11/21/2013 4:45 AM
Throwback Thursday presented by Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant: Jean-Guy Trudel
Despite only playing three seasons with the Springfield Falcons, Jean-Guy Trudel is the franchise leader in points (242) and goals (90). He also ranks second in assists with 152, just five shy of Rob Murray for the top spot.
From 1999-2002, Trudel suited up for 228 games for the Falcons and posted three consecutive 70-point seasons. Daniel Briere is the only other player in franchise history to even have two 70-point seasons with Springfield and his were not consecutive (1997-98, 1999-2000). The QMJHL’s Hull Olympiques product was named an AHL All-Star in each of the three seasons spent with Springfield.
Trudel joined the Falcons after spending the previous season with the Kansas City Blades of the International Hockey League. In his debut season in the American Hockey League, the Sudbury, Ontario native posted 73 points (34 goals, 39 assists) and a +19 rating in 72 games with the Falcons. He followed the season with his best year as a pro, notching 99 points (34 goals, 65 assists) in 80 games. The 99 points and 65 assists are Falcons single-season records.
The 6-foot, 202-pound winger rounded out his career with Springfield in 2001-02, posting 70 points (22 goals, 48 assists) in 76 games. He also made three appearances with the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes that season and four total over his three-year career with the Falcons organization.
Jean-Guy Trudel went on to play two more seasons in the AHL – 2002-03 with the Houston Aeros and 2007-08 with the Peoria Rivermen. The other six remaining years of his professional career were spent overseas with Ambri-Piotta and Zurich of the Switzerland National League A.
His most notable season before joining the Falcons came in 1997-98 with the Rivermen, when the team was a part of the East Coast Hockey League. Trudel finished second in the league with 113 points and fourth with 74 assists as Peoria finished in first place in the Northwest Division and with the best regular-season record in the league.