Roger Belanger

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Roger Belanger
Born (1965-12-01)December 1, 1965
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Died September 16, 2011(2011-09-16) (aged 45)
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1984
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1984–1988

Roger Richard Belanger (December 1, 1965 – September 16, 2011) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Playing career

Belanger started his junior career with the London Knights of the OHL in 1982–83, getting 31 points (17 goals and 14 assists) in 68 games. However, an injury in the playoffs limited him to just one game, in which he had no points. Prior to the 1983–84 season, the Knights dealt Belanger to the Kingston Canadians. His offensive production exploded in Kingston, as he registered 90 points (44 goals and 46 assist in 67 games. The Canadians failed to make the playoffs that season. In the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins chose Belanger with their first round, the 16th choice overall.

Belanger stepped right into the rebuilding Penguins' lineup in the 1984–85 season, and had eight points (three goals and five assists) in 44 games. The Penguins sent him back to the OHL, where his rights were traded to the Hamilton Steelhawks and in three regular season games in Hamilton, Belanger had six points (3G-3A). Belanger helped the Steelhawks in the playoffs with 13 points, including three goals, in 17 games.

In 1985–86, Belanger failed to crack the Penguins' lineup and found himself with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL, as he recorded 17 goals and 38 points in 69 games in what proved to be the last injury-free season of his career. The following year Belanger played in 32 games with Baltimore, getting 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists), then spent time with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL, where he had a goal and two assists in five games. In 1987–88, Belanger was beset with numerous injuries and played in just five games with the Lumberjacks, getting a goal and three assists, then played two games with the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL, where he went scoreless.

That proved to be the end of Belanger's playing career, as he retired from hockey in 1988 due to injuries.

Death

Belanger died September 16, 2011, from a heart attack at his home in Welland, Ontario. He was only 45.[1]

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 London Knights OHL 68 17 14 31 53 1 0 0 0 5
1983–84 Kingston Canadians OHL 67 44 46 90 66
1984–85 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 3 3 3 6 0 17 3 10 13 47
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 3 5 8 32
1985–86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 69 17 21 38 61
1986–87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 32 9 11 20 14
1986–87 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 5 1 2 3 0
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 5 1 3 4 6
1987–88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 0 0 0 0
OHL totals 138 64 63 127 119 18 3 10 13 52
IHL totals 10 2 5 7 6
AHL totals 103 26 32 58 75
NHL totals 44 3 5 8 32

References

  1. ^ "Roger Belanger Obituary". Welland Tribune. Retrieved September 21, 2011.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Doug Bodger
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
1984
Succeeded by
Craig Simpson