Is it possible there was an AHL and NHL player born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti? The answer is yes. Claude Vilgrain was born on March 1, 1963 in Haiti. Vilgrain played his junior hockey in Quebec and then headed to the University of Moncton. Along the way, he was drafted in 1982 by the Detroit Red Wings. He then played several years for the Canadian National Team before landing in the AHL in 1988 with the Utica Devils. Vilgrain played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Calgary resident spent the 1993-94 season with the Bears. The right winger scored 30 goals and registered 83 points in his lone season in Hershey.
Commenting on Hershey in a 2004 interview, "It was the best place I played - and I played in a lot of places. I remember the family atmosphere and the warmth and kindness of the people."
Today, Vilgrain is an Economic Development Agent for "La Chambre economique de l'Alberta."