Bobby Lalonde

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Bobby Lalonde
Bobby Lalonde.jpg
Born (1951-03-27) March 27, 1951 (age 66)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Flames
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1971
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1971–1982

Robert Patrick Lalonde (born March 27, 1951 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player drafted 17th overall in the second round of the 1971 NHL entry draft. He played 641 games in the National Hockey League from 1971 to 1982. During his career he accumulated 124 goals, 210 assists for a total of 334 points. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and a short stint with the Calgary Flames until his eventual retirement due to a recurring knee injury. Bobby Lalonde was listed at 5'5" and was the shortest player to play in the NHL at that time.[1]

He now resides on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, with his wife Carolyn. He has two sons. Brent, the eldest, was born while he was playing for the Vancouver Canucks and his younger son Court was born while he was playing for the Atlanta Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Lalonde's amateur career began with the Ontario Hockey Association's Montreal Junior Canadiens, for whom he played from 1968 to 1971, earning 255 points in combined goals and assists. The Junior Canadiens won the Memorial Cup twice during Lalonde's tenure there, once in 1969 and again the following year.[2][3]

Lalonde turned pro in 1971, joining the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks as their number two draft choice.[4][5] He netted 1 goal and 5 assists in 27 games with the Canucks prior to being sent to their American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans for the remainder of the season.[6] Lalonde skated with the Americans for 42 games, tallying 25 points in goals and assists. The following season Lalonde skated with the Canucks, where he remained until 1977. He spent nearly half of the 1973–74 season out of play due to an ankle injury.[7] During the 1975–76 and 1976–77 seasons, Lalonde briefly played for the Central Hockey League's Tulsa Oilers. All told, Lalonde netted 189 points in combined goals and assists in 353 games with the Canucks.

In October 1977, Lalonde (then a free agent) was picked up by the Atlanta Flames.[8] Lalonde remained with the Flames through 1979, scoring 38 goals and 56 assists in 154 games.

Lalonde was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for future considerations in October 1979. He found himself playing for Fred Creighton, who had coached him previously in Atlanta.[9] He spent the bulk of the 1979–80 and 1980–81 seasons in Boston, tallying 14 goals and 37 assists in 133 games.

In October 1981, the Bruins bought out the remaining year of Lalonde's contract and released him as a free agent.[10] Lalonde returned to the NHL on a minor-league contract with the Calgary Flames,[11] playing 19 games with the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars and 1 game with the Flames. He then moved to the European leagues,[12] playing 15 games with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A before retiring from professional hockey in 1982.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 54 17 27 44 18 13 0 5 5 0
1968–69 Montreal Junior Canadiens Memorial Cup 8 4 4 8 17
1969–70 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 54 42 42 84 73 16 6 10 16 17
1969–70 Montreal Junior Canadiens Memorial Cup 12 6 19 25 19
1970–71 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 61 59 68 127 71 11 8 13 21 35
1971–72 Rochester Americans AHL 42 14 11 25 19
1971–72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 1 5 6 2
1972–73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 20 27 47 32
1973–74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 3 4 7 18
1974–75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 17 30 47 48 5 0 0 0 0
1975–76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 14 36 50 46 1 0 0 0 2
1975–76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 4 3 2 5 2
1976–77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 17 15 32 39
1976–77 Tulsa Oilers CHL 7 2 2 4 0
1977–78 Atlanta Flames NHL 73 14 23 37 28 1 1 0 1 0
1978–79 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 24 32 56 24 2 1 0 1 0
1979–80 Atlanta Flames NHL 3 0 1 1 2
1979–80 Boston Bruins NHL 71 10 25 35 28 4 0 1 1 2
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 62 4 12 16 31 3 2 1 3 2
1981–82 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 19 6 11 17 36
1981–82 HC Davos NLA 15 8 21 29 12 13 13 26
NHL totals 641 124 210 334 298 16 4 2 6 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donovan, Dan (October 22, 1977). "Atlanta BIG Test For Pens". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Canadian Press (May 7, 1970). "Jr. Habitants tough on western Wings". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Memorial Cup History". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (October 9, 1971). "Vancouver Canucks' future looks bright". The Leader-Post. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press (October 6, 1971). "Leafs, Stars in top form". The Windsor Star. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Canadian Press (November 19, 1971). "Canucks send Bobby Lalonde to Rochester". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sigurdson, Hal (November 23, 1973). "Canucks must regain October feeling". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 20, 1977). "Lalonde Bought". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (October 24, 1979). "Bruins get Lalonde from Flames". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ Press release (October 6, 1981). "Sports Moves". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (October 29, 1981). "The whisper is Vail is on waivers". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ Olson, Arv (October 28, 1981). "'Europeans not problem' Neale says of Canucks". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 

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