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Damphousse hangs them up

Thursday, 08.09.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Damphousse hangs them up
Former Habs captain calls it a career after 18 NHL seasons

Damphousse will forever be remembered as a Hab for the key role he played in helping bring the Stanley Cup to Montreal in 1993.

MONTREAL - After speaking to a number of teams in recent weeks, 37-year-old former Habs' captain Vincent Damphousse announced on Wednesday that he had played his last NHL game with almost 1,400 career games and 1,200 points under his belt.

Acquired from Edmonton just prior to the 1992-93 season in exchange for Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek, Damphousse proved to be a key component in the Canadiens' magical run to the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1993. The Montreal native enjoyed his best career season upon arriving in his hometown with 97 points in 84 games before leading the Habs in playoff scoring with 11 goals and 23 points that spring. He also led all NHL playoff performers with three game-winning goals during that memorable 1993 Cup run.

Damphousse averaged nearly a point per game over his seven seasons with the Canadiens amassing 498 points in 519 regular games, including 184 goals. He was just as consistent during the playoffs with 43 points in 48 postseason games.

Damphousse became the Canadiens' 26th captain back in 1996, following the trade of then-captain Pierre Turgeon. A native of Montreal, Damphousse went on to wear the "C" until just prior to the 1999 trading deadline when the unrestricted free agent to-be was dealt to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a first, second and a fifth round draft pick.

Damphousse was a four-time NHL All-Star Game invitee, but had to bow out of the 2001 game due to injury. His most memorable all-star game moment came in 1991 at Chicago Stadium while still with the Maple Leafs when Damphousse earned MVP honors for his four-goal performance in leading the Campbell Conference to an 11-5 victory over the Wales Conference.

Selected sixth overall by Toronto in the 1986 entry draft, Damphousse played in 1,378 career games with 1,205 points and 432 goals over his 18-year NHL career spent in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and San Jose.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com