Newfoundland’s Dave Pichette: NHL Defenseman

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Updated: October 19, 2019

Born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Dave Pichette is one of the little known Newfoundlanders who have made it to the NHL.

Born February 4 1960, Dave Pichette was a 6’3″, 190-pound defenseman known for his balanced play.  He was a gritty player that loved to mix it up.

After 2 years with the Quebec Remparts on the QMJHL, Pichette made it to the NHL in 1980-81 season as part of the Quebec Nordiques. He became a semi-regular defenseman as part of the expansion Nordiques, playing in 46 games. In his initial season, Pichette would score 20 points (4G/16A) and amass 62 penalty minutes.

Over the next several seasons, Pichette would split his time between the AHL and the Quebec Nordiques until being traded to the St. Louis Blues in the 1983-84 season & later dealt to the New Jersey Devils in the 1984-85 season.

In the later stages of his career, PIchette would spend a few seasons in the AHL, playing with the Maine Mariners and the New Haven Nighthawks before being called back up to the NHL for a six-game stint with the New York Rangers where he would score 1 goal and add 3 assists.

Pichette retired from competitive hockey in 1990 after playing 58 games with the Halifax Citadels on the AHL.

Through his NHL career, Pichette would play 322 games and add 181 points (41G/140A) and 348 penalty minutes.

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