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LW, Armand "Bep" Guidolin

519 GP, 107-171-278 PTS
24 Playoff GP, 5-7-12 PTS

Top 10 Assists: 4
Top 10 Points: 9

Team Scoring: 11, 6, 3, 8, 8, 7, 3, 5, 6
70s Vs #2 Scores: 74, 62, 52, 45, 42, 37 = 312 over 6 seasons

In 1942, with World War II in full rage, 16 year-old Armand Guidolin was too young to carry a rifle but old enough and skilled enough to become the youngest player to ever make the ranks of the NHL. The Boston Bruins were in dire need of replacements to fill the roster holes created by so many players leaving for military service. Young Guidolin filled the bill with some surprising success.

In his second season, he tallied 42 points in 47 games. By then he'd become known as "Bep" because broadcaster Foster Hewitt didn't want to tangle his tongue around Guidolin's birth-given name. But by 1944, his eligibility for military service brought a one-year break from his NHL career.

In 1945, Guidolin picked up where he left off this time against stronger lineups across the league. But his 175-pounds of raw muscle was up to the task. He continued to score at a respectable pace for two more seasons with the Bruins before trades took him to Detroit and on the his final NHL stop in Chicago.

With the Blackhawks, Guidolin put up his best single-season numbers, netting 17 goals and 34 assist. But his ardent support for the formation of a player's union brought on an early demise to his tenure in the NHL.

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends
Armand "Bep" Guidolin is and almost certainly always will be known as the youngest player to ever perform in the National Hockey League.

When he debuted with the Boston Bruins on November 12th of 1942, he was just 16 years old! Due to war-time player shortages the Bruins used several youngsters that season. Guidolin played on a line with 17 year old Don Gallinger and 20 year old Bill Shill. With the famed "Kraut Line" of Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer absent from the Bruins line up due to war commitments, the Boston press was quick to dub the rookie line as the "Sprout Line."

Guidolin spent 4 seasons with the B's, though he missed the 1944-45 season due to his own military service. He later played with Chicago and Detroit in the NHL before rounding out his career with several seasons in the minor leagues. By 1958 he was reinstated as an amateur in Canada and helped the Belleville McFarlands win the Allan Cup.

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - 1/29/1951
But they played as if they didn't expect to win, with the exception of Bep Guidolin and Jimmy Conacher, who went full-out at all times. Jim and Roy Conacher scored the Chicago goals with Guidolin earning assists on both.,3625410

Originally Posted by The Windsor Daily Star - 11/17/1947
From then on the Wings came to life, thanks in no small measure to a fugitive from the Boston club, Bep Guidolin. Bep started the play that gave the Detroiters a 1-0 lead six minutes from the start when he set up Pete Horeck with a pefect goal-mouth pass after taking the puck away from Boston defenceman Fernie Flaman.

...Jim McFadden and Guidolin teamed up on a trailer play that saw the ex-Bruin hit the target from point blank range.,881536

Originally Posted by The Windsor Daily Star - 3/20/1946
Guidolin set the scoring wheels in motion when he fought his way down the left board to slip a trailer pass back to Shill who fired an ankle high drive into Lumley's pad. The rebound came right out to Guidolin and the Detroit goalie never had a chance on his rapid fire return.,4674818

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - 4/1/1946
Bill Durnan made two saves at the expense of Herbie Cain, but Bep Guidolin got his stick on the rebound from the second shot and bulged the strings behind Bill Durnan for the Bruins' first goal.

Billy Reay and Kenny Mosdell pivoted Murphy Chamberlain and Jimmy Peters. This line was checked by the Boston Sprouts - Don Gallinger, Bep Guidolin, an Jack Shill, with Herbie Cain sometimes replacing Shill.

...though it doesn't seem too fair to rate the players when all played so hard. The real stars were the goaltenders. Guidolin, Crawford, and Schmidt stood out for the Bruins after Frankie Brimsek. 49,134382

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - 12/1/1949
Detroit Red Wings say Bep Guidolin is becoming more effective because he has recently changed his style of play. They always used to figure him to pass the puck coming in, but he now shoots as often as not as has been scoring goals...,4421789

Originally Posted by The Owosso Argus-Press - 11/17/1947
...Guidolin drilled home the payoff counter from close range.,5354706

Originally Posted by The Milwaukee Sentinel - 12/28/1949
This was a rough affair with Referee Butch Keeling calling 17 minor penalties. Four came in a cluster for "roughing" by Hawks Bert Olmstead and Bep Guidolin and Leafs Bill Ezinicki and Bill Juzda, who paired off in two separate fist fights during the second period.,4777036

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - 11/8/1947
He[Jacques Locas] was in the only fight of the night when he and bellicose Bep Guidolin tangled near the close of the game an were given five-minute penalties. It looked as though they intended to resume hostilities in the penalty box, even though they had a cop between them, and Referee Frank Clancy finally ordered them out of the box and into their respective dressing rooms.,1679859

Originally Posted by Meriden Record - 1/14/1952
A big brawl broke out as Boston's Red Sullivan and the Hawks' Bep Guidolin held a high sticking duel.,1076157

Originally Posted by The Windsor Daily Star - 2/3/1494
Chicago's temperamental Bep Guidolin and big Leo Reise of the Wings staged an old-fashioned slugging bee in the third period. Guidolin swung his stick at a heckling fan during the mixup, but the fan was out of danger behind a wire screen above the boards.,1729775

Originally Posted by The Telegraph-Herald - 4/8/1946
With high stakes in the offing, the play became more intense and Bep Guidolin of Boston squared off with Hector (Toe) Blake of the Canadiens in the third period. Both drew major penalties and the teams battled five men to a side while Guidolin and Blake glared at each other in the penalty box.,981839

Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - 12/17/1955
Guidolin, who played National League hockey as a forward, was converted to a defenceman this season.,2523093

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