John Joseph Valiquette
Center
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 3.18.56 St. Thomas, Ontario
How he arrived: Traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rockies' 2nd round pick in the 1981 E.D.,
10.19.78
How he left: Retired 9.81
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1978-79
COL
76
23
34
57
-42
12
159
8
11
19
2
0
2
3
1979-80
COL
77
25
25
50
-7
8
157
6
6
12
0
1
1
2
1980-81
COL
25
3
9
12
-12
7
28
0
3
3
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
178
51
68
119
-61
27
344
14
20
34
2
1
3
5
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Valiquette's skating was his big weakness when he became a pro. Not a good thing to have when you're being billed as
the "next Jean Beliveau."

He had worked with a figure skating coach while playing for the Leafs, but the schooling went for naught.

With Leaf management growing impatient with him, he was shipped to the Rockies, and it was recommended that he
change skates. He actually started producing again. Whether one had to do with other will be speculated on for a long
time.

He had injury problems in the 80-81 season, particularly a foot infection that ended his season. He would retire when he
failed to make the team the following training camp. He would get into the real estate game after that, and regularly
plays in old timer games involving the Maple Leafs alumni.

And if the name rings a bell to you, yes, he is the uncle of former Rangers' backup goalie Stephen Valiquette.
Entry Draft: 1974 First Round Pick (13td overall) by the
Toronto Maple Leafs