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Encyclopedia > Pat Lafontaine

Pat LaFontaine (born February 22, 1965, in St. Louis, Missouri) was an ice hockey centre in the National Hockey League, who played his entire career for all three New York-based teams: the New York Islanders (1983–1991), Buffalo Sabres (1991–1997), and New York Rangers (1997–1998). LaFontaine recently worked for the Islanders as the senior advisor to the owner, Charles Wang before resigning on July 18, 2006. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Centre or Center in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... Charles B. Wang (王嘉廉, pinyin: Wáng Jiálián) (born August 19, 1944) is the founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. ...

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Junior Hockey

LaFontaine began his junior career with the Verdun Juniors of the QMJHL during the 1982–83 season. The rookie contributed 104 goals and 130 assists for Verdun. LaFontaine's 234 points was tops in the league, and he was awarded the Jean Béliveau Trophy as the top scorer, out-dueling future NHL icon Mario Lemieux. His outstanding rookie season broke many records, including Guy Lafleur's 40-game point-scoring streak and Mike Bossy's 70 goals by a rookie. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are a major junior hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Michael Mike Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. ...


Other awards LaFontaine received that season were the Michel Brière Commemorative Trophy as the MVP of the regular season, the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs, the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Mike Bossy Trophy as the best professional prospect, and the Frank J. Selke Commemorative Trophy as the Most sportsmanlike player. Also in 1982–1983 Pat Lafontaine was chosen CHL Player of the Year. The Michel Brière Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The Guy Lafleur Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. ... The Michel Bergeron Trophy is awarded annually to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Offensive Rookie of the Year. ... The Mike Bossy Trophy (Trophée Michael Bossy) is awarded annually to the player in the QMJHL judged to be the best professional prospect. ... The Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy has been awarded annually to the most sportsmanlike player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, since the 1970-71 season. ... The CHL Player of the Year award is given out annually to the player judged to be the most outstanding in the Canadian Hockey League. ...


NHL Career

Pat LaFontaine was selected by the New York Islanders in the 1st round as the 3rd pick overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft held on 8 June 1983. He started his NHL career after representing the US in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... The 1983 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in only his rookie season, although the Edmonton Oilers won the series and ended the Islanders' reign of four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. LaFontaine distinguished himself with a strong performance, scoring two third-period goals during the Islanders' 5–2 loss to the Oilers in the fifth and deciding game of the series. The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


However, his arrival was concurrent with the beginning of the end of the Islanders' dynasty, which was steeped deep in aging veterans. LaFontaine would have a promising career ahead as one of the team's best players, but he was unable to reverse the Islanders' gradual slide.


In the 1987 playoffs, LaFontaine scored a famous goal in the 4th overtime period of the seventh and decisive game between the Islanders and Washington Capitals, known as the "Easter Epic". The game was started on Saturday, April 18 and concluded just before 2 am on the 19th, Easter Sunday. "It was the most memorable moment in my hockey life," he later recalled. "Even today, wherever I go, people come up to me and start telling me where they were during the Easter Epic". The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopaedia entry. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopaedia entry. ...


The Islanders continued to struggle, and in 1989 missed the playoffs for the first time since 1974. In the first game of his next series, in 1990, LaFontaine suffered the first of many concussions, after a controversial, open-ice hit by James Patrick of the New York Rangers. He fell on his head, and was unconscious while being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Famously, his ambulance was delayed en route to the hospital by Ranger fans who tried to turn the ambulance over. He was lost for the remainder of the series. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... James Patrick (born June 6, 1963 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman, and is now a coach with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred...


The 1990–91 season was another strong season for LaFontaine, but the Islanders did not have a good season, finishing a dismal 25–45–10. LaFontaine, frustrated with his situation on Long Island, turned down a four year, $6 million contract offer and refused to report to the Islanders for the start of the 1991–92 NHL season. Three weeks into the season, on 25 October 1991, Lafontaine was traded, along with teammate Randy Wood, to the Buffalo Sabres for four players, including former first overall pick Pierre Turgeon. MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Randy Wood (born October 12, 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a retired former professional ice hockey player. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... Pierre Turgeon (born 28 August 1969 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Colorado Avalanche. ...


LaFontaine exploded offensively in the 1992–93 season with a personal-best and team-record 148 points (53 goals and 95 assists). The 148 points are also the most points ever scored by an American-born player in one season. His play-making ability enabled his linemate, Alexander Mogilny to set a team season record with 76 goals, (both Lafontaine's 95 assists and Mogilny's 76 goals still stand as the Sabres' team records). LaFontaine finished as runner-up to Mario Lemieux in the scoring race and earned a spot on the postseason NHL All-Star Second Team. He was also a finalist for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Lady Byng Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player. Alexander Mogilny (Александр Геннадиевич Могильный, Aleksandr Gennadijevič Mogilnyj) born on February 18, 1969, in Khabarovsk, USSR (now Russia) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ...


During the 1993 playoffs, LaFontaine engineered another great moment: in spite of playing with a damaged knee, as well as having fallen onto the ice, he still managed to set up Brad May's overtime, series-clinching goal against the Boston Bruins. Brad May (Born: November 29, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a hockey left winger currently playing for the NHLs Anaheim Ducks. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


In the 1994–1995 season he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. ...


Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982-83 Verdun Juniors QMJHL 70 104 130 234 10 15 11 24 35 4
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 58 56 55 111 22
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 15 13 6 19 6 16 3 6 9 8
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 67 19 35 54 32 9 1 2 3 4
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 65 30 23 53 43 3 1 0 1 0
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 80 38 32 70 70 14 5 7 12 10
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 75 47 45 92 52 6 4 5 9 8
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 79 45 43 88 26
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 74 54 51 105 38 2 0 1 1 0
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 75 41 44 85 42
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 46 47 93 98 7 8 3 11 4
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 84 53 95 148 63 7 2 10 12 0
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 5 13 18 2
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 22 12 15 27 4 5 2 2 4 2
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 40 51 91 36
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 2 6 8 4
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 67 23 39 62 36
NHL Totals 865 468 545 1013 552 69 26 36 62 36

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Retirement

The 1996–97 season was the beginning of the end of his career. In a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, LaFontaine was hammered by Francois Leroux with a high hit to the head, knocking him out with a concussion. This hit caused a condition called post-concussion syndrome. He was determined to return, even though the doctors advised against such an attempt. Sabres management, in conjunction with team doctors and specialists, refused to clear Lafontaine to return, and recommended he retire. Lafontaine, still believing he could play, demanded a trade, which the Sabres obliged. He was traded to the New York Rangers for a 2nd round draft choice in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations on 29 September 1997. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Francois Leroux (born April 18, 1970) is a former National Hockey League defenseman with the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. ... Post-concussion syndrome, also known as postconcussive syndrome or PCS, is a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion, a mild form of traumatic brain injury. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... The 1998 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27th at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. ...


In a game against the Ottawa Senators on 16 March 1998, LaFontaine accidentally collided with a Rangers teammate and suffered another concussion. LaFontaine missed the remainder of the season. And on 12 October 1999, thirty-four year old Pat LaFontaine officially announced his retirement. The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team, based in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on 3 November, 2003. "I am truly thrilled to receive this tremendous honor," said Lafontaine upon receiving the news. "Growing up in St. Louis, I always played for the love of the game and never dreamed this could ever lead to my being a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame." He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in that same year. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champions: Paul Hamm, USA, Yang Wei, China Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: USA April 13 — Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: William Kiplagat (KEN) 2:07:42 Women... The United States Hockey Hall of Fame, located at 801 Hat Trick Avenue in Eveleth, Minnesota serves to honor those individuals that have contributed to the sport of hockey in the United States. ...


On 3 March 2006, the Buffalo Sabres retired LaFontaine's number 16. [1] He was also inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame that same year. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (63rd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ...


Since 2001, the Pat LaFontaine Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Rangers-Islanders season series.


Back to the NHL

On June 7, 2006, the Islanders announced that Pat LaFontaine would return to the Islanders as Senior Advisor to the Owner. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


He resigned July 18, 2006, the same day that Neil Smith was fired by the Islanders. July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Neil Smith (born January 9, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) was the general manager of the New York Islanders until he was unexpectedly relieved of his duties on July 18, 2006 after only 40 days. ...


Trivia

LaFontaine is one of three players in NHL history to skate for all three teams based in the state of New York. The others were Mike Donnelly and former teammate Jason Dawe, although LaFontaine played his entire career in the state of New York while Donnelly also played for the Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars and Dawe also played for the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. LaFontaine once joked about it, saying "I got to play for three great organizations in my career and never once had to buy new license plates." Mike Donnelly (born October 10, 1963, in Livonia, Michigan) is a former ice hockey left wing. ... Jason Dawe was a presenter on the Top Gear television show on its first season after it was relaunched. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


See also

National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... This is a list of all the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. ... National Hockey League This is a list of all the members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota. ... The following is a list of ice hockey players who have scored 1000 points in the National Hockey League. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopaedia entry. ...

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Preceded by
Mike Ramsey
Buffalo Sabres captains
1992-97
Alexander Mogilny 1993-94
Succeeded by
Michael Peca
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Cam Neely
Bill Masterton Trophy Winner
1995
Succeeded by
Gary Roberts
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Dave Simpson
CHL Player of the Year
1983
Succeeded by
Mario Lemieux

Note: Ramsey resigned captaincy during the 1992-93 NHL season, in favour of LaFontaine. Mogilny served as captain during most of the 1993-94 NHL season, while LaFontaine was injured and out of line-up Mike Ramsey (born December 3, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American born former ice hockey defenseman. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Alexander Mogilny (Александр Геннадиевич Могильный, Aleksandr Gennadijevič Mogilnyj) born on February 18, 1969, in Khabarovsk, USSR (now Russia) is a professional ice hockey player. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Michael Peca (born March 26, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League who has played for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers. ... Cameron Cam Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965, in Comox, British Columbia) played right wing in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. ... The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Gary Roberts (born May 23, 1966, in North York, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) currently playing for the Florida Panthers. ... Dave Simpson (born March 3, 1962 in London, Ontario) is a former ice hockey player regarded by many as one of the best Canadian hockey players never to have played in the NHL or WHA. He played junior hockey for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, and recorded... The CHL Player of the Year award is given out annually to the player judged to be the most outstanding in the Canadian Hockey League. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ... The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


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LaFontaine was finally forced to retire at the age of 33 after suffering from another concussion, caused by an accidental collision with a Rangers teammate.
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