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BILLY COUTU (1916-1926)

Billy
Coutu

1952-1963
Position D
Shoots L
Weight 190lbs
Height 5'11"
Date of birth March 1st, 1892
Place of birth North Bay, ON, CAN
Deceased on February 25th, 1977
Seasons - MTL 9
Other numbers 9
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 198 24 16 40 0 357
1916-1917 18 0 0 0 0 9
1917-1918 20 2 2 4 0 49
1918-1919 15 1 2 3 0 18
1919-1920 20 4 0 4 0 67
1921-1922 24 4 3 7 0 8
1922-1923 24 5 2 7 0 37
1923-1924 16 3 1 4 0 18
1924-1925 28 3 2 5 0 56
1925-1926 33 2 4 6 0 95
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 17 0 1 1 0 81
1916-1917 5 0 0 0 0 46
1917-1918 2 0 0 0 0 3
1918-1919 5 0 1 1 0 8
1922-1923 1 0 0 0 0 22
1923-1924 2 0 0 0 0 0
1924-1925 2 0 0 0 0 2

THE MERE PRESENCE OF BILLY COUTU DETERRED OPPONENTS FROM TAKING LIBERTIES WITH THE TEAM’S STARS.

In his heyday, Billy Coutu was one of the most feared men who laced up the skates in the rough and tumble world of professional hockey. Born in North Bay, Ontario in 1892, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound defenseman spent a decade defending his territory against his opponents using any means necessary.

Coutu joined the Habs in 1916-17, their last year as part of the National Hockey Association (NHA). Montreal won the league title and earned the right to travel to the West coast to contend for the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans. Seattle took the best-of-five series, becoming the first American team to claim the title of Stanley Cup champions.

The NHL set up shop the next fall. With Coutu on defense and his well-developed mean streak often coming to the forefront, Montreal finished the new league’s inaugural schedule in 1917-18 tied for the best record.

In 1918-19, the Habs finished second in the three-team NHL and defeated the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs, earning the right to play for the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans. Five games into the series, with Coutu and three teammates hospitalized after falling victim to a global influenza epidemic that would take the life of Montreal player Joe Hall, the series was cancelled and the Cup was not awarded.

With Joe Hall’s death, Coutu became the Canadiens’ undisputed enforcer, a most effective deterrent to those who might choose to take liberties with the team’s marquee players. Loaned to the Hamilton Tigers for the 1920-21 season, Coutu played against his former Montreal mates with the same ferocity he had shown while wearing their colors.

Returning to Montreal at the beginning of 1921-22, Coutu once again began making life miserable for Habs’ opponents. Not allowing himself to be limited by the rules of play, no tactic was too underhanded or brutal as Coutu made sure that his opponents worried about more than simply preventing the likes of Morenz, Joliat, and Boucher from scoring.

In the spring of 1924, the Canadiens made their way back into contention for the Stanley Cup. With Georges Vézina in nets and Coutu creating mayhem on the blue line, Montreal was almost unimpeded in their efforts. Sweeping both western contenders, the Vancouver Millionaires and Calgary Tigers, the Habs captured their second Stanley Cup Championship.

Coutu, who captained the team in 1925-26, saw his time with Montreal come to an end prior to the 1926-27 season, when he was traded to Boston. Exposing his fiery personality, Coutu got into an altercation during practice with teammate Eddie Shore shortly after his arrival. Medical intervention was required to reattach Shore’s ear from the battle.

The last game of the 1927 Finals was also Coutu’s last NHL appearance. He attacked an official and was the first player to be banished from the NHL for life. The ban was lifted after tempers cooled but Coutu never played another NHL game. He played four years in the minors and then went into coaching, directing the Providence Reds for two winters.

Billy Couture passed away in 1977 on the eve of his 86th birthday.