Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the appointment of Michel Goulet as western professional scout.
Goulet, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998, will be based in Denver, CO and along with Eastern Pro Scout Steve Leach, will report directly to Assistant General Manager Jay Feaster.
"Michel Goulet has enjoyed an outstanding career in professional hockey, first as an incredibly talented player and later as a talent evaluator and administrator. He has helped assemble championship teams at both the NHL and AHL affiliate level, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to our pro scouting ranks. We are pleased to welcome him to the Flames' organization," said Sutter.
The 50 year old Goulet joins the Flames organization following 15 years as a member of the Colorado Avalanche management/scouting staff. As Vice-President of Player Personnel, Goulet had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001.
A native of Peribonka, PQ, Goulet played 1089 games over 15 seasons in the NHL, accumulating 548 goals and 604 assists for 1152 points. Coincidentally, he recorded his 500 career goal against the Calgary Flames during the 1992 season. However, his first professional season was with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA during the 1978–79 campaign in which he scored 28 goals and 58 points. Following the NHL/WHA merger, he was declared eligible for the 1979 Entry Draft and was selected by the Quebec Nordiques. Goulet became one of the most prolific snipers of the 1980’s. In 11 seasons with the Nordiques he recorded four consecutive 50-plus goal seasons and four 100-plus point seasons. He managed to score at least 20 goals in all but his last NHL year and once enjoyed a stretch of seven consecutive seasons with at least 40 goals.
Goulet was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks near the end of the 1989-90 season and played four years with the Hawks including the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals, against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. He retired prematurely due to an injury in 1994. His number 16 was retired by the Nordiques in 1995.
In addition to his NHL/WHA career, Goulet performed internationally for Canada at the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments and the 1993 World Championships. His brilliant junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL concluded in 1978 with a 73 goal campaign.
The Flames also enhanced their amateur scouting staff with the addition of Ari Haanpaa based out of Finland and Fred Parker based in Ottawa. Haanpaa has spent the past seven seasons as a coach in Tappara, Tampere Finland and played professionally for 15 years including two seasons with the New York Islanders (1985-87). Parker spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Carleton Ravens in the CIS and previously worked for the NHL’s Central Scouting covering junior hockey in the Ottawa area.