May 26, 1980 |
Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
|Thetford Mines Isothermic
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lessard attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he led the NCAA in goals (32) and points (63) during the 2003–04 season, numbers that would be good enough to win the Hobey Baker Award. He also led the WCHA in the same categories with 19 goals and 39 points in conference play.
On April 15, 2004, after winning the Hobey Baker Award in his senior season, Lessard signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Stars. He made his NHL debut for the Stars during the 2005–06 season. Lessard was traded to Tampa Bay on January 15, 2008 in exchange for Dan Jancevski.
Lessard signed a contract with the Atlanta Thrashers on July 9, 2008. Lessard was assigned to affiliate the Chicago Wolves to start the 2008–09 season. On January 13, 2008, he was traded by the Thrashers to the New York Islanders for Brett Skinner and was immediately sent to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
On October 7, 2009 Lessard signed a one-year contract for SM-liiga team Ilves, but after only 4 games on November 4, Lessard was released due to injury. On January 13, 2010, he resumed playing back in Canada signing with semi-pro team the Thetford Mines Isothermic of the LNAH. On February 1, 2010, after recovering from injury Junior signed with German team Augsburger Panther of the DEL for the remainder of the season.
Awards and honors
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||2003|||
|All-WCHA First Team||2003–04|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2003–04|
- 1998–99 -MJHL All-Rookie Team
- 1999–00 -MJHL First All-Star Team
- 1999–00 -MJHL Most Valuable Player
- Named Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the Year with the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League
- 2003–04 -WCHA Player of the Year
- 2003–04 -NCAA All-Tournament Team
- 2003–04 -NCAA Hobey Baker Award
- National Player of the Year honors in 2004 by College Hockey Online and Inside College Hockey
|2000–01||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||36||4||8||12||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||39||17||13||30||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||40||21||16||37||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||U. of Minnesota Duluth||WCHA||45||32||31||63||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||19||1||1||2||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||21||7||6||13||2||1||0||1||1||0|
|2009–10||Thetford Mines Isothermic||LNAH||4||2||1||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Thetford Mines Isothermic||LNAH||4||0||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Thetford Mines Isothermic||LNAH||25||12||11||23||6||8||1||3||4||0|
- (French) "LNH : Liste des joueurs québécois et des joueurs francophones - Saison 2010-2011"..
- "Feature On Junior Lessard"..
- (French) "Lucien Junior Lessard, hockeyeur évoluant dans la ligue nationale a reçu le Sommet Ambassadeur de la Ville Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce."..
- "Islanders acquire Lessard from Thrashers for Skinner". TSN.ca. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- "Ilves sign Canadian Junior Lessard" (in Finnish). Ilves. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- "Augsburger Panther with last minute commitment" (in German). Augsburger Panther. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-23.[dead link]
- "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- US College Hockey Online
- Inside College Hockey
- Junior Lessard's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Junior Lessard's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Junior Lessard's player profile at NHL.com
|Awards and achievements|
|WCHA Player of the Year
|Winner of the Hobey Baker Award