First Name: Paul
Last Name: Boutilier
Sport: Hockey
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 1994
Home Town: Sydney
County: Cape Breton County

Paul Boutilier was born May 3, 1963, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He started skating at the age of three, where he discovered he wanted to play hockey. His skill caught the attention of major junior scouts and Boutilier was drafted by the Sherbrooke Beavers of the QMJHL.

In 1980, he was a member of Canada’s World Junior Championship Team and was voted the best defenceman in the tournament. Due to his performance at the World Junior Championships, he was drafted 21st overall by the New York Islanders in 1981.

In his first year as a pro, he divided his time between St. Jean in the QMJHL and the Islanders in the NHL where he played 29 regular season games and two playoff games that earned him his Stanley Cup ring. The following year Boutilier played with Indianapolis, the Islanders farm team, before making a permanent leap to the Islanders from 1984-1986.

He spent the 1986-87 season with the Boston Bruins and Minnesota North Stars. Boutilier became a New York Ranger in 1987-88 but ended the season with Winnipeg. He decided to accept an offer to play in Switzerland in 1989 and finished his pro career with the Maine Mariners of the AHL.

Boutilier began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Saint Mary’s Huskies and accepted the head coach position in 1993. Paul Boutilier was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1994.

In August, 1994, Paul married Amy Parsons of Newfoundland and looked forward to the 1994-1995 college hockey season as the next great challenge in what has been a most interesting and productive life.

(Reference: Annual Program Induction Article by Pat Connolly)


• 1981-82 Standby Player NY Islanders
• 1982-83 Member NY Islanders Defence Corp
• Gold Medal 1981 Canada World Junior Championship
• 21st Player Overall 1981 NHL Draft, NY Islanders
• 1985-86 Boston Bruins & Minnesota North Stars
• Assistant Coach Saint Mary’s Huskies
• 1993-94 Head Coach of the Huskies