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Curtain call for "Q"

Monday, 22.08.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Curtain call for \"Q\"
Longtime Canadiens defenseman retires after 16 NHL seasons

Of his 1,037 career games on an NHL blue line, Quintal will be most remembered for his time spent during two stints with the Canadiens.

MONTREAL - The new-look NHL will be without a familiar face in 2005-06, as longtime Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal announced his retirement on Monday after 16 seasons in the league.

Of his 1,037 career games on an NHL blue line, Quintal will be most remembered for his time spent during two stints with the Canadiens. He sits 12th all-time for most games played by a Montreal defenseman, having donned the bleu-blanc-rouge on 507 occasions.

The native of Boucherville, QC, had the opportunity to celebrate his 1000th career NHL game while with Montreal in a 3-1 Canadiens victory over Buffalo on Jan. 6, 2004.

Drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in 1987, Quintal saw his childhood dream come true in 1995 when he was acquired by the Canadiens from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a second-round draft pick. After leaving Montreal as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 1999, he returned to his hometown just two seasons later.

Tour of Duty

Here's a look at where Stephane Quintal's games played with Montreal ranks all-time among Canadiens defenseman.

1. Larry Robinson 1,202
2. Serge Savard 917
3. Doug Harvey 890
4. Tom Johnson 857
5. J.C. Tremblay 794
6. Jean-Guy Talbot 791
Patrice Brisebois 791
8. Emile Bouchard 785
9. Guy Lapointe 777
10. Jacques Laperriere 691
11. Craig Rivet 518
12. Stephane Quintal 507

Signed by the L.A. Kings in the summer of 2004, the 36-year-old never had the chance to play in Tinseltown due to season-long lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 campaign.  It now appears fitting that his last NHL game will have been played with the CH on his chest.

"Q" will become a full-time daddy alongside wife Anick Redburn, infant daughter Jzabel and a brand new member of Team Quintal born just last Friday.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.