Eric Lacroix

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Eric Lacroix
Born (1971-07-15) July 15, 1971 (age 42)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 136th overall, 1990
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1992–2001

Eric Lacroix (born July 15, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Lacroix played eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. He is the son the Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix and has worked in various management positions within the Avalanche.

Playing career[edit]

Lacroix was selected in the 7th round, 136th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He then played two years of collegiate hockey with St. Lawrence University of the ECAC. Lacroix made his professional debut with Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs before appearing in his first NHL game with the Leafs in the 1993–94 season.

Lacroix enjoyed his most successful stint in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, posting a career high 18 goals, 18 assists and 36 points in the 1996–97 season, as the Avalanche fell just short of defending their Stanley Cup title.

On February 13, 1999, Lacroix was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Rangers for Sean Pronger. On March 1, 2001, Lacroix was traded from the Rangers to the Senators for Colin Forbes before ending his professional career at 472 NHL games after the conclusion of the 2000–01 season.

Management[edit]

Post-retirement, Lacroix remained involved in hockey and returned to the Avalanche organization, assuming the roles of assistant video coach and director of hockey operations for four seasons. He became the co-owner and governor of the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League. After three-years with the Sundogs, helping claim the Ray Miron President's Cup as champions of the CHL, Lacroix joined the Phoenix Coyotes organization for the 2008–09 season as a professional scout.[1]

On June 3, 2009, Lacroix re-joined his father in Colorado, when he was named Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche. He served in his role for four consecutive seasons, before leaving after the 2012–13 season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 St. Lawrence University ECAC 30 12 7 19 35
1991–92 St. Lawrence University ECAC 34 11 21 32 40
1992–93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 76 15 19 34 59 9 5 3 8 4
1993–94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 59 17 22 39 69 11 5 3 8 6
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1994–95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 25 7 1 8 31
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 9 7 16 54
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 16 16 32 110
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 18 18 36 26 17 1 4 5 19
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 15 31 84 7 0 0 0 6
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 0 1 1 12
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL 30 2 1 3 4
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 8 12 24
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 46 2 3 5 39
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 1 1 4 4 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 472 67 70 137 361 30 1 5 6 25

See also[edit]

List of family relations in the National Hockey League

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1990–91

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Lacroix - Bio". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Eric Lacroix leaves Colorado Avalanche in shake-up after Sacco fired". Denver Post. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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