Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Lambert
Despite being a highly-skilled high scoring defenseman during his Junior days with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western League, and being named the Most Valuable Player of the Memorial Cup Tournament, Dan Lambert wasn't drafted until the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft because the defenseman stands just five foot eight and many questioned his durability and toughness.

Lambert, who was finally selected by the Quebec Nordiques, turned professional n 1990 and split his time between the International Hockey League's Fort Wayne Comets and the American League's Halifax Citadels, but he also played a single game in the NHL.

The Nordiques suited Lambert up for one game during his rookie pro season but he was unable to earn any ink on the score sheet. However, the next year, he was given much more of an opportunity in Quebec. The diminutive blue liner was able to post 31 points in 47 games with the Citadels but also earned 28 games with the Nordiques. He was able to score six goals and 15 points for Quebec while compiling 22 minutes in penalties. Despite producing well for the Nords as a rookie, the team traded him in the summer to Winnipeg for tough guy Shawn Cronin.

With the Jets Lambert was sent to the minors and not given a chance to build on his rookie success in the NHL. Frustrated at not getting an opportunity to play in the big league's Lambert was intrigued by an offer to play in Europe instead during the 1993-94 season.

His friend Darren Boyko was a star for HIFK Helsinki and he urged the team to bring Lambert in as an import player. When he contributed just a goal and two assists in 13 games the club decided to go in another direction and Lambert returned to North America and the Fort Wayne Comets.

Over the next five years, Lambert played in the IHL where he managed to become a solid offensive defenseman and served as the captain of the Long Beach Ice Dogs. During this stretch he was twice named an All-Star and also received the Governor's Trophy as the league's top defenseman. In 1999 he decided to give Europe another shot and signed on to join the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League. After a season there he joined the Krefeld Penguins where he excelled in 2001-02 by finishing sixth in team scoring and first among defenseman with 11 goals and 43 points in 56 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Warroad Warriors High-MN 21 14 22 36 10
1986-87 Swift Current Broncos WHL 68 13 53 66 95 4 1 1 2 9
1987-88 Swift Current Broncos WHL 69 20 63 83 120 10 2 10 12 45
1988-89 Swift Current Broncos WHL 57 25 77 102 158 12 9 19 28 12
1988-89 Swift Current Broncos M-Cup 5 2 6 8 12
1989-90 Swift Current Broncos WHL 50 17 51 68 119 4 2 3 5 12
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 30 7 13 20 20
1990-91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 49 10 27 37 65 19 4 10 14 20
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 1 2 3 4
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 28 6 9 15 22 -5
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 47 3 28 31 33
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 73 11 30 41 100 5 1 2 3 2
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Finland 13 1 2 3 8
1993-94 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 62 10 27 37 138 18 3 12 15 20
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 70 6 19 25 95 5 0 5 5 10
1995-96 Los Angeles Ice Dogs IHL 81 22 65 87 121
1996-97 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 71 15 50 65 70 18 2 8 10 8
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 81 19 59 78 112 +22 17 3 14 17 16
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 50 17 36 53 91 +7 8 0 6 6 12
1999-00 Kolner Haie Germany 50 9 16 25 52 10 1 3 4 10
2000-01 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 48 8 18 26 60
2001-02 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 56 11 32 43 58 1 1 0 1 0
2002-03 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 51 9 30 39 68 14 1 6 7 26
2003-04 Hamburg Freezers Germany 47 10 22 32 42 11 0 6 6 4
2004-05 Hannover Scorpions Germany 50 7 24 31 68
2005-06 Hannover Scorpions Germany 49 9 14 23 114 10 0 1 1 20
2006-07 Hannover Scorpions Germany 47 3 29 32 100 6 0 4 4 8
2007-08 Hannover Scorpions Germany 49 10 22 32 73 3 0 0 0 2
2008-09 Hannover Scorpions Germany 41 4 12 16 32 11 0 4 4 8
NHL Totals 29 6 9 15 22


WHL East First All-Star Team (1989, 1990)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1989)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (1989)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1996)
IHL First All-Star Team (1998)
Governor's Trophy (IHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1998)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1999)
Traded to Winnipeg by Quebec for Shawn Cronin, August 25, 1992.
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