Sault Legends: Jack Valiquette

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Jack Valiquette played only one season in the Sault but brought home three awards and a trip to the NHL.

You may ask why this out-of-towner made it into the Sault Legends? Well he had an amazing single year with the Hounds and was compared to the next Phil Esposito.

Valiquette scored an amazing 63 goals and made 72 assists for 135 points in only 69 games back in 1973-74.
He managed to be the youngest player in his time to win the M.V.P. and prestigious Tilson Award. He managed to grab the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as well.

He was drafted in the first round and 13th by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Here’s what Junior Hockey Magazine said about him: “perhaps the youngest mvp to leave the junior ranks for the pros was Sault Ste. Marie’s Jack Valiquette. Drafted as an 18 year-old after winning the scoring title and the Tilson award in 1974, Valiquette was the first round pick for Toronto. An awkward skater, Valiquette was under tremendous pressure in Toronto. He spent most of his time on the bench. He was finally dealt to Colorado, where he’s playing regularly and scoring more goals than in Toronto. Unfortunately, not up to the expectations of a Tilson award winner.”

Don Cherry decided it was his skates that were the problem. With them corrected, he was back to scoring again with the Rockies.

He later moved into business and said that he didn’t regret his career, just wished he played a bit better.

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Christopher Shoust
Christopher Shoust, Dip. J, BFA (honours), is a working artist in Sault Ste. Marie, who primarily works as a painter, writer, sculptor, filmmaker and reporter for SaultOnline.com He is excited to be a part of the SaultOnline team and has great things to contribute!