Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- J.J. Daigneault
A first-round draft choice, taken 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, J.J. Daigneault has enjoyed a lengthy NHL career with ten different teams over 17 years.

Daigneault played his midget hockey with Montreal-Concordia in the Quebec AAA. In 1981-82, he joined the QMJHL's Laval Voisins and scored 29 points as a major junior rookie. In 1982-83, J.J. joined Longueuil and scored 84 points in 70 games. That year, he was a QMJHL First Team All-Star.

He made his NHL debut that season on October 11, 1984 against the Quebec Nordiques and scored his first goal on November 10 against the North Stars' Gilles Meloche. In 67 rookie games, Daigneault scored 27 points.

On June 6, 1986, Daigneault was traded with a second round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Dave Richter, Rich Sutter, and a third round draft pick. In his first season with the Flyers, he scored 22 points and played a pivotal role in the club advancing to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost a hard-fought seven-game series against the powerful Edmonton Oilers. It was Daigneault who forced a seventh and deciding game that year thanks to his game-winning goal in a 3-2 game-six victory.

After running into a bit of a rut--which saw him in the minors for the entire 1988-89 season--he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in November 1989. That year, Daigneault appeared in 36 games for the Canadiens. In 1990-91, he suited up for the Canadiens on a full-time basis, playing in 51 games.

The 1992-93 season was the pinnacle of Daigneault's career as he recorded a career-high eight goals and a +25 rating in the regular season. In the playoffs, he helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship over Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.

Daigneault played another two years in Montreal before being traded on November 7, 1995 to the St. Louis Blues for goalie Pat Jablonski. He barely had time to unpack his bags before he was traded again on March 20, this time to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a sixth-round draft pick. In the playoffs, he played with boyhood friend Mario Lemieux and helped the Penguins reach to the Eastern Conference finals. He also contributed offensively with ten points in 17 games.

Daigneault was traded on February 21, 1997 to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for Garry Valk and was a key contributor to the club in the final 13 games of the year, helping the team make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

After just 53 games with the Mighty Ducks in 1997-98, Daigneault was traded on February 6 with Joe Sacco and Mark Janssens to the New York Islanders for Travis Green, Doug Houda, and Tony Tuzzolino. On June 26, 1998, he was claimed by the Nashville Predators in the Expansion Draft. After 35 games with the Predators, he was traded on January 13 to the Phoenix Coyotes for future considerations.

On July 24, 2000, Daigneault signed as a free agent with the expansion Minnesota Wild. When he made his debut with the Wild on January 5, he became the second player in league history to play for ten different teams. Ironically, a former teammate, Michel Petit, was the first.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Montreal Hurricanes QAHA
1980-81 Montreal-Concordia QAAA 48 7 48 55 95 3 3 3 6 4
1981-82 Laval Voisins QMJHL 64 4 25 29 41 18 1 3 4 2
1982-83 Longueuil Chevaliers QMJHL 70 26 58 84 58 15 4 11 15 35
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 55 5 14 19 40
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 2
1983-84 Longueuil Chevaliers QMJHL 10 2 11 13 6 14 3 13 16 30
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 4 23 27 69 -14
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 5 23 28 45 -20 3 0 2 2 0
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 16 22 56 +12 9 1 0 1 0
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 2 2 4 12 -8
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 10 1 5 6 8
1988-89 Hershey Bears AHL 12 0 10 10 13
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 63 10 33 43 48 6 1 3 4 2
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 2 10 12 14 +11 9 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 28 8 19 27 18
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 3 16 19 31 -2 5 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 4 14 18 36 +16 11 0 3 3 4
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 8 10 18 57 +25 20 1 3 4 22
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 2 12 14 73 +16 7 0 1 1 12
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 3 5 8 40 +2
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 1 1 6 0
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 1 3 4 24 -6
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 9 1 10 11 10
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 3 3 6 23 0 17 1 9 10 36
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 3 14 17 36 -5
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 13 2 9 11 22 +5 11 2 7 9 16
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 53 2 15 17 28 -10
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 18 0 6 6 21 +1
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 35 2 2 4 38 -4
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 35 0 7 7 32 -8 6 0 0 0 8
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 1 6 7 22 -16 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
2000-01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 44 8 9 17 18 +1
2001-02 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss-2 6 5 2 7 2
NHL Totals 899 53 197 250 687 99 5 26 31 100


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1983) Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver with Vancouver's 2nd round pick (Kent Hawley) in 1986 NHL Draft and Vancouver's 5th round pick (later traded back to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Sean Fabian) in 1987 NHL Draft for Dave Richter, Rich Sutter and Vancouver's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Don Gibson) in 1986 NHL Draft, June 6, 1986. Traded to Montreal by Philadelphia for Scott Sandelin, November 7, 1988. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for Pat Jablonski, November 7, 1995. Traded to Pittsburgh by St. Louis for Pittsburgh's 6th round pick (Stephen Wagner) in 1996 NHL Draft, March 20, 1996. Traded to Anaheim by Pittsburgh for Garry Valk, February 21, 1997. Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim with Joe Sacco and Mark Janssens for Travis Green, Doug Houda and Tony Tuzzolino, February 6, 1998. Claimed by Nashville from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Traded to Phoenix by Nashville for future considerations, January 13, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 24, 2000.
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