Marc Carol Dufour
Born: September 11, 1941 (Trois-Rivières, Québec)
Died: January 23, 2015 (Trois-Rivières, Québec)
Marc Dufour’s NHL career lasted just 14 games over three seasons with two teams. His lone goal was scored in a game played in the sad aftermath of John Kennedy’s assassination.
Dufour, a 6-foot, 175-pound right winger who could also handle duties at centre, played junior hockey for the Guelph (Ont.) Biltmores, his hometown Trois-Rivières Reds and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
He showed a scoring touch in junior, leading the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in goal scoring with 37 markers in 33 games in 1961-62. He also scored two goals in the league’s Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan all-star game. He then scored 10 goals in 11 Memorial Cup playoff games, as his Wheat Kings lost the Western final in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Dufour scored 50 goals with 49 assists for the Sudbury (Ont.) Wolves in 1962-63.
His NHL debut came when he was called up from the minors by the New York Rangers for a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 27, 1963, just five days after the U.S. president had been assassinated and two days following his burial and national day of mourning.
In his third game, Dufour scored against Denis DeJordy in the first period of a game the Rangers lost by 3-2 to the Chicago Black Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Assists went to Camille Henry and Don McKenney.
He recorded a minor penalty but no other points in a 10-game call-up before being returned to the minors. Dufour was the Central Hockey League’s leading scorer late in the 1964-65 season when the Rangers called him up for two games to replace Phil Goyette, who was suffering from a virus.
The fledgling Los Angeles Kings selected Dufour from the Rangers in the 1967 expansion draft. He had an uneventful two-game stint with the Kings in December, 1968. His NHL totals were one goal in 14 games played.
Meanwhile, Dufour was a top scorer in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Kings and Baltimore Clippers. He had four 30-goal seasons followed by a 42-goal, 62-assist campaign in 1973-74.