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Valere “Val” Fonteyne

Biography

Valere Fonteyne played 13 consecutive seasons in the NHL from 1959 to 1972, with the Detroit Red Wings twice, the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. A smooth- skating, two-way left winger, Val is considered the NHL’s most gentlemanly player of all time. In 820 regular season games, he had only 13 minor penalties. He played 185 straight penalty-free games and then had another 157 game streak…the two longest stretches of fair play in NHL history. He recorded five penalty-free seasons. Upon reviewing Val Fonteyne’s career, a writer described Val as “Mr. Clean.” The title has remained.

Val Fonteyne was one of the best penalty killers to play the game and his fair play and unselfish approach to the game earned him the respect of his teammates. He finished his NHL career with 75 goals and 155 assists. Val then played in the World Hockey Association with the Alberta Oilers from 1972 to 1974 before he retired from playing the game. In 149 games in the WHA, he had only four penalties.

Since Induction:

  • At the age of 17 Val Fonteyne left Wetaskiwin to play Junior A hockey in Medicine Hat (1951-1954). Val Fonteyne played four seasons with the Red Wings (1959-1963).
  • He played 96 games with New York Rangers.
  • He retired in 1974 after 23 consecutive years in the NHL.
  • Fonteyne played more than 1,400 games in the NHL and is statistically one of the least penalized players to have played pro- hockey.