MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player and assistant general manager André Boudrias on Tuesday in Whistler, BC at age 75.
Born in Montreal on September 19, 1943, André was only 20 when he first suited up with the Canadiens in 1963-64. He would play seven games with the team over the next three years, recording six points, before moving to Minnesota. During his 12-year NHL career he played with the North Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks where he was one of the team's top forwards. In 458 games with the Canucks, and one season as team captain, he recorded 388 points, including three 25-goal and 70-point seasons. André also played seasons with the Québec Nordiques in the defunct WHA.
Following his playing days, Boudrias returned to the Canadiens as a scout before being promoted to the management team alongside Serge Savard. For 12 years he worked as assistant general manager playing a key role in the Canadiens Stanley Cup championships in 1986 and 1993.
In 1994, he joined the New Jersey Devils organization where he spent two decades as a scout, helping built a team that captured the Holy Grail on three occasions, in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
André Boudrias will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Ginette, and family members.