Steve Duchesne

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Steve Duchesne
Born (1965-06-30) June 30, 1965 (age 48)
Sept-Îles, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Quebec Nordiques
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1985–2002

Steve Duchesne (born June 30, 1965) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL with several teams from 1986 until 2002. He was a three-time NHL All-Star and was a member of the 2001–02 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Playing career[edit]

Duchesne began his notable hockey career with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Never drafted by an NHL team, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings on October 1, 1984. He played one season with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League before becoming an NHL regular in 1986–87. In his rookie NHL season, he played well enough to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. It did not take Duchesne long to establish himself as an above average offensive defenceman. In the 1988–89 NHL season, he led all defensemen in shorthanded goals with 5.

Duchesne remained with the Kings until May 30, 1991, when he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal that brought future Hall of Famer Jari Kurri to Los Angeles. Duchesne played one season in Philadelphia, before being involved in one of the biggest trades in NHL history, moving to the Quebec Nordiques with a package of several players and cash for the young phenom Eric Lindros. Although Duchesne set a career high with 82 points in Quebec, he was again traded after one season to the St. Louis Blues. He spent two seasons with the Blues before being acquired by the upstart Ottawa Senators. After two successful seasons with the Senators, in which he scored the goal that clinched the team's first ever playoff spot, he was traded back to the Blues for Igor Kravchuk due to financial considerations. Duchesne's journeyman status continued, as he returned to the Kings as a free agent after one season with the Blues. During his first season back with the Kings, he was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline. Finally, after the 1998–99 season, Duchesne signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, where he would win the Stanley Cup in his final season, 2001–02.

Duchesne now resides in Westlake, Texas with his wife and two children. He coaches the U18 Dallas Stars Midget Major AAA hockey team.[citation needed] He is a co-owner of the Allen Americans, a Central Hockey League team which began play in the 2009-10 season.[1]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 1 34 35 79
1984–85 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 65 22 54 76 94 5 4 7 11 8
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 75 14 35 49 76 5 0 2 2 9
1986–87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 13 25 38 74 +8 5 0 2 5 2 2 4 4
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 16 39 55 109 0 5 0 4 5 1 3 4 14
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 25 50 75 92 +31 8 5 2 11 4 4 8 12
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 20 42 62 36 -3 6 0 1 10 2 9 11 6
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 21 41 62 66 +19 8 0 3 12 4 8 12 8
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 38 56 86 -7 7 2 3
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 82 20 62 82 57 +15 8 0 2 6 0 5 5 6
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 12 19 31 14 +1 8 0 1 4 0 2 2 2
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 12 26 38 36 +29 1 0 1 7 0 4 4 2
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 12 24 36 42 -23 7 0 2
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 19 28 47 38 -9 10 2 3 7 1 4 5 0
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 14 42 56 32 +9 5 1 1 10 0 4 4 6
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 4 19 23 22 -6 1 0 1
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 2 5 7 2 0 1 0 1 6 0 2 2 2
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 10 31 41 42 +12 1 0 1 9 0 4 4 10
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 6 19 25 48 +9 2 0 0 6 2 4 6 0
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings * NHL 64 3 15 18 28 +3 1 0 2 23 0 6 6 24
16 seasons NHL totals 1113 227 525 752 824 +88 84 10 30 121 16 61 77 96

* Won Stanley Cup

International play[edit]

Steve Duchesne
Medal record
World Championships
Gold 1994 Ice hockey
Silver 1996 Ice hockey
  • Played for: Team Canada in the 1994 World Championships.
  • Played for: Team Canada in the 1996 World Championships.

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada WC 6 0 1 1 0
1996 Canada WC 8 1 3 4 4
World Championship totals 14 1 4 5 4

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