Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Normand Rochefort
In the earlier stages of Normand Rochefort's career, he spent most of his time playing in somewhat obscure parts of Quebec. As such, he remained a well-kept but talented secret for many years.

He played his junior hockey with the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs and the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL from 1977 to 1980. He was then drafted by the Nordiques and, at age 19, made the jump directly to the NHL.

But obscurity continued to follow Rochefort, in part because of his stay-at-home style of play and in part because the Nordiques had a long-standing reputation for being weak on defense. If such was the case, it was thought, then perhaps Rochefort wasn't really all that good. However, he was the kind of defender who was noticed only when he made a mistake--and he didn't make many of those.

He anchored the Nordiques' blueline, which had a strong offensive orientation, for seven seasons until his little secret got out. He was invited to play at Rendez-vous '87 and the Canada Cup later that year. He surprised everyone as the steadiest defender at the tournament. From then on, Rochefort was on the NHL map.

By the end of the 1987-88 season, however, injuries began to pile up on his frame. While in recovery mode, he decided he needed a change of scenery. His wish was accommodated with his trade to the New York Rangers. But injuries continued to be a factor as he limped his way through the four seasons that followed.

In 1992-93, he finally left the NHL to play one season for Eisbaren in Germany. He then returned to play six games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and then disappeared to the minor where he played out his career with stops in Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, and Kansas City where he retired for good in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 72 9 37 46 31 13 3 8 11 36
1977-78 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 3 0 1 1 2
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 72 17 57 74 80 13 3 11 14 17
1978-79 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs M-Cup 4 0 2 2 6
1979-80 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 20 5 25 30 22
1979-80 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 52 8 39 47 68 2 0 0 0 8
1980-81 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 9 2 6 8 14
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 56 3 7 10 51 -11 5 0 0 0 4
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 4 14 18 115 +19 16 0 2 2 10
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 62 6 17 23 40 +11 1 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 2 22 24 47 +41 6 1 0 1 6
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 73 3 21 24 74 +12 18 2 1 3 8
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 26 5 4 9 30 +9
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 70 6 9 15 46 +2 13 2 1 3 26
1986-87 NHL All-Stars RV-87 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup 9 1 2 3 8
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 3 10 13 49 -2
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 5 6 18 0
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 31 3 1 4 24 +2 10 2 1 3 26
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 7 3 2 5 4
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 44 3 7 10 35 +10
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 26 0 2 2 31 -10
1992-93 EHC Eisbaren Berlin Germany 17 4 2 6 21
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6 0 0 0 10 -1
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 65 5 7 12 43 13 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 77 4 13 17 46 17 1 4 5 12
1995-96 San Francisco Spiders IHL 77 3 12 15 45 4 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Kansas City Blades IHL 77 7 14 21 28 3 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 52 1 3 4 48 +7 11 1 2 3 8
NHL Totals 598 39 119 158 570 69 7 5 12 82


QMJHL Rookie of the Year (1978) (shared with Denis Savard)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1979)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
Traded to NY Rangers by Quebec with Jason Lafreniere for Bruce Bell, Jari Gronstrand, Walt Poddubny and NY Rangers' 4th round pick (Eric Dubois) in 1989 NHL Draft, August 1, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, September 27, 1993.
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