5 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Guy Carbonneau

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Joseph Harry Guy Carbonneau will always be regarded by NHL fans as one of the best centers the league has ever seen. He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy. 

Carbonneau, or simply “Carbo,” was drafted 44th overall by the Montreal Canadiens (Habs) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. The Canadian center went on to play his best years with the Canadiens, as he helped the franchise win two Stanley Cups, first in 1986 and then in 1990. He also emerged as one of the team’s most popular players. In 1994, Carbonneau was traded to the St. Louis Blues, where he played a single season before moving to the Dallas Stars, where he spent his final five seasons, highlighted by a third Stanley Cup in 1999. Similar to his time in Montreal, Carbonneau won over quite a lot of fans in Dallas, and he became one of the most popular and well-respected stars in the Stars.

1. He began his career at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

Carbo was already playing high-level ice hockey when he was 16. The young Carbo played for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, where he first made his mark as a two-way player.

2. A trophy is named after him

To honor one of its best players, the QMJHL created the Guy Carbonneau Trophy (Trophée Guy Carbonneau), which is handed out to the season’s best defensive forward.

3. He is a poker pro

Carbo’s post-playing career has been quite fruitful, with coaching and front office stints for the Habs, and as a hockey analyst for various media outlets, both in Canada and the U.S. He has also turned himself into a different kind of pro—a professional poker player. Carbo has been a poker pro for quite some time now, participating in the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event as early as 2012 alongside Phil Kessel, who was then playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Party Poker reported that Carbo also competed in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship in 2013, and he shared the table with celebrities including Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Kessel and Michael Phelps.
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4. He asked for Wayne Gretzky in the 1993 NHL FInals

Wayne Gretzky is widely regarded as the “Great One,” and he was close to unguardable during his prime. In Game 1 of the 1993 NHL Finals, Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings drew first blood, beating the Canadiens 4-1 thanks largely to the brilliance of Number 99. Carbonneau, though, was unfazed. Before the pivotal Game 2, he asked coach Jacques Demers for a chance to guard Gretzky

5. He was once the oldest active player in the NHL.

Carbo was the oldest active player in the NHL during the 1999–2000 season. The then 40-year-old Canadian played 69 regular season and 23 playoffs games for the Dallas Stars that season, which turned out to be Carbo’s last. 

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