Unheralded Drolet potted nearly 300 goals

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, theahl.com will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

A perennial 20-goal scorer during a professional career spent primarily in the American Hockey League, Rene Drolet was the AHL’s highest-scoring skater during the 1970’s.

Drolet was a consistent offensive threat over his 12 seasons in the league, even though he never won a Calder Cup or even a league award. He spent five seasons with his hometown Quebec Aces, reaching the Finals in 1968 and 1969.

In 1971-72, Drolet made his NHL debut appearing in one game with Philadelphia, and a year later he set career highs with 34 goals and 87 points for the Richmond Robins. He led Richmond in scoring in each of his three seasons there before joining the Detroit Red Wings organization in 1974.

Drolet led the Virginia Wings in scoring in 1974-75 and got in one NHL game with Detroit, then finished his career by playing with the Rochester Americans. He scored 75 goals over his final three seasons in Rochester, retiring having scored at least 20 goals in each of his final 10 AHL campaigns.

Drolet still ranks among the top 20 all-time in AHL games played (840), goals (298), assists (443) and points (741), as well as 21st in Calder Cup Playoff scoring – quite an accomplishment for one of the league’s most unheralded stars.

Career AHL Statistics – Rene Drolet
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1962-63Quebec Aces10000
1964-65Quebec Aces30116
1965-66Quebec Aces10000
1966-67Quebec Aces486713050002
1967-68Quebec Aces6118224061568142
1968-69Quebec Aces6130427214154101428
1969-70Quebec Aces713248804262132
1970-71Quebec Aces722037572611120
1971-72Richmond Robins7431306118
1972-73Richmond Robins763453873042130
1973-74Richmond Robins762647731855272
1974-75Virginia Wings722652783651342
1975-76Rochester Americans742340634270110
1976-77Rochester Americans8028376542125494
1977-78Rochester Americans702427512065162
AHL Totals8402984437413008131326344