Humble Beginnings

Robert Picard

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Robert Picard signed with the Capitals after he was drafted with the team’s first choice (third overall) in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He later realized he could make more money in the World Hockey Association and signed a five-year deal for $625,000 with the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques in Sept., 1977. But the WHA barred Picard from playing with the Nords, realizing that the league would face a lawsuit from the NHL if he suited up. An angry and frustrated Picard said “I’d rather deliver pizzas in Quebec City” than play hockey in Washington. A few days later he reported for his first Capitals training camp.




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Guy Charron  
Rick Green  
Al Jenson  
Yvon Labre  
Dennis Maruk  
Ryan Walter  
Ace Bailey  
Michael Belhumeur  
Edburg & Svensson  
Greg Joly  
Ron Low  
Marson & Riley  
Bill Mikkelson  
Doug Mohns  
Bryan Watson  
Tommy Williams  
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Pierre Bouchard  
Denis Depere  
Stan Gilbertson  
Archie Henderson  
Ron Lalonde  
Gord Lane  
Mike Palmateer  
Robert Picard  
Nelson Pyatt  
Tom Rowe