Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Lacroix
Eric Lacroix has been an industrious left-winger since making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-94. He earned respect throughout the league for his tenacious work in the corners and his unselfish commitment to defensive hockey.

The Montreal native was selected 136th overall by Toronto after playing a year with the Dummer Prep school in 1989-90. He then accepted a scholarship to St. Lawrence University where he played for two years. Lacroix was a solid competitor on the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs for two years and impressed the Toronto brass during a two-game playoff stint in 1994. A few months later, Cliff Fletcher raised a few eyebrows by including the industrious forward in a multi-player trade with the L.A. Kings that involved mostly minor leaguers.

Lacroix emerged as a solid grinder on the Kings over the next two years and was sought as a role player by the powerful Colorado Avalanche. The defending Stanley Cup champions thought enough of Lacroix that they gave up goalie Stephane Fiset in return. Lacroix scored 34 goals during his two years in Denver, played solid defense and causing traffic in front of the net on the power play.

In 1998-99, the rugged forward played with the Avalanche, Kings, and Rangers in a very tiring year. He perfomed a checking role for a year and a half for the Blueshirts before he was acquired by the Ottawa Senators at the March deadline in 2001.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Governor Dummer Academy High-MA 25 23 18 41
1990-91 St. Lawrence University ECAC 35 13 11 24 35
1991-92 St. Lawrence University ECAC 34 11 20 31 40
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 76 15 19 34 59 9 5 3 8 4
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 59 17 22 39 69 11 5 3 8 6
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 25 7 1 8 31
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 9 7 16 54 +2
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 16 16 32 110 -11
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 18 18 36 26 +16 17 1 4 5 19
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 15 31 84 0 7 0 0 0 6
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 0 0 0 2 -2
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 0 1 1 12 -5
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 30 2 1 3 4 -5
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 8 12 24 -12
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 46 2 3 5 39 -6
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 1 1 4 0 4 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 472 67 70 137 361 30 1 5 6 25


Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto with Chris Snell and Toronto's 4th round pick (Eric Belanger) in 1996 NHL Draft for Dixon Ward, Guy Leveque, Kelly Fairchild and Shayne Toporowski, October 3, 1994. Traded to Colorado by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Martin Skoula) in 1998 NHL Draft for Stephane Fiset and Colorado's 1st round pick (Mathieu Biron) in 1998 NHL Draft, June 20, 1996. Traded to Los Angeles by Colorado for Roman Vopat and Los Angeles' 6th round pick (later traded to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Martin Prusek) in 1999 NHL Draft, October 29, 1998. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Sean Pronger, February 12, 1999. Traded to Ottawa by NY Rangers for Colin Forbes, March 1, 2001.
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