Jacques Mailhot had to fight for a professional hockey career - literally.
By 1988 Mailhot signed a one year contract with the Quebec Nordiques. The Nords were looking for a tough guy and offered the Rimouski tough guy a shot at NHL employment. Mailhot spent most of the year with the AHL Halifax Citadels but also gave Mailhot a 5 game NHL audition. He played sparingly and when he did play he fought, earning 33 minutes in penalties. Not surprisingly Mailhot was called up in time to play in the intense rivalry against the provincial rival Montreal Canadiens.
Mailhot would become a long time minor leaguer following his one NHL contract. He bounced around terribly for the next two years, playing with 6 teams in 3 leagues before quitting pro hockey. He moved to New Brunswick where he finished the year rediscovering his love for hockey playing at the senior level.
Mailhot, a 6'2" 208lb left winger born in Shawinigan Quebec, would sign on in Colonial Hockey League in 1991 where he was not only a sure-fire tough guy but also a decent player. He would also extend his professional career in Texas in the upstart Western Professional Hockey League.