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Phil Goyette, C

Position: Centre
HT/WT: 5'11", 170 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname(s): "Thin Man", "The Professor"
Born: October 31st, 1933 in Lachine, QC

- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion - (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
- 1-time recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - (1970)
- 5-time top-10 in All-Star C Voting (3, 4, 4, 8, 8)
- scored 207 goals and 467 assists for 674 points in 941 games, adding 131 penalty minutes.
- scored 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 94 playoff games, adding 26 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Goals - 1x - (9)
Assists - 5x - (2, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Points - 3x - (4, 7, 8)
Powerplay Goals - 1x - (6)
Game Winning Goals - 2x - (4, 10)

Voting Record

Hart Trophy Voting:

7th (69-70), 10th (66-67)


Greatest Hockey Legends

Phil Goyette came out of junior as a slick passing, high scoring offensive dynamo in the Montreal system. Unfortunately for Goyette, Montreal didn't need another high scoring center as they already boasted Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and Ralph Backstrom

As a result of this overcrowding down the middle, Phil spent 3 years in the minors before catching on with Les Habitants in 1957-58 on a full time basis. While in the minors Phil learned to become a defensive center. He learned the fine art of defensive anticipation, shadowing your check and face-offs. Phil finally caught on with Montreal as a defensive minded 4th line center.

In his official rookie season Phil played strong defensively but also showed a good playmaking side. He scored 9 goals and 37 assists for 46 points in 70 games. In the playoffs he played an integral role, scoring 4 goals in 10 games in capturing another Cup.

However for the first time in a long time Phil got some serious ice time and he responded strongly. There was never any doubt that he had offensive skills, but finally he got to display them as he registered 24 goals and 41 assists for 65 points.

Goyette, an extremely clean player who only had 131 career PIM in 941 games

Phil helped the Blues reach the Stanley Cup finals, scoring 3 times and assisting on 11 others for 14 points in 16 games.

He also used his vast playoff experience to help the Rangers to a strong playoff showing.
Legends of Hockey

Some say that he had eyes in the back of his head because of his great peripheral vision and smooth passing skills. He was fast becoming a well-balanced craftsman who could play effectively at both ends of the ice.

He'd always been a fiercely dedicated Hab. Nonetheless, he donned his Rangers' sweater and continued his role as a slick playmaker who was well versed in all facets of his game.

The smooth skating, Lachine, Quebec native with a nose for the net came up through the ranks, playing with the Montreal Junior Canadiens, Cincinnati Mohawks and Montreal Royals before breaking in with the big club in 1956-57.

Breaking into the lineup to stay in 1957-58, the young center joined a team that already featured Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard at his position. Goyette became a reliable defensive specialist, solidifying his hold on a roster spot with his ability to skate with the best of them, doggedly shadowing his opponent while managing to remain largely within the limits of what officials permitted.
Christian Science Monitor - Nov. 1, 1963

For the better part of six full seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Phil Goyette centered the Habs' checking line against the best three-some the opposition had to offer.
Ottawa Citizen - Jun. 5, 1963

Phil Goyette is a centre, listed as a terrific penalty killer.

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