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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on July 21st, 2019

Armand Alphonse Paul Emile "Polly" Drouin - Born January 16, 1916 in Verdun, Quebec – Died January 1, 1968 in Ottawa, Ontario was a Canadian ice Hockey left winger.

Growing up in Ottawa, Drouin played all his early Hockey there, playing his first junior Hockey with the Ottawa Primrose from 1931 to 1933, then jumping to cross town rivals, the Hull Lasalle Juniors for his final year of junior in 1933-34.

Drouin was playing in the Ottawa City Hockey League / OCHL with the Ottawa Senators during the 1934-35 season, and was technically the property of the NHL St. Louis Eagles when he played his first four games for the Montreal Canadiens in the spring of 1935, a situation that was corrected when the Canadiens claimed the left winger in the dispersal draft held on October 13, 1935 after the Eagles franchise folded.

Drouin scored his 1st NHL goal on February 6, 1936 vs Tiny Thompson of the Boston Bruins in a 4-3 loss. Drouin played 30 games for the Canadiens (9 points) and 12 games for the OCHL Senators during the 1935-36 season.

The next season, Drouin played most of the season for the New Haven Eagles of the International American Hockey League / IAHL, but did get to play 4 games for the Canadiens. Drouin scored 10 goals, 13 assists for the Eagles during the season.

Assigned a supporting role on the Canadiens for the 1936-37 season, Drouin responded with the best offensive numbers of his NHL career, posting a 20-point season on the strength of seven goals, 13 assists. He followed this up with a solid 18-point effort in the 1938-39 season despite missing 20 games on the schedule that winter. Drouin played in the 1939 NHL All-Star game, also known as the Babe Siebert Memorial Game October 29, 1939, picking up 1 assist in the 2nd period.

In the 1939-40 season, Drouin played a career high 42 NHL games, scoring 4 goals, 11 assists, also playing 7 games for the Eagles.

Drouin split the 1940-41 season between the Canadiens and Eagles, His 21 games for Montreal would be his last NHL games, as on October 9, 1941, Montreal traded Drouin to the Washington Lions of the now American Hockey League / AHL, playing 56 games and scoring a career high 23 goals, 21 assists.

Drouin returned to Ottawa for duty with the Canadian war effort, and served with the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps. While in Ottawa, Drouin also played Hockey for the Ottawa Commandos and Ottawa RCAF Flyers during the 1942-43 regular season. It is reported that Drouin won the 1943 Allan Cup with the Commandos, but all newspaper reports from the playoffs do not show Drouin in the line-up, nor is he on the team photo at the end of the season.

After the war, Drouin returned to competitive Hockey, playing for the Hull Volants in the Quebec Senior Hockey League / QSHL during the 1945-46 season, and the St-Hyacinthe Gaulois in the Quebec Provincial Senior League, where he ended his career in the 1946-47 season.


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