Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Donald Dufresne
As a sixth-round selection, chosen 117th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1985 Entry Draft, Dufresne surprised people by not only cracking the lineup but by starting a nine-year career as a pro.

In three seasons with the Trois Rivieres Draveurs and one with the Longueuil Chevaliers of the QMJHL, Dufresne was known more for his defensive abilities and his willingness to mix it up with opposing players, especially if they were causing trouble for his goaltender. In his last season with the Draveurs, Dufresne scored eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points while spending 160 minutes in the penalty box.

Dufresne got his first taste of NHL action in 1988-89 when he suited up for 13 games with the Montreal Canadiens. He picked up a single assist and collected 43 minutes in penalties. He spent four more years with the Canadiens and received a Stanley Cup ring for their 1993 championship.

From 1993 to 1995, Dufresne bounced around from the Tampa Bay Lightning, to the L.A. Kings and the St. Louis Blues. Dufresne played out his NHL career as a member of the Edmonton Oilers in 1996-97 before suiting up for 15 games with the IHL's Quebec Rafales in 1997-98.

After calling it a career, Dufresne stepped behing the bench as an assistant coach with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2000-01 before joining the AHL's Quebec Citadelles the following year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Montreal L'est Cantonniers QAAA 44 3 17 20 36 3 0 0 0 4
1983-84 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 67 7 12 19 92
1984-85 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 65 5 30 35 103 7 1 3 4 12
1985-86 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 63 8 32 40 160 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 51 5 21 26 79
1986-87 Longueuil Chevaliers QMJHL 16 0 8 8 18 20 1 8 9 38
1986-87 Longueuil Chevaliers M-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 47 1 8 9 107 6 1 0 1 34
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 0 1 1 43 +3 6 1 1 2 4
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 47 0 12 12 170
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 0 4 4 23 +1 10 0 1 1 18
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 38 2 11 13 104
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 29
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 2 13 15 55 +5 10 0 1 1 21
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 10 1 4 5 35 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2 +2
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 31 8 12 20 60 7 0 0 0 10
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 1 2 3 32 0 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 51 2 6 8 48 -2
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 0 0 0 10 -5
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 0 3 3 10 +2 3 0 0 0 4
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 4 -2
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 13 1 1 2 14
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42 1 6 7 16 -2
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 22 0 1 1 15 -1 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 15 0 4 4 20 -1
NHL Totals 268 6 36 42 258 34 1 3 4 47


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1986, 1987) Traded to Tampa Bay by Montreal to complete transaction that sent Rob Ramage to Montreal (March 20, 1993), June 18, 1993. Traded to Los Angeles by Tampa Bay for Los Angeles' 6th round pick (Daniel Juden) in 1994 NHL Draft, March 19, 1994. Claimed by St. Louis from Los Angeles in Waiver Draft, January 18, 1995. Traded to Edmonton by St. Louis with Jeff Norton for Igor Kravchuk and Ken Sutton, January 4, 1996.
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