Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lee Norwood
Lee Norwood was a hard-nosed defenceman who could also join in on offense when necessary. His physical style was of use to seven different teams during a career that lasted over 500 regular season games.

Born in Oakland, California, Norwood grew up in the Detroit suburb of Trenton and eventually ventured to Canada for top amateur competition. He spent the 1977-78 season with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques before spending two years in the OHA with the Oshawa Generals. After scoring 23 goals for the Gens in 1978-79, Norwood was selected 62nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the NHL Entry Draft. He played a handful of games with the Nords but spent most of his first two pro seasons in the minors. After a trade to Washington, he played sparingly on his new club before spending nearly three full seasons in the minors. In 1984-85 he scored 77 points for the IHL's Peoria Rivermen and was named to the IHL first all-star team and named the league's top defenceman.

Following a trade to the St. Louis Blues, "Hack's" NHL career began to improve. Under coach Jacques Demers, he thrived playing a physical role and working the point on the second power play unit. In the post-season he was particularly effective with nine points in 19 games as the Blues came within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

When Demers signed to coach the Red Wings in 1986-87, he made a point of trading for Norwood. The veteran played over four seasons in Motown and helped the club reach the semi-finals in 1987 and 1988. He was particularly effective when partnered with Gilbert Delorme. In November 1990, Norwood was sent to the New Jersey Devils for speedy forward Paul Ysebaert. The veteran provided stability on the Jersey blueline and helped the team reach the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Norwood began the 1991-92 season in Hartford but was reacquired by the Blues early in the season as defensive insurance. He struggled with injuries in 1992-93 then played 16 games for the Calgary Flames in 1993-94 before retiring. After a year away from the game, Norwood returned in 1995-96 and played two years in the IHL and Colonial League before hanging up his skates for good in 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 51 3 17 20 83
1978-79 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 61 23 38 61 171 5 2 2 4 17
1979-80 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 60 13 39 52 143 6 2 7 9 15
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 11 1 1 2 9 -3 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 52 11 32 43 78 8 0 4 4 14
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 0 0 0 2 +1
1981-82 Fredericton Express AHL 29 6 13 19 74
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 26 7 10 17 125 +7
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 1 1 14 -3
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 67 12 36 48 90 5 0 1 1 2
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 75 13 46 59 91 7 0 5 5 31
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen IHL 80 17 60 77 229 18 1 11 12 62
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 5 24 29 134 +7 19 2 7 9 64
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 6 21 27 163 -23 16 1 6 7 31
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 0 3 3 0
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 9 22 31 131 +4 16 2 6 8 40
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 10 32 42 100 +6 6 1 2 3 16
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 8 14 22 95 +14
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 3 7 10 50 +6
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 28 3 2 5 87 -1 4 0 0 0 18
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 0 0 0 16 0
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 44 3 11 14 94 +14 1 0 1 1 0
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 3 7 10 63 -5
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 16 0 1 1 16 +3
1993-94 San Diego Gulls IHL 4 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 1 11
1994-95
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 21 2 6 8 26
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 27 3 11 14 26 5 0 3 3 6
1996-97 Saginaw Lumber Kings ColHL 12 3 3 6 8
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons IHL 12 0 6 6 10 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 503 58 153 211 1099 65 6 22 28 171


IHL First All-Star Team (1985)
Governors' Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman - IHL) (1985)
Traded to Washington by Quebec with Quebec's 6th round pick (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Mats Kihlstrom) in 1982 NHL Draft for Tim Tookey and Washington's 7th round pick (Daniel Poudrier) in 1982 NHL Draft, February 1, 1982. Traded to Toronto by Washington for Dave Shand, October 6, 1983. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 13, 1985. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for Larry Trader, August 7, 1986. Traded to New Jersey by Detroit with Detroit's 4th round pick (Scott McCabe) in 1992 NHL Draft for Paul Ysebaert, November 27, 1990. Traded to Hartford by New Jersey for Hartford's 5th round pick (John Guirestante) in 1993 NHL Draft, October 3, 1991. Traded to St. Louis by Hartford for St. Louis' 5th round pick (Nolan Pratt) in 1993 NHL Draft, November 13, 1991.
Missed remainder of 1992-93 season and majority of 1993-94 due to ankle injury vs. Detroit, January 21, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, October 22, 1993.
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