Hab Goalies
Rogatien Vachon 1966-1972
By Le Goalie
Feb 17, 2004, 19:55

Vachon's arrival in Montreal in 1966-67 put the little town of Palmerolle, Quebec, on the map. Strangely enough, "Rogie" owed his NHL debut to an egg - the one that hit Lorne Worsley in the face, forcing him to leave the game. At the age of 21, Vachon was called in.

His performance was remarkable enough to qualify him for the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, which ended up going to Derek Sanderson.

Vachon spent five seasons with the Canadiens, sharing the Vezina Trophy with Lorne Worsley in 1967-68 and helping the team win two Stanley Cups.

He was traded to the Kings in 1971 and went on to enjoy a fine career in Los Angeles. In fact, the Kings honoured him by retiring his number 30.

The "Palmerolle Kid" really earned his stripes during the first Canada Cup in 1976, when he waged a memorable duel against Vladimir Dzurilla of Czechoslovakia and led Team Canada to victory.

Canadiens Stats

206 110 56 30 13 2.65

48 23 23 - 2 2.77

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