Dan LaCouture

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Dan LaCouture
Born (1977-04-18) April 18, 1977 (age 37)
Hyannis, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
New Jersey Devils
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  United States
NHL Draft 29th overall, 1996
New York Islanders
Playing career 1997–2011

Daniel LaCouture (born April 18, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). LaCouture is a graduate of Natick High School in Natick, Massachusetts.

Playing career[edit]

He was drafted 29th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The Islanders traded Lacouture to the Edmonton Oilers for Mariusz Czerkawski on August 25, 1997. Initially, he played primarily for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate, but became more of a regular in the NHL while playing for the Oilers in the 2000–01 season. On October 17, 2000, Dan scored his first career NHL goal against Andrew Raycroft and the Boston Bruins in a 6-1 Oilers victory. [1]

The Pittsburgh Penguins dealt for Lacouture on March 13, 2001 sending Sven Butenschon to the Oilers. Lacouture had his most productive season, scoring six goals along with eleven assists, and playing in all 82 games in 2001–02. While playing for Pittsburgh until 2003, On February 10 of that year, he, along with Alexei Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen, and Mike Wilson were sent to the New York Rangers in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Mikael Samuelsson, Rico Fata, and cash.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, the Providence Bruins signed Lacouture to a contract. He played for the NHL's Boston Bruins and Switzerland's HC Davos in 2005–06. An unrestricted free agent in the 2006 offseason, Lacouture signed with the New Jersey Devils, playing in six games with the NHL club and thirty-nine with the Lowell Devils of the AHL. He signed with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, but was suspended by the team after he failed to report to Anaheim's AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. Lacouture returned to the Swiss League and played 15 games for HC Lugano in the 2007–08 season. After a tryout that made an impression on the Hurricanes organization, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. He was called to Albany River Rats, but left the club on December 27, 2008 and signed a contract with Barys Astana of the KHL.

He completed his final professional season with Norwegian club, Lørenskog IK of the GET-ligaen in 2011.

On April 10, 2014, LaCouture was revealed as one of nine former NHL players to file a major class action lawsuit against the NHL, alleging that the league has generated billions of dollars while subjecting its players to 'the imminent risk of head trauma' leading to 'devastating and long-term negative health consequences.'[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Natick High HS-MA 20 38 34 72 46
1993–94 Natick High HS-MA 21 52 49 101 58
1994–95 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 52 44 56 100 98
1995–96 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 29 24 35 59 79 13 12 13 25 23
1996–97 Boston University HE 31 13 12 25 18
1997–98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 15 10 25 31 5 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 72 17 14 31 73 9 2 1 3 2
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 70 23 17 40 85 6 2 1 3 0
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 2 4 6 29
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 0 0 0 14 5 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 6 11 17 71
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 2 2 4 72
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 4 5 0
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 2 7 82
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 64 12 15 27 52 6 1 1 2 4
2005–06 HC Davos NLA 4 2 1 3 4
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 55 2 2 4 53
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 39 8 3 11 33
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 0 0 0 7
2007–08 HC Lugano NLA 15 1 1 2 18
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 11 2 0 2 10
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 12 1 5 6 7
2008–09 Barys Astana KHL 12 2 1 3 51 3 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 9 2 0 2 7
2010–11 Lørenskog IK GET 30 16 13 29 18
NHL totals 337 20 25 45 348 6 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 United States WJC 2nd
2002 United States WC 7th 7 2 2 4 0
Senior totals 7 2 2 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers Box Score, October 17, 2000". Hockey-Reference.com. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Nine former players file concussion lawsuit against NHL". The Sports Network. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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