Feb 26, 2009 - Benoit Hogue
Benoit Hogue was one of those guys who arrived in town and was back out again almost before he got unpacked. From the time of his acquisition till the time he left was less than one calendar year. As such, he didn't have time to do a ton as a Leaf.
The Leafs picked up Hogue, who'd scored 30 goals in each of the prior three seasons, near the trade deadline in 1995. The Leafs sent former first-round pick Eric Fichaud to the New York Islanders for Hogue and a couple of picks. Not a bad deal, really, as Fichaud never became the first-stringer that most hoped for and Hogue could score and wasn't a liability out there.
For whatever reason, the biggest thing I remember about him was that he jumped in and fought someone in defense of a teammate and the announcers opined that "Benoit Hogue [had] now stopped being an ex-Islander and [had] become a Maple Leaf." Not a bad way to gain acceptance, I guess, though I find it odd that they'd say that after he'd already gone through a playoff round and a training camp (he must have, because he doesn't have enough penalty minutes anywhere else to have taken a major).
The following year (1995-96) was where things started to go south - particularly for the Leafs, but statistically for Hogue as well. The Leafs weren't matching the kind of success they'd had in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and Fletcher was making a ton of deals to try to recapture the magic. One of those deals happened at the end of January, 1996. Six days after the Muller trade (that sent off Damian Rhodes), Hogue and Randy Wood went off to the Dallas Stars for Dave Gagner. It didn't help. The Leafs were stumbling at that point and soon went into complete free fall.
The Leafs never really found their chemistry again, no matter what trades were made (or, just as likely, because of all the trades) and the team was taken apart and would continue flounder until the arrival of Quinn.
Hogue would go on to a couple of other teams, but never again put up the sort of numbers he did in New York and somewhat in Toronto. Part of that is likely the role he had on a more defensive-minded Dallas team.
|1991-92||New York Islanders||NHL||72||30||45||75||67||+30|
|1992-93||New York Islanders||NHL||70||33||42||75||108||+13||18||6||6||12||31|
|1993-94||New York Islanders||NHL||83||36||33||69||73||-7||4||0||1||1||4|
|1994-95||New York Islanders||NHL||33||6||4||10||34||0|
|1994-95||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||12||3||3||6||0||0||7||0||0||0||6|
|1995-96||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||44||12||25||37||68||+6|
|1998-99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||62||11||14||25||50||-12|
- Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo with Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp and Dave McLlwain for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Hillier, Randy Wood and NY Islanders' 4th round choice (Dean Melanson) in 1992 Entry Draft, October 25, 1991.
- Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Ryan Pepperall) in 1995 Entry Draft and 5th round choice (Brandon Sugden) in 1996 Entry Draft for Eric Fichaud, April 6, 1995.
- Traded to Dallas by Toronto with Randy Wood for Dave Gagner and Dallas' 6th round choice (Dmitri Yakushin) in 1996 Entry Draft, January 29, 1996.
- Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 19, 1998.
- Traded to Dallas by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 6th round choice (Michal Blazek) in 2001 Entry Draft for Sergey Gusev, March 21, 1999.
- Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, February 3, 2000.
- Signed as a free agent by Dallas, January 5, 2001.
- Traded to Boston by Dallas for future considerations, January 12, 2002.
- Claimed on waivers by Washington from Boston, March 19, 2002.
- Officially announced retirement August 11, 2002.
The Buffalo Sabres selected Benoit Hogue 35th overall in the second round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. The scouting report on Hogue was that he was a strong two-way player who knew how to defend his own end of the rink while also having the ability to put the puck in the net.
Hogue played three years of major junior hockey in the QMJHL with the St. Jean Castors. In his second year with the team, Hogue emerged as one of the team's dominant players, scoring 46 goals and 90 points in 63 games. He was also not afraid to mix it up with opponents, garnering 92 minutes in penalties. In his final year of junior, Hogue had 54 goals and 108 points.
Upon turning pro, the Sabres sent Hogue to their AHL affiliate in Rochester for development of his game. He played with the Americans for the better part of two seasons before being called to Buffalo for three games in 1987-88. He responded with a goal and an assist. After a strong training camp in 1988-89, Hogue earned a spot with the Sabres and played 69 games with the club, scoring 14 times while accumulating 44 points. Injuries limited his play to just 45 games the following year before he returned for a 76-game season in 1990-91 when he had 47 points.
After just three games with the Sabres in 1991-92, Hogue was traded to the New York Islanders where he enjoyed three seasons scoring over 30 goals and twice had 75 points. Despite his success on Long Island, Hogue was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the shortened 1994-95 campaign for goalie Eric Fichaud but was sent to the Dallas Stars a little over a year later along with Randy Wood for Dave Gagner and a sixth-round draft pick.
In 1996-97, Hogue scored 19 goals and 43 points as the Stars improved 38 points in the standings to win the Central Division title. In 1997-98, he scored 22 points in 53 games as the Stars again won the Central Division title. In August 1998, he signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After scoring 25 goals in 62 games, he was traded on March 21 with a conditional draft pick back to the Dallas Stars for Sergey Gusev. In the playoffs, he played 14 games as the Stars went all the way that year, winning the Stanley Cup over the Buffalo Sabres.
On February 3, 2000, Hogue signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes. He then scored 13 points in just 27 games. In the playoffs, he scored three points in five games. On January 5, 2001, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars suiting up for 34 games with the team and helped them to a Pacific Division title.
Hogue would spend the better part of the next two seasons with the Stars before he was dealt to the Boston Bruins and subsequently to the Washington Capitals, before retiring from the game during the off-season.