Gilles Meloche

Canadian ice hockey player

Gilles Meloche (born July 12, 1950) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender.

Gilles Meloche
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Meloche with the Penguins, April 2012
Born (1950-07-12) July 12, 1950 (age 69)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
California Golden Seals
California Seals
Cleveland Barons
Minnesota North Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1970
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1970–1988

Playing careerEdit

Before playing in the NHL, Meloche played 1 season for the Verdun Maple Leafs of the QMJHL.

He was drafted with the 70th overall pick by the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1970 NHL Entry draft. Meloche played 2 games with the Black Hawks. Chicago was already strong in goal with Tony Esposito so Meloche was dealt to the California Golden Seals, one of the weakest teams in the league at the time.

Meloche played for the Seals for 5 seasons and stayed with the team when the franchise's relocated to Cleveland, Ohio to become the Cleveland Barons. He would play for the Barons for 2 seasons and stayed with the Barons when they merged with the Minnesota North Stars. Meloche played 7 seasons with the North Stars and had great success with them. He then played 3 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and retired in 1988.

Since retiring from playing hockey, he became the Penguins goaltending coach. He coach the Penguins for 8 seasons and helped the Penguins win three Stanley Cups before resigning in 2013.[1] He currently works as a special assignment scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]


  1. "Penguins goaltenders coach Meloche expected to resign as Fleury ponders future". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  2. "Meloche Steps Down As Pens' Goaltending Coach, Named Special Assignment Scout". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2013-10-22.

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