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Steve Shutt

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Shutt playing in the 2008 Legends Classic in Toronto.

Stephen John Shutt (born July 1, 1952 in Willowdale, Ontario) is a former ice hockey player from Canada. He was an integral part of the Montreal Canadiens team that won five Stanley Cups in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979.

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Early years

As a youngster he displayed hockey skills that led to him playing for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). With the Marlboros, Steve Shutt, Dave Gardner and Billy Harris formed one of the most potent lines in OHL history. In 1971 Shutt was named to the league's Second All-Star Team and the following season to its First All-Star Team.

Montreal Canadiens years

Shutt was drafted by Montreal of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 1972–73 season. In 1976–77, Shutt was a key member of the Canadiens team that compiled the best regular season record in league history, losing only 8 games during an 80-game schedule. Partnered with Jacques Lemaire and Guy Lafleur to form the top line in the NHL, Shutt scored 60 goals, a league record for left wingers that stood until the 1992–93 season when Luc Robitaille scored 63 goals, a record that has since been broken by Alexander Ovechkin's 65 goals in the 2007-08 season. During his career with Montreal, he was named to the NHL First All-Star team in 1977, and the NHL Second All-Star team in 1978 and 1980.

Polo

A lover of horses and an avid polo player, Shutt, along with teammate Larry Robinson and local veterinarian Dr. Gilbert Hallé, founded the Montreal Polo Club at Sainte-Marthe, Quebec.

Career statistics

 

 

Regular season

 

Playoffs

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Toronto Marlboros OHA 49 11 14 25 93
1970–71 Toronto Marlboros OHA 62 70 53 123 85
1971–72 Toronto Marlboros OHA 58 63 49 112 60
1972–73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 6 4 1 5 2
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 8 8 16 24 1 0 0 0 0
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 15 20 35 17 6 5 3 8 9
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 30 35 65 40 9 1 6 7 4
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 45 34 79 47 13 7 8 15 2
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 60 45 105 28 14 8 10 18 2
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 49 37 86 24 15 9 8 17 20
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 37 40 77 31 11 4 7 11 6
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 47 42 89 34 10 6 3 9 6
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 35 38 73 51 3 2 1 3 4
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 31 24 55 40
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 35 22 57 26 3 1 0 1 0
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 14 23 37 29 11 7 2 9 8
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 2 0 2 9
1984–85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 59 16 25 41 10 3 0 0 0 4

NHL totals

930 424 393 817 410 99 50 48 98 65

Post playing career

Following his playing career, Shutt worked as a television hockey commentator but in 1993 to 1997, he worked on the Canadiens coaching staff. On November 22, 2003, Shutt participated with the Canadiens' oldtimers against the Edmonton Oilers oldtimers in the Heritage Classic, the first outdoor game in the history of the NHL played at Commonwealth Stadium, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Shutt currently is touring Canada as a playing member of the Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge, raising money for charitable causes.

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