Marc Boileau

 

 

Seattle Totems 1958-61, 1967-70
Center – 5’11" – 170 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL Second Team All-Star:  1960

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959, 1968

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958-59 Seattle Totems 67 17 30 47 52 12 10 7 17 10
1959-60 Seattle Totems 68 32 45 77 54 4 0 0 0 5
1960-61 Seattle Totems 70 42 31 73 49 11 5 4 9 14
1967-68 Seattle Totems 66 6 31 37 41 9 3 2 5 4
1968-69 Seattle Totems 73 14 30 44 42 2 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Seattle Totems 73 16 28 44 65 6 1 0 1 8
Seattle Totals 417 127 195 322 303 44 19 13 32 41
NHL Totals 54 5 6 11 8

Marc "The Shark" Boileau was acquired by the Totems prior to the 1958-59 WHL season.  He was the property of the Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit had working agreements in place with both Seattle and the Edmonton Flyers, also of the WHL.  Bud Poile, the Flyers’ GM, was in charge of the assignments of Detroit’s players in the minors, and he sent Boileau and Tom McVie to the Totems in exchange for cash and some junior team sponsorships.  Boileau had a good season with the Totems in 1958-59, but it was during the playoffs that he really stepped up his game.  His 10 goals were the most scored in the postseason and were a big part of the Totems’ domination, going 11-1 in the playoffs and winning the WHL Championship. 

The following season Boileau teamed up on a line with Bill MacFarland and Rudy Filion that became the highest scoring unit in the league, registering 103 goals between them including 32 from Boileau.  He improved his offensive output again in 1960-61, upping his goals to 42.

During the fall of 1961 Boileau became the focal point of a dispute between the Totems and Detroit.  The Red Wings invited him to camp and signed him to an NHL contract.  Totems’ boss Keith Allen insisted that his deal with Poile in 1958 gave Seattle ownership of Marc’s rights, and the club eventually filed suit.  The case was not resolved until later in the season when the rights of two Detroit players (Al Millar and Gord Labossiere) were transferred to the Totems.

After a season in Detroit Boileau played with the Los Angeles Blades from 1962-66 before retiring prior to the 1966-67 season.  He was talked out of retirement by his former line-mate and current Totems coach Bill MacFarland, and he joined the club in the fall of 1967.  While his offensive production was not what it had once been, his veteran leadership helped the club win their second consecutive WHL Championship, their third over a ten year period.  Marc played two more seasons with the Totems before moving on to Fort Wayne of the IHL from 1970-73.  He then moved to the coaching ranks, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins for parts of three seasons from 1973-76, earning a respectable record of 66-61-24.  Boileau finished out his professional coaching career with Quebec of the WHA from 1976-78, going 74-61-5 and winning the WHA Championship in 1976-77.