October 2, 1948 |
London, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 1966
New York Rangers
Donald Harold Luce (born October 2, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969 to 1982. He is currently a pro scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Luce was drafted by the New York Rangers and played three seasons (1965–68) for their farm team; the Kitchener Rangers in Kitchener, Ontario. He then played one and a half seasons with another Rangers farm team, the Omaha Knights, before being brought up to the NHL team for the last 12 games of 1969–70. While in New York, he often ate dinner with Tim Horton.
During the 1970–1971 season he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, where he played 58 games before being dealt again, this time to the Buffalo Sabres, for whom he then played until 1981. Luce was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the NHL player annually who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, leadership and dedication to the sport of hockey, for the 1974-75.
Luce was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1986  and also served as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres in 1986–87. He served as the Sabres' Head of Player development from the end of his term as assistant coach until July 2006, when the team let him go and cut much of its scouting department. Luce had been responsible for bringing in the likes of Alexander Mogilny, Maxim Afinogenov, Martin Biron, Brian Campbell, and Jason Pominville.
He is remembered among Sabres fans fondly for his work ethic on the ice, his abilities on the penalty kill, his work in the team's front office, and in the community where he and his wife Diane continue to act charitably even though they are no longer affiliated with the Sabres.
Luce played 894 career NHL games, scoring 225 goals and 329 assists for 554 points. His best statistical season was the 1974–75 season with the Buffalo Sabres, when he set career highs in goals (33), points (76), shorthanded goals (8), and plus minus with a +61 rating.
|1969–70||New York Rangers||NHL||12||1||2||3||8||5||0||1||1||4|
|1970–71||New York Rangers||NHL||9||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||58||3||11||14||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||10||1||0||1||2||4||0||2||2||2|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||39||4||4||8||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||CHL||2||1||0||1||4||10||2||5||7||8|