Mario Lessard

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Mario Lessard
Born (1954-06-25) June 25, 1954 (age 60)
East Broughton, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for AHL
Springfield Indians
New Haven Nighthawks
NHL
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 154th overall, 1974
Los Angeles Kings
WHA Draft 128th overall, 1974
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1977–1984

Mario Lessard (born June 25, 1954 in East Broughton, Quebec) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender.

Lessard began his National Hockey League career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1978, the team he would play his entire NHL career with. Lessard recorded four shutouts in 1978-79, tied for second best in the league. Lessard also was a NHL Second Team All-Star in 1981 and appeared in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game. He may be best known as the Kings goalie in the Miracle on Manchester playoff game in April 1982 in which the Kings rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 6-5 in overtime. Early in overtime of that game, Lessard mishandled the puck 40 feet in front of his net as he attempted to beat Glenn Anderson to the puck and stop a breakaway; with the net wide open and defenceman Mark Hardy trying to act as goalie, the Oilers Mark Messier shot the puck over the open net. The Kings scored two minutes later to win. After the game Lessard lamented that his boneheaded play nearly blew the amazing comeback. He retired after the 1984 season.

One of the lesser known facts about Lessard, is that he was the last NHL goaltender to wear the iconic "Death Mask," or "Jason Mask," referring to the character Jason in the Friday the 13th films.

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