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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on October 19th, 2017

Joseph Eudore Jean-Guy "Smitty" Gendron - Born August 30, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec is a retired Canadian professional ice Hockey left winger and coach.

Gendron played junior Hockey with the Trois-Rivieres Reds before making his professional debut with the Providence Reds in 1954. The following season he was a steady role player in 63 games as a rookie with the New York Rangers. Gendron filled a utility role with the Rangers for two more years before he was claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Intra-League Draft in June, 1956.

Gendron was given more offensive responsibilities in Boston, and set a career high with 24 goals in 1959-60 while playing with Jerry Toppazzini and Charlie Burns. He also spent part of a season with the Montreal Canadiens and the 1961-62 schedule back in New York. In 1962 Gendron returned to Boston for a couple of years before he was relegated to the AHL Québec Aces for 3 seasons.

Gendron returned to the NHL in 1967 after his Quebec Aces club was purchased by the expansion Philadelphia Flyers. Gendron provided leadership and three straight 20-goal performances for his new club before joining the Quebec Nordiques of the newly founded WHA in 1972-73. He played a checking role for two year in the quebec provincial capital before retiring in 1974.

Gendron turned to coaching after his retirement, and coached the Nordiques from 1974 to 1976, taking them to the Avco Cup finals in 1975

Credited to David Bier.


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