Val Fonteyne

 

 

Seattle Americans 1955-58
Seattle Totems 1958-59
Left Wing - 5'10" - 160 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1958, 1959

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1955-56 Seattle Americans 70 18 18 36 0
1956-57 Seattle Americans 70 24 40 64 6 6 5 1 6 2
1957-58 Seattle Americans 70 34 41 75 11 9 4 4 8 0
1958-59 Seattle Totems 64 32 49 81 2 12 6 5 11 0
Seattle Totals 274 108 148 256 19 27 15 10 25 2
NHL Totals 820 75 154 229 26 59 3 10 13 8
WHA Totals 149 16 45 61 4 5 1 0 1 0

Val Fonteyne made a significant impact during his four seasons in Seattle, culminating with a WHL championship in 1959.  His first full season as a pro was with the 1955-56 Seattle Americans.  The following season he was put on a line with perennial assist leader Guyle Fielder, and from there his scoring began to flourish.  The line of Filion, Fielder and Ray Kinasewich led the WHL in scoring in two consecutive seasons from 1956-58, averaging just over 101 goals per season as a line.  Unlike most players, his offensive performance in the post season didn't drop off as he continued to average almost a point per game during the playoffs.

A durable player, Fonteyne holds the distinction of being one of only two players to appear in every game played by the Seattle Americans (the other being Gordie Sinclair).  His 1955-56 rookie season is all the more impressive when you consider that he played in all 70 games that season without registering a single penalty minute.  Ironically over 1/3 of his career penalty minutes in Seattle were earned in a single game on October 13, 1957, when Fonteyne got into a third period fight with Freddie Brown of Victoria and picked up seven PIMs. 

Fonteyne had a long and successful NHL career with Detroit, New York and Pittsburgh, though he became more of a checking specialist than a scoring threat.  He continued to play professionally until the spring of 1974 when he retired following his second and final season in the WHA with Edmonton.