Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Lachance
Defenceman Scott Lachance entered the 2001-02 season intending to help the Vancouver Canucks build on their improved play the previous season. A fine passer with good mobility, he played the man well in his own zone and was an asset to his team's transitional game.

A native of Chalottesville, Virginia, Lachance attended Boston University where he became one of the top prospects in North America. He was chosen fourth overall by the New York Islanders in the Entry Draft before joining the U.S. national team. During the 1991-92 season, he solidified the team's blueline and helped his country win the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships and place fourth at the Albertville Olympics.

Following the Olympics, Lachance was impressive in the last 17 games of the regular season. He became a fixture on the New York defence for several years. Although his offensive totals were modest, his smooth skating and sound positional play made him an asset to the club. Lachance was chosen to represent the U.S. at the 1996 and 1997 World Championships and participated in the 1997 ANHL All-Star Game.

When the Islanders began to reconfigure their roster in the late 1990s, Lachance was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. He was a solid performer for his new club but left via free agency after the 1999-2000 season. Lachance signed with the Vancouver Canucks and was a stabilizing influence on the improved club in 2000-01. After two seasons on the West Coast, Lachance signed as a free-agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2002, and became a solid performer on the team's blue line.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 36 8 28 36 20
1989-90 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 34 25 41 66 62
1990-91 Boston University Terriers H-East 31 5 19 24 48
1990-91 United States WJC-A 8 2 1 3 2
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 36 1 10 11 34
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 1 4 5 0
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 0 1 1 6
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 17 1 4 5 9 +13
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 75 7 17 24 67 -1
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 74 3 11 14 70 -5 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 26 6 7 13 26 +2
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 55 3 10 13 54 -19
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 0 0 0 2
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 81 3 11 14 47 -7
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 0 2 2 4
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 63 2 11 13 45 -11
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 59 1 8 9 30 -19
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 1 1 2 11 -2
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 0 6 6 22 -4
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 3 11 14 46 +5 2 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 1 10 11 50 +15 6 1 1 2 4
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 0 1 1 46 -20
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 0 4 4 44 -23
2004-05
2005-06 Kloten Flyers Swiss 28 0 2 2 99 8 1 3 4 12
2006-07 Lowell Devils AHL 25 0 4 4 14 +2
NHL Totals 819 31 112 143 567 11 1 2 3 6


WJC-A All-Star Team (1991) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997) Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Montreal's 3rd round pick (Mattias Weinhandl) in 1999 NHL Draft, March 9, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 13, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 4, 2002.
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