LaFayette as a member of the Los Angeles Kings
February 17, 1973|
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
St. Louis Blues|
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
65th overall, 1991|
St. Louis Blues
Nathan LaFayette (born February 17, 1973) is a former ice hockey player in the NHL. He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Los Angeles Kings. LaFayette was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He played 187 regular season NHL games and scored 9 points in 20 playoff games.
On April 10, 2008, LaFayette was interviewed on the Team 1040 BMac & Rintoul sports radio morning show on the "Where are they now" feature. He stated that due to injuries, his career was cut short.
Lafayette was the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year in the 1991-92 season, while he was a member of the Cornwall Royals. He also played for the Kingston Frontenacs (1989–90, 1990–91) and the Newmarket Royals (1992–93), all of the OHL. His best year as an amateur came in 1992-93 when he scored 49 goals for the Newmarket Royals and helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships.
LaFayette was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He scored his first NHL point, an assist, on January 14, 1994 vs. the Edmonton Oilers setting up a two-on-one for Craig Janney and Brendan Shanahan, and Shanahan scored the goal. The Blues had intended for LaFayette to play at their minor league affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, for the whole season, but due to injuries, he played 38 NHL games with the Blues before being traded.
On March 21, 1994, LaFayette was traded with teammates Bret Hedican and Jeff Brown to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the rights to Craig Janney. After sitting out the first four playoff games for Vancouver, he recorded nine points in the next 20 games. He tied his Vancouver Canuck teammate, Bret Hedican, for the +/- lead in the 1994 playoffs with a total of +13. He remains best known as the player who hit the post in the final minutes of the 1994 finals between the Rangers and the Canucks in Game 7.
On April 7, 1995, Lafayette was traded to the New York Rangers for goaltender Corey Hirsch. He played five games with the Rangers, while playing 57 games with their minor league affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers.
On March 14, 1996, LaFayette was again part of a blockbuster trade, going to the Los Angeles Kings with Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Mattias Norstrom and the Rangers' 1997 4th round pick (99th overall - Sean Blanchard), in exchange for Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley, and Shane Churla. During his time there, he played right wing as well as center. Lafayette suspects that he suffered two concussions in one game with the Los Angeles Kings, which contributed to his hockey career being cut short. He retired in 1999 after splitting the season between the Kings and the Long Beach Ice Dogs.
In 1993, LaFayette won a gold medal at the 1993 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, representing Canada.
|World Junior Championships|
After LaFayette retired from hockey in 2000, he joined Travel Guard Canada. The company, an arm of Travel Guard International, offered travel insurance plans to Canadian travellers. As of 2010, he resides in Oakville with his wife, Sherry and two children; a daughter, Piper and son, Hudson. He continues his work as an insurance executive.
Regular season and playoffs
|1988–89||Toronto Marlboros Midget AAA||GTHL||69||38||68||106||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||38||2||3||5||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||New York Rangers||NHL||12||0||0||0||0||8||0||0||0||2|
|1995–96||New York Rangers||NHL||5||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||12||2||4||6||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||15||1||3||4||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||34||5||3||8||32||4||0||0||0||0|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||33||2||2||4||35||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||41||9||13||22||24||7||1||0||1||8|
|1999–2000||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||42||7||15||22||33||—||—||—||—||—|
- All statistics are from eliteprospects.com
April 7, 1995: Traded to New York Rangers by Vancouver for Corey Hirsch, April 7, 1995.
March 14, 1996: Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Ray Ferraro, Mattias Norstrom, Ian Laperriere and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla, March 14, 1996.
|OHL CHL Scholastic Player of the Year||1991–92|
- Dave Luecking (1994-01-17). "Lafayette's Point Pace Picking Up". St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO).
- "Canuck Class of '94".
- Rod Mickleburgh (2011-05-29). "The fateful shot Canucks' fans can't forget". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- Wyatt Arndt (2014-10-06). "The 101 Greatest Canucks: Better to hit the post than miss completely, says Nathan Lafayette". Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- Jim Hodges (1998-11-29). "Maybe LaFayette Has Found the Right Spot". LA Times. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- "In His Own Words: Nathan LaFayette". 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- "Player Search: Nathan LaFayette".
- "Where are they now: Nathan Lafayette". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2010-01-24.