September 7, 1971 |
East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
Sasha "The Basha, Pitbull" Lakovic (Serbian: Саша Лаковић / Saša Laković) (born September 7, 1971) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for 17 different professional teams during his career. Lakovic also played for four roller hockey teams in the mid-1990s.
Lakovic, nicknamed the "Pit Bull" for his aggressiveness, turned pro in 1992–93, playing for three separate Colonial Hockey League teams, as well as the American Hockey League's Binghamton Rangers. Lakovic bounced around the ECHL, Central Hockey League, International Hockey League and AHL for a few more seasons, including an incident where he got on all fours and barked to the crowd after destroying Barry Potomski in a fight as a Las Vegas Thunder enforcer. Lakovic moved on to National Hockey League's Calgary Flames in 1996–97. and was dealt to the New Jersey Devils a year later. Lakovic would play only 37 NHL games before finishing his career with stops in the West Coast Hockey League, and finally the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey before retiring following the 2004–05 season.
Battle of Alberta
Lakovic gained widespread attention on November 23, 1996 when playing in his first, and only, Battle of Alberta game between the Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. Late in the game, played at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, a drunken fan reached over the glass, dumping his drink on the head of Flames assistant coach Guy Lapointe. Lakovic immediately jumped over the glass attempting to get at the fan. Held back from climbing over by his teammates, Lakovic was suspended two games for the incident.
|1995–96||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||49||1||2||3||416||13||1||1||2||57|
|1996–97||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||10||0||0||0||81||2||0||0||0||14|
|1996–97||Saint John Flames||AHL||18||1||8||9||182||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Albany River Rats||AHL||30||7||6||13||158||13||3||4||7||84|
|1997–98||New Jersey Devils||NHL||2||0||0||0||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||New Jersey Devils||NHL||16||0||3||3||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Albany River Rats||AHL||10||1||1||2||93||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||Albany River Rats||AHL||51||10||16||26||144||5||0||0||0||14|
|2000–01||Long Beach Ice Dogs||WCHL||8||3||6||9||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Jean Mission||QPSHL||15||0||4||4||51||—||—||—||—||—|