Francis Lessard

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Francis Lessard
Born (1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 35)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 80th overall, 1997
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 1999–present

Francis Lessard (born May 30, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently signed to a 1-year contract with the Cornwall River Kings of Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH). He has played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators of the NHL, but has spent most of his career in the AHL. Lessard is generally known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and his ability to protect his teammates during a game.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted from the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs, Lessard's rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999 while still at junior level. He spent three seasons with their AHL affiliate the Philadelphia Phantoms before he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

With the Thrashers, Lessard made his National Hockey League debut with the Thrashers during the 2001–02 season. In that season, Lessard won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves. Lessard played 91 games over four seasons with Atlanta before moving to the New York Rangers organization in 2006. He played two seasons for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL before signing with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008, playing two seasons for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. He signed with the Ottawa Senators in August 2010.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 66 1 9 10 312
1997–98 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 63 3 20 23 338 19 1 6 7 101
1998–99 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 53 12 36 48 295
1999–2000 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 78 4 8 12 416 5 0 1 1 7
2000–01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 64 3 7 10 330 10 0 0 0 33
2001–02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 60 0 6 6 251
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 5 0 0 0 26
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 7 2 1 3 34 15 0 1 1 40
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 2 2 61
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 5 7 194 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 1 1 2 181
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 2 3 5 161
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 58 3 6 9 309
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 14 4 1 5 49
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 2 2 4 324
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 61 2 2 4 289
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 36 2 1 3 187
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 0 0 0 78
2012–13 Cornwall River Kings LNAH 36 2 8 10 147
NHL totals 115 1 3 4 346

Awards and honours[edit]

Transactions[edit]

  • August 8, 2010 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators.
  • July 3, 2008 - Signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes.
  • September 13, 2006 - Invited by the New York Rangers to training camp.
  • March 15, 2002 - Atlanta Thrashers traded David Harlock and third-round (Tyler Redenbach) and seventh-round (Joe Pavelski) selections in 2003 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Francis Lessard.
  • May 25, 1999 - Carolina Hurricanes traded Francis Lessard to the Philadelphia Flyers for eighth-round selection (Antti Jokella) in 1999.
  • June 21, 1997 - Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round (80th overall) in 1997.

Source: TSN[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Francis Lessard # - RW". TSN. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 

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