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Born January 31, 1933(1933-01-31),
Quebec City, PQ, CAN
Died September 11, 1997 (aged 64),
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
152 lb (69 kg; 10 st 12 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Pro clubs NHL
New York Rangers
Chicago Black Hawks
St. Louis Blues
AHL
Providence Reds
Buffalo Bisons
Career 1953 – 1970

Camille Joseph Wilfred "The Eel" Henry (January 31, 1933 – September 11, 1997) was a professional ice hockey left winger.

Born in Quebec City, Henry, nicknamed 'The Eel', had his greatest success wearing number 21 for the New York Rangers where he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as National Hockey League rookie of the year in 1954 (beating out Jean Beliveau). Camille was the second team NHL all star left winger in 1958, the year he also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship combined with production. In 1964/65 he was team Captain. At 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) and 150 lb (68 kg), he was generally regarded as the smallest man in the NHL at the time and suffered numerous injuries throughout his career. He was known for his ability to swat the puck out of mid air to score goals. He did a few stints in the minor leagues including the Providence Reds in 1955/56 when they won the American Hockey League Championship - the Calder Cup. (Like Gump Worsley the year before (1953), he was named rookie of the year then was sent by the New York Rangers to the minor leagues for a year - probably to lessen his value and keep his compensation low). He played for the Chicago Black Hawks and the St. Louis Blues later in his career and he coached the Kansas City Blues of the Central Hockey League in 1969/70 and then coached the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association but he never duplicated his early success.

He was married and divorced from Dominique Michel famed Quebec Chanteuse and Comedienne.

After his retirement he lived in Quebec City and held down security jobs eventually becoming essentially destitute. He was widely considered to have an alcohol consumption problem which was complicated by diabetes. He died shortly after receiving his first reimbursement for the players' pension fund which was awarded by the courts.

On November 1, 1959, that fateful night when Jacques Plante first donned a mask, Camille was the first and the only one in that game to score on him.

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Legacy

  • Ranked No. 21 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1948–49 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951–52 Quebec Citadelles QPJHL ? 55 59 114 59
1953–54 New York Rangers NHL 66 24 15 39 10
1954–55 Quebec Aces QHL 37 20 18 38 2
1954–55 New York Rangers NHL 21 5 2 7 4
1955–56 Providence Reds AHL 59 50 41 91 8 9 10 6 16 2
1956–57 Providence Reds AHL 29 31 16 47 8
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 36 14 15 29 2 5 2 3 5 0
1957–58 New York Rangers NHL 70 32 24 56 2 6 1 4 5 5
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 70 23 35 58 2
1959–60 New York Rangers NHL 49 12 15 27 6
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 53 28 25 53 8
1961–62 New York Rangers NHL 60 23 15 38 8 5 0 0 0 0
1962–63 New York Rangers NHL 60 37 23 60 8
1963–64 New York Rangers NHL 68 29 26 55 8
1964–65 New York Rangers NHL 48 21 15 36 20
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 22 5 3 8 2 14 1 0 1 2
1965–66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 37 14 22 36 4 5 2 1 3 0
1967–68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 22 9 10 19 0
1967–68 New York Rangers NHL 36 8 12 20 0 6 0 0 0 0
1968–69 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 17 22 39 8 11 2 5 7 0
1969–70 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 2 3 0
1969–70 Kansas City Blues CHL 15 5 7 12 4
15 seasons NHL totals 727 279 249 528 88 47 6 12 18 7

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Awards
Preceded by
Lorne "Gump" Worsley
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1954
Succeeded by
Ed Litzenberger
Preceded by
Andy Hebenton
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1958
Succeeded by
Alex Delvecchio
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Bathgate
New York Rangers captains
196465
Succeeded by
Bob Nevin
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