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Born October 25, 1949 (1949-10-25) (age 60),
Rouyn, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Right wing
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Quebec Nordiques (WHA)
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1969
Montreal Canadiens
Career 1969 – 1983

Réjean Houle (born October 25, 1949, in Rouyn, Quebec) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward, most notably for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, for whom he also served a controversial stint as general manager.

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Playing career

Drafted as the first pick over all in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft by the Canadiens, Houle played for the Habs from 1970 to 1973 and from 1976 to 1983. During this time, he played for the Montreal Canadiens. Houle was on five Stanley Cup championship with the Canadiens. In between his NHL stints, he played for the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association.

Management career

After retiring as a player, Houle became an executive with Molson, one of Canada's leading breweries. A disastrous start to the 1995–96 season resulted in Serge Savard being fired as Canadiens' general manager, and the team saw Houle's business background and history with the team as the right combination to get the team back on track. Houle was general manager of the Canadiens from 1995 to 2000. His tenure as the Habs' GM was viewed as being a disaster by many fans. He pulled the trigger on the infamous trade which sent Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Ručínský and Andrei Kovalenko. Following this trade, he traded away marquee players like Mark Recchi, Vincent Damphousse and Pierre Turgeon for players of little value. He was also criticized for frequently trading with non-contending teams, being unable to sign big name free agents and signing marginal players to inflated contracts. Houle's drafting was considered even worse as he was criticized for taking players like Matt Higgins, Jason Ward, Eric Chouinard and Marcel Hossa, the younger brother of then rising star Marian with his first round selections as well as trading away a top ten pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft for an underacheving Trevor Linden. Houle was fired from his post two months into the 2000–01 NHL season and replaced by André Savard. He currently serves as an ambassador to the Canadiens' organization.

Awards

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1967-68   Montreal Junior Canadiens   OHA    45   27   38   65  102
1968-69   Montreal Junior Canadiens   OHA    54   53   55  108   76
1969-70   Montreal Voyageurs          AHL    27    9   16   25   23   8   3   2   5   4
1969-70   Montreal Canadiens          NHL     9    0    1    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
1970-71*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    66   10    9   19   28  20   2   5   7  20
1971-72   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    77   11   17   28   21   6   0   0   0   2
1972-73*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    72   13   35   48   36  17   3   6   9   0
1973-74   Quebec Nordiques            WHA    69   27   35   62   17  --  --  --  --  --
1974-75   Quebec Nordiques            WHA    64   40   52   92   37  15  10   6  16   2
1975-76   Quebec Nordiques            WHA    81   51   52  103   61   5   2   0   2   8
1976-77*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    65   22   30   52   24   6   0   1   1   4
1977-78*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    76   30   28   58   50  15   3   8  11  14
1978-79*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    66   17   34   51   43   7   1   5   6   2
1979-80   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    60   18   27   45   68  10   4   5   9  12
1980-81   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    77   27   31   58   83   3   1   0   1   6
1981-82   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    51   11   32   43   34   5   0   4   4   6
1982-83   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    16    2    3    5    8   1   0   0   0   0
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         WHA totals                        214  118  139  257  115  20  12   6  18  10
         NHL totals                        635  161  247  408  395  90  14  34  48  66
 *Stanley Cup Champion

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Preceded by
Michel Plasse
NHL first overall draft pick
1969
Succeeded by
Gilbert Perreault
Preceded by
Serge Savard
General manager of the Montreal Canadiens
19952000
Succeeded by
André Savard
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