Lee Fogolin

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For Fogolin's father who was also an ice hockey player, see Lee Fogolin Sr.
Lee Fogolin
Born (1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Edmonton Oilers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1974
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1974–1987

Lee Joseph Fogolin (born February 7, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario), is a former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League. He played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers, appearing in 924 NHL regular season games between 1974 and 1987, winning the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985.

Background and early career[edit]

Fogolin was born in Chicago while his father, Lee Fogolin Sr., was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. His father also played for the Detroit Red Wings and won the Stanley Cup in 1950.

His son, Michael Fogolin, played for the Prince George Cougars in the WHL and died in his sleep on May 26, 2004, of a possible heart condition.[1]

Fogolin played from 1972–1974 with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA, scoring 52 points in 102 games with 240 PIM. He was drafted in the first round, 11th overall, of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Although Fogolin was raised in rural Ontario, Canada, he was chosen to play for Team USA in the 1976 Canada Cup, since he was born in the U.S.. He was invited again in 1984, but this time chose not to play.

NHL playing career[edit]

Fogolin played his first professional season (1974–75) in Buffalo, but split the next season between the Sabres and the AHL Hershey Bears. He was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers for the 1979–1980 season through the NHL Expansion Draft.

Fogolin played seven full seasons with Edmonton, and was named as captain for the 1981–82 season. He was the first of four captains to lead the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals, in 1983, where they lost to the New York Islanders.[2] While a solid defenseman in his own right, he was overshadowed by many of the young stars on the Oilers' roster, most notably the scoring superstar Wayne Gretzky. Fogolin was replaced as captain by Gretzky for the 1983–84 season onwards. Fogolin was a member of the Oilers' Stanley Cup wins in 1984 and 1985. Fogolin also played in the 1986 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

Fogolin was re-acquired by the Sabres with Mark Napier for Wayne Van Dorp, Normand Lacombe and future considerations near the end of the 1986–87 season, and retired after completing the season with them.

Personal[edit]

Fogolin currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Thunder Bay Marrs TBJHL
1970–71 Thunder Bay Marrs Cen-Cup 5 0 2 2 6
1971–72 Thunder Bay Marrs TBJHL
1972–73 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 55 5 21 26 132
1973–74 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 47 7 19 26 108
1974–75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 2 2 4 59 8 0 0 0 6
1975–76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 0 9 9 64 9 0 4 4 23
1975–76 Hershey Bears AHL 20 1 8 9 61
1976–77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 3 15 18 100 4 0 0 0 2
1977–78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 0 23 23 98 6 0 2 2 23
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 3 19 22 103 3 0 0 0 4
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 5 10 15 104 3 0 0 0 4
1980–81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 13 17 30 139 9 0 0 0 12
1981–82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 4 25 29 154 5 1 1 2 14
1982–83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 0 18 18 92 16 0 5 5 36
1983–84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 5 16 21 125 19 1 4 5 23
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 4 14 18 126 18 3 1 4 16
1985–86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 4 22 26 129 8 0 2 2 10
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 1 3 4 17
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 0 2 2 8
NHL totals 924 44 195 239 1318 108 5 19 24 173

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1976 United States CC 2 0 0 0 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Fogolin, dead at 17". TSN.ca. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "News". Nhlpa.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Morris Titanic
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1974
Succeeded by
Bob Sauvé
Preceded by
Blair MacDonald
Edmonton Oilers captain
198183
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky