Fonteyne, Val – 2011

Fonteyne, Val – 2011

Valere “Val” Fonteyne

Hockey Athlete, Wetaskiwin

Inducted in 2011


Valere Fonteyne played 13 consecutive seasons in the NHL from 1959 to 1972, with the Detroit Red Wings twice, the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. A smooth- skating, two-way left winger, Val is considered the NHL’s most gentlemanly player of all time. In 820 regular season games, he had only 13 minor penalties. He played 185 straight penalty-free games and then had another 157 game streak…the two longest stretches of fair play in NHL history. He recorded five penalty-free seasons. Upon reviewing Val Fonteyne’s career, a writer described Val as “Mr. Clean”. The title has remained.


Val Fonteyne was one of the best penalty killers to play the game and his fair play and unselfish approach to the game earned him the respect of his teammates. He finished his NHL career with 75 goals and 155 assists. Val then played in the World Hockey Association with the Alberta Oilers from 1972 to 1974 before he retired from playing the game. In 149 games in the WHA he had only four penalties.