Longtime Flyers defenseman Andre "Moose" Dupont was born July 27, 1949 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The thick-framed 6-foot-1, 201-pound defenseman was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1969 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.
Debuting in pro hockey for the Omaha Knights (CHL), he became a favorite of Knights' head coach Fred Shero, who later became his coach with the Flyers. Dupont broke into the NHL with the Rangers in 1970-71 and later spent a season-plus with the St. Louis Blues before coming to the Flyers.
On December 14, 1972, the Flyers acquired Dupont and a 1973 third-round draft choice (Bob Stumpf) from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for Brent Hughes and Pierre Plante. Dupont arrived at the right time, as the Flyers were beginning to emerge as an up-and-coming contender and the assembly of the Broad Street Bullies era teams was largely completed by this time.
Known for his frequent fisticuffs and celebratory "shuffle" after scoring goals, Dupont became one of the most colorful members of the Broad Street Bullies era Philadelphia Flyers. His sense of humor and inventive use of the English language kept the team loose and his aggressive style on the ice kept opponents looking over their shoulders. With the exception of Dave "the Hammer" Schultz, no Flyer fought as often or regularly got more emotionally worked up than the Moose.
Reunited with Shero, Dupont stepped in immediately as a regular on the Flyers' blueline. Dupont would not relinquish his role for the rest of the decade, remaining a Flyers mainstay even as much of the roster changed in the years following the team's 1973-74 and 1974-75 Stanley Cup championships and third straight Cup Final appearance in 1975-76.
Moose may not have been the fleetest of skaters or the most disciplined of players, but he gave his all in every game and every shift. Dupont played on emotion and was a frequent fighter and punishing body checker. He topped the 200 penalty minute mark four times and topped 160 penalty minutes six times.
Dupont also provided occasional offense, topping 30 points twice. His exuberant leg-pumping, arm-rolling goal celebrations (he had seasons of 10 and 11 goals among the 42 regular season goals plus 13 playoff tallies he scored in orange and black) came to be known as "the Moose Shuffle."
The Flyers' defenseman earned a spot in the NHL All-Star Game in 1975-76. The following year, he became the winner of the team's best defenseman award named in honor of former teammate and assistant coach Barry Ashbee.
In Sept. 1980, after being given a contract extension as a "thank you" from general manager for his years of service to the team, Dupont was traded to the Quebec Nordiques. He finished out his NHL career with three seasons in Quebec.
Dupont played 573 regular season games for the Flyers between his 1972-73 arrival and his departure after the 1979-80 season, recording 177 points (42 goals, 135 assists), 1,505 penalty minutes and a career plus-269 rating. In the playoffs, he posted 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) and 306 penalty minutes in 108 games.
After his playing days, Dupont served for a time (1991 to 1995) as a scout for the Ottawa Senators. He then became a full-time NHL player agent, based out of Trois-Rivieres. Among his clients were former Flyers defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, whom the Flyers drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 Draft at Dupont's urging to Flyers general manager Bob Clarke.