Normand Lacombe

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Normand Lacombe
Born (1964-10-18) October 18, 1964 (age 49)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1983
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1983–1991

Normand Lacombe (born October 18, 1964 in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Pierrefonds, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right wing. He was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

After playing two seasons at the University of New Hampshire, Lacombe made his professional debut with Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in the 1983–84 season. Lacombe made his National Hockey League debut with the Sabres during the 1984–85 season, playing in 30 games. He appeared in 64 more games with the Sabres over the next two seasons before being traded, along with Wayne Van Dorp, to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Lee Fogolin and Mark Napier.

Lacombe was a member of the Oilers team which won the Stanley Cup in the 1987–88 season, and had the finest statistical season of his career in the 1988–89 season (17 goals, 11 assists). The Oilers traded Lacombe to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would spend the final season-plus of his career, during the 1989–90 season.

In his NHL career, Lacombe appeared in 319 games. He scored 53 goals and added 62 assists. He also played in 26 playoff games, all with Edmonton, scoring five goals and tallying one assist.

Coaching career[edit]

Lacombe was the head coach of the AJHL St. Albert Steel at the start of the 2007–08 season, but was fired shortly into the year and replaced by General Manager Greg Parks. He became the head coach of the Whitecourt Wolverines of the North West Junior Hockey League in the middle of the 2011–12 season,[1] where he led the team to a league record fourth consecutive championship.[2] In the off-season, the team folded to make way for the successor Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League,[3] for which he is now the team's strength and conditioning coach.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1982–83

Career statistics[edit]

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1981-82  U. of New Hampshire         NCAA   35   18   16   34   38  --  --  --  --  --
1982-83  U. of New Hampshire         NCAA   35   18   25   43   48  --  --  --  --  --
1983-84  Rochester Americans         AHL    44   10   16   26   45  --  --  --  --  --
1984-85  Rochester Americans         AHL    33   13   16   29   33   5   3   1   4   4
1984-85  Buffalo Sabres              NHL    30    2    4    6   25  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Rochester Americans         AHL    32   10   13   23   56  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Buffalo Sabres              NHL    25    6    7   13   13  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Rochester Americans         AHL    13    6    5   11    4  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Nova-Scotia Oilers          AHL    10    3    5    8    4   5   1   1   2   6
1986-87  Buffalo Sabres              NHL    39    4    7   11    8  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Edmonton Oilers             NHL     1    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
1987-88  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    53    8    9   17   36  19   3   0   3  28
1988-89  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    64   17   11   28   57   7   2   1   3  21
1989-90  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    15    5    2    7   21  --  --  --  --  --
1989-90  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL    18    0    2    2    7  --  --  --  --  --
1990-91  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL    74   11   20   31   27  --  --  --  --  --
1991-92  Canadian National Team      Intl   11    1    4    5   16  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        319   53   62  115  196  26   5   1   6  49

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolverines hire new coach". Whitecourt Star (Sun Media Corporation). 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ Brigette Jobin (2012-03-28). "League records set". Whitecourt Star (Sun Media Corporation). Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  3. ^ "AJHL Moving to Whitecourt, Alberta". Alberta Junior Hockey League. May 2, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Staff". Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Don Sylvestri
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
1981–82
Succeeded by
George Servinis
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Barrasso
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1983
Succeeded by
Adam Creighton