Born in Windsor, Ontario, Pat Boutette stepped into a talented Leafs' lineup and instantly forged a spot on a regular NHL playoff team. His combination of grit and goals contributed to playoff appearances in all four of his full seasons with Toronto.
Beginning in the 1975-76 regular season, Boutette never played in less than 77 games for the Blue and White in each of his first four seasons. The durable special teams performer played the full 80-game schedule on six occasions overall in his NHL career, including three times with the Leafs. The speedy forward reached double-digits in goals and amassed at least 100 penalty minutes in each campaign with Toronto.
Boutette also played in every Leafs playoff game in four consecutive postseasons from 1976 to 1979 and ranks 48th on the team's all-time scoring list with 19 playoff points.
Selected 139th overall by Toronto at the 1972 Entry Draft, Boutette also played for the Hartford Whalers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in his NHL career. He retired from professional hockey in 1985.