January 20, 1932 |
Guelph, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers
Louis Joseph "Leapin' Louie" Fontinato (born January 20, 1932) was a defenceman in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers from 1954 to 1961 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1961 to 1963.
Lou Fontinato was a rugged defender and the most feared enforcer of his time. He started his career with New York during the 1954-55 season. The following year, he led the NHL in penalty minutes, the highest total ever at that time. He also led the league in that category in 1957-58 and 1961–62 (with Montreal). With the Rangers, Fontinato and Gordie Howe had a running feud that culminated in a fight at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 1959, in which Howe broke the nose and dislocated the jaw of "Leapin' Lou". Fontinato was eventually traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Hall-of-Fame great Doug Harvey at the tail-end of his career. Fontinato's career came to an abrupt and violent end in 1963 at the Montreal Forum when he missed a check on left-winger Vic Hadfield of the Rangers behind the Montreal net, slammed head first into the boards, and became paralyzed for a month.
|1954-55||New York Rangers||NHL||28||2||2||4||60|
|1955-56||New York Rangers||NHL||70||3||15||18||202||4||0||0||0||6|
|1956-57||New York Rangers||NHL||70||3||12||15||139||5||0||0||0||7|
|1957-58||New York Rangers||NHL||70||3||8||11||152||6||0||1||1||6|
|1958-59||New York Rangers||NHL||64||7||6||13||149|
|1959-60||New York Rangers||NHL||64||2||11||13||137|
|1960-61||New York Rangers||NHL||53||2||3||5||100|
Fontinato currently runs a cattle operation near Eden Mills, Ontario.
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