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John LeClair
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Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
235 lb (107 kg)
Teams Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality United States
Born July 5 1969 (1969-07-05) (age 47),
St. Albans, VT, U.S.
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1987
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 1991 – 2006

John Clark LeClair (born July 5, 1969 in St. Albans, Vermont) is a retired American professional player. He most recently played left wing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL), who released him on December 14, 2006.

Playing careerEdit

Montreal CanadiensEdit

LeClair was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the 33rd pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft after graduating from Bellows Free Academy (B.F.A.) High School in St. Albans, Vermont. One of the most highly recruited hockey players in New England, Leclair put his NHL aspirations on hold to attend the University of Vermont on a full scholarship. His fans didn't have to wait long to see him score in his first collegiate game. After the final game of his senior year he signed with the Canadiens and, less than a week later, played and scored in his first NHL game. As a member of the Canadiens, LeClair was on the Stanley Cup-winning team in 1993, where he scored two overtime game-winning goals during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Philadelphia Flyers and the Legion of DoomEdit

On February 9, 1995, a Montreal team desperate to salvage a difficult season traded LeClair, along with Éric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Mark Recchi and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Martin Hohenberger) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. LeClair gelled immediately with new line-mate Eric Lindros and quickly became one of the NHL's most feared goal scorers.

With the Flyers he played left-wing on the famed "Legion of Doom" line, centered by Lindros and Mikael Renberg on right-wing. The trio was not only effective at scoring but they were also a dominant physical presence on the ice. In 1998, LeClair became the first American-born NHL player to record three consecutive 50-goal seasons and the second Flyer to do so, behind Tim Kerr. Following the 1997–98 NHL season, LeClair had two consecutive 40 goal seasons. LeClair played for the Flyers for 10 seasons and was one of the most productive players in franchise history, scoring 333 career goals and an additional 35 in the playoffs, statistics good enough for top 10 in the history of Flyers goal scorers.

Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

On July 23, 2005, as a result of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which introduced a salary cap to the NHL, the Flyers were forced to part ways with their longtime alternate captain, and they bought out LeClair's and teammate Tony Amonte's contracts to create cap space. Rumors had LeClair going to the Boston Bruins or perhaps the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead, LeClair signed a two year deal with the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins on August 15, 2005. LeClair had a fairly successful season in Pittsburgh during the 2005–06 NHL season, finishing third on the team in scoring as he passed the 400-goal mark and had his eighth 50+ point season.


AwardsEdit

  • ECAC Second All-Star Team (1991)
  • NHL First All-Star Team (1995, 1998)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997, 1999)
  • World Cup All-Star Team (1996)
  • Bud Ice Plus/Minus Award (1997)
  • Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (1999) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • 2002 Olympics First All-Star team

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 University of Vermont ECAC 31 12 22 34 62 - - - - -
1988–89 University of Vermont ECAC 18 9 12 21 40 - - - - -
1989–90 University of Vermont ECAC 10 10 6 16 38 - - - - -
1990–91 University of Vermont ECAC 33 25 20 45 58 - - - - -
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 2 5 7 2 3 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 8 11 19 14 8 1 1 2 4
1991–92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 8 7 7 14 10 2 0 0 0 4
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 19 25 44 33 20 4 6 10 14
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 19 24 43 32 7 2 1 3 8
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 1 4 5 10 - - - - -
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 25 24 49 20 15 5 7 12 4
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 51 46 97 64 11 6 5 11 6
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 50 47 97 58 19 9 12 21 10
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 51 36 87 32 5 1 1 2 8
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 43 47 90 30 6 3 0 3 12
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 40 37 77 36 18 6 7 13 6
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 7 5 12 0 6 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 25 26 51 30 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 18 10 28 16 13 2 3 5 10
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 23 32 55 51 18 2 2 4 8
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 22 29 51 61 - - - - -
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 2 5 7 12 - - - - -
NHL totals 967 406 413 819 501 154 42 47 89 94



External linksEdit

Preceded by
Chris Pronger
Winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
1999
Succeeded by
Chris Pronger
Preceded by
Vladimir Konstantinov
Winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
1997
Succeeded by
Chris Pronger
Preceded by
Eric Lindros
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
1997,1998
Succeeded by
Eric Lindros


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