17 12 29 0 18
1935-1936 48 15 8 23 0 16
1936-1937 47 17 15 32 0 30
1937-1938 44 6 7 13 0 24
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 46 9 13 22 0 66
1922-1923 2 1 0 1 0 11
1923-1924 2 1 1 2 0 0
1924-1925 1 0 0 0 0 5
1926-1927 4 1 0 1 0 10
1927-1928 2 0 0 0 0 4
1928-1929 3 1 1 2 0 10
1929-1930 6 0 2 2 0 6
1930-1931 10 0 4 4 0 12
1931-1932 4 2 0 2 0 4
1932-1933 2 2 1 3 0 2
1933-1934 3 0 1 1 0 0
1934-1935 2 1 0 1 0 0
1936-1937 5 0 3 3 0 2

SPORTING HIS TRADEMARK PEAKED CAP, AURÈLE JOLIAT TERRORIZED OPPOSING DEFENDERS OVER 16 SEASONS ALONGSIDE HOWIE MORENZ.

Aurèle Joliat was not a fan favorite when he joined the Canadiens to start the 1922-23 NHL season. Obtained in exchange for Newsy Lalonde, the team’s first scoring superstar, the diminutive Ottawa native had big skates to fill.

At just 5-foot-6 and tipping the scales at 136 pounds, Joliat played in an era when men took care of themselves on the ice. Bigger men intent on inflicting physical damage soon found out that that Joliat refused to back down and often felt no obligation to drop his stick, especially when settling accounts with adversaries 50 pounds heavier.

Toughness combined with speed, smarts and shiftiness were Joliat’s trademarks for the next 16 seasons. Most NHLers of the 1920s and 30s had nicknames; Joliat had two. He was known as both “The Little Giant” and “The Mighty Atom”.

Wearing his trademark peaked cap, Joliat was an instant scoring sensation, finishing among the NHL’s leaders in his rookie campaign. A complete player, he was as proficient at thwarting an enemy’s rush down the ice as he was at creating his own scoring chances. Joliat was paired with Howie Morenz the following season and the two went on to form one of the most potent scoring duos of the NHL’s early years.

Joliat was a member of three championship teams. His first title came in 1924, before the Stanley Cup became exclusive property of the NHL. The Canadiens had to defeat both the Vancouver Millionaires and the Calgary Tigers to lay claim to being the top hockey team in Canada.

A second victory came Joliat’s way in 1930 when the Habs defeated the heavily favored Boston Bruins. The following year, Montreal took the Cup again, this time downing the Chicago Blackhawks in a five-game series.

After a dozen years patrolling the left wing for the Montreal Canadiens, Joliat’s value to the team was officially recognized. He received the Hart Trophy, as the league’s most valuable player.

Joliat retired after the 1937-38 season, the only one in which he didn’t light the lamp at least a dozen times. With 270 goals to his name, “The Mighty Atom” was the all-time team leader until his title was usurped by Maurice Richard. Almost 70 years after he last appeared in an NHL game, “The Little Giant” still ranks ninth on the list.

Aurèle Joliat was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947, the third player from the Montreal Canadiens to receive the honor.

Active, energetic and feisty throughout his life, Joliat strapped on his blades and skated Ottawa’s Rideau Canal every winter until he was well past 80.

His last turn on Montreal ice came in 1984 when the Canadiens unveiled an All-Time Dream Team as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations. Joliat, who played in the first Canadiens game at the Forum, was introduced as the oldest living Hab. The 83-year-old won the hearts of the capacity crowd when, after falling a couple times in the attempt, he managed to stuff a puck behind Jacques Plante.

Joliat passed away at the age of 85 on June 2, 1986.