JEAN-CLAUDE GARNEAU

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Date of Birth: 1943
Place of Birth: Ste. Foy, QC
Inducted: 2014 (Player Category)

J.C. Garneau started an illustrious Newfoundland senior hockey career in 1965 when he joined the Gander Flyers, arriving from his native Ste. Foy, Quebec. He was a speedster who caused much trouble for opposing defenders from his left wing position. One of the fastest skaters to play provincial hockey, he was an excellent stick handler and made skating look effortless. He finished third in league scoring when Gander won its first Herder Memorial Trophy in 1969 and ranked third in assists.

His ability was a major factor in fans filling Gander Gardens on a regular basis to watch the Flyers perform. Working with playing-coach Jacques Allard, he was part of one of the finest scoring threats to ever perform in provincial senior hockey. He played 180 games with the Flyers, scoring 101 goals, drawing 213 assists for 314 points. His playoff record includes 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.

He won an Allan Cup with Victoriaville Tigers in 1968 and also competed with the Gander Flyers in 1969. He played some professional hockey in the World Hockey Association with the Quebec Nordiques, in the American Hockey League with Maine Nordiques and in the Eastern Hockey League with Salem Rebels and Roanoke Valley Rebels. The experience he gained in the professional hockey part of his career was often demonstrated in Herder Memorial competition.

J.C. Garneau fell in love with Gander and remained in Newfoundland for 22 years as a businessman in addition to playing hockey. He earned an excellent reputation in the airport town and is well remembered for his outstanding performances on a hockey rink.