Height: 6' 1", Weight: 205 pounds
Born: 3.1.63 Port-au-Prince, Haiti
|How he arrived: Traded by the Vancouver Canucks for Tim Lenardon, 3.7.89
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers, 8.3.93
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
At 6 months old, Vilgrain and his family had moved from Haiti to Quebec City. That's where he learned about the game,
obviously, and played in the Q (Laval) in juniors. In time, he became the first player in the NHL to be born in Haiti.
That distinction came while with the Canucks, joining the team after playing in the Calgary Olympics.
He would float around a bit in the minors, even after the Devils acquired him, before joining the NHL fulltime... as it
was. That first full season was a good one, being one of the more regulars on the Devils' scoring sheet as well as leading
the team in plus-minus in 91-92.
Then, he pretty much disappeared the following season, almost literally. He wasn't even a regular in Utica; he only
played 22 games. Can't seem to find what happened.
...I mean BESIDES signing with the Flyers the following season.
That season in the Flyers' organization was his last in North America, as he went to play in Switzerland (save 2 seasons
in Germany) for the rest of his career, which ended in 2002. He did pretty well there with multiple 20-goal seasons,
including 2 with 30.
He moved to Calgary after he retired and went to work for La Chambre Economique de l'Alberta (I'm guessing that
means the Alberta Chamber of Commerce.), then later, a playground equipment firm in the area.
He had also played charity games with the Flames Alumni Organization despite not ever being a Flame. He had used
the Alumni Organization to set up charity games with the proceeds going to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti
back in 2010.
His daughter, Cassandra, is a star player currently for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.
|Entry Draft: 1982 Sixth Round Pick (107th overall) by the
Detroit Red Wings
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise