Gilles Meloche - 1984 O-Pee-Chee

Gilles Emile Meloche (July 12, 1950-) lists fourth on the NHL’s all-time list for most losses behind Martin Brodeur, Curtis Joseph and Gump Worsley, all of whom enjoyed lengthy NHL career, but, in contrast to the leaders, Meloche had the unfortunate task of backstopping some of the worst defensive teams in the league during his career. Gilles began playing for the Verdun Maple Leafs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and led them to the Memorial Cup playoffs in 1969-70. The Chicago Black Hawks then took the netminder in the fifth round of the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. Unfortunately for Meloche, the Hawks already employed future Hall of Famer Tony Esposito and Gary Smith in nets, so after appearing in only two games in the Windy City, Chicago shipped Gilles to the California Golden Seals for fellow netminder Gerry Desjardins. The Oakland franchise had one of the worst defenses in the NHL, but he stuck with the Seals (1971-1976), as the #1 goaltender, for five seasons, relocated with them to become the Cleveland Barons (1976-1978) for two more and eventually become a Minnesota North Star as the Barons and Stars merged in 1978. It was in Minnesota that Meloche enjoyed his greatest success leading the North Stars to the Conference Finals in 1979-80 against the Philadelphia Flyers and then to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1980-81 before losing to the New York Islanders in five games. He spent seven seasons with the North Stars (1978-1985) before retiring with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1985-1988). Over the course of his 19-year career, Gilles Meloche earned two NHL All-Star Game selections and compiled a record of 270-351 with a 3.64 goals against average and a .875 save percentage. Following his playing days, he remained with the Penguins organzation as a goaltending coach and scout, eventually earning Stanley Cup victories in 1991, 1992 and 2009.


Condition Census (Explain)

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1 GEM MT 10
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1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (12)

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10/30/2018 $4 9 163325876435 eBay kanuck66 Auction 90563568