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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on February 11th, 2019

Gordon Arthur "Gordie" Poirier - Born October 27, 1914 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan – Died May 25, 1972 in Beaconsfield, Quebec was a former Canadian ice Hockey centre.

Poirer as a teenager played for the 1931-32 Montreal Columbus team in the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association / QAHA, then played the following season for St. Francois Xavier in the Quebec Junior Hockey League / QJHL.

Poirier played the next two seasons with the Montreal City Hockey League's Montreal Sr. Canadiens.

Poirier did not play during the 1935 and 1936 seasons, instead was the coach of the 1935 Spengler Cup champions Diavoli Rossoneri Milano, and then appointed coach of the Italian National Ice Hockey Team at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Poirier returned to the game the following year as a member of the Brighton Tigers of the English National League. Poirier spent three seasons with Brighton competing twice for the London Cup (Britain Pre-Season Tournament) and twice in the Britain National Hockey Challenge Tournament, recording 66 goals and 47 assists for 113 points.

In 1939-40 Poirier joined the Quebec Professional Hockey League's St-Hyacinthe Gaulois where he was a QPHL First Team All-Star while making his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens that same season, when the team signed him as a free agent midway through the regular season. Poirier played ten games for the Canadiens.

From 1940-41 to 1943-44 Poirier was a member of the Quebec Senior Hockey League having stops with the Ottawa Senators and the Ottawa Commandos while suiting up for ten games with the Ontario Hockey Association Senior 'A' Hockey League's Ottawa Army during the 1942-43 season.

Poirier scored the winning goal for the Ottawa Commandos in the 1943 Allan Cup Championship Final.

Due to his military obligations Poirier did not play in 1944-45, returning only the following year with the Ottawa City Hockey League's Ottawa GMC's while also spending time with the QSHL's Ottawa Senators.

Poirier accepted a invitation to return to the Brighton Tigers for the first post-war campaign. Playing in a defensive position did little to reduce his offensive power as the Tigers won the English National League, the National Tournament and the inaugural Autumn Cup with Gordie Poirier finishing as the teams third highest scorer with 75 points and an All Star A-team selection. The following season, he again finished the Tigers third top scorer with 62 points (31+31) as the Tigers successfully defended their league crown. While the Tigers failed to win any silverware in the third post-war season, Poirier’s last with them, he moved up to second top scorer before spending his final winter in Britain playing with the Harringay Racers in 1950-51, contributing 2 goals and 12 assists in 40 appearances.

Gordon Poirier was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1948


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