Guy A. Trottier
Born: April 1, 1941 (Hull, Quebec)
Died: June 19, 2014 (Dayton, Ohio)
Guy Trottier, a diminutive forward known as The Mouse, spent two productive seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before jumping to the rival World Hockey Association, where he skated for four teams in three seasons.
Born in Hull, Que., Trottier played junior hockey in his region with the Ottawa-Hawkesbury Montagnards and Hull Bell Telephone. He turned professional for the 1962-63 season, which he spent with the Port Huron (Mich.) Flags, Knoxville Knights and Philadelphia Ramblers.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound left winger was sold to the Dayton (Ohio) Gems of the Internatioknal Hockey League in 1964. In three seasons, he scored 46, 68 and 71 goals (leading the league in 1966-67). the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League signed him as a free agent in 1967. Trottier’s twice led the AHL in goal scoring, cementing his reputation as a top prospect by scoring 55 goals in 1969-70. Sports writers awarded him the Gil O. Julien Trophy as the top French-Canadian athlete of 1969.
Meanwhile, Trottier made his NHL debut by playing two games for the New York Rangers in 1968-69. The Leafs claimed in an inter-league draft and Trottier notched 19 goals in 61 games for Toronto in 1970-71. He was used sparingly by coach John McLellan the following season, scoring just nine goals.
In the summer of 1972, Trottier became the fifth Maple Leaf to jump to the fledgling WHA. He scored 26 goals for the Ottawa Nationals in 1972-73 and 27 goals for the Toronto Toros the following season.
“It was tougher than I expected because of the small rinks and poor accommodation and travelling,” Trottier told Paul Patton of the Globe and Mail in 1985. “In New Jersey, we had to dress in the hotel, take our skates with us, then after the game come back to the hotel and shower in our own rooms.”
“I was going to retire but they offered to send me closer to home. I had a chance to go to either Indianapolis or Detroit, and I made a mistake and picked Detroit. The team had no money. We were moving in and out of hotels. We took forever to get to a game in San Diego because the team couldn’t pay its bills and didn’t want to take the same airline twice.”
The forward left the WHA to complete the season with the Dayton Gems. He played his final season of minor pro hockey with the Buffalo Norsemen of the North American Hockey League in 1975-76.
Trottier made his debut as a coach with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. A sudden resignation led to his taking on the general manager role. The team went 19-24-3 before Trottier was asked to resign after Hull lost a game 10-0 to Cornwall.
He later worked as an assistant coach for the Dayton Ice Bandits and Dayton Bombers. For eight seasons, he was director of hockey operations for the Gems.
Trottier retired after working for 20 years as operations supervisor for ABF Freight Systems.