January 20, 1932|
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
July 3, 2016 (aged 84)|
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Louis Joseph "Leapin' Louie" Fontinato (January 20, 1932 – July 3, 2016) was a Canadian 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. Fontinato became the first player in league history to record over 200 minutes in penalties in a season. 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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Lou Fontinato's player profile". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
- Career stats http://www.hockeydb.com.
- Forbed, Andrew (July 6, 2016). "Former NHL Defenceman Lou Fontinato Passes Away". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Saxon, Tony (July 5, 2016). "Guelph mourns loss of 'Leapin' Louie from The Ward". guelphtoday.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470736197. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
- Gretzky - Howe interview - BarDown
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