Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yvon Lambert
Yvon Lambert first gained professional notoriety after an outstanding season with the Drummondville Rangers of the QMJHL in 1969-70. But it was not the Canadiens who had taken note, it was the Detroit Red Wings who secured his rights in the Entry Draft of that year.

But the Wings let the hefty winger slip away to the Habs in a reverse draft the following year while Lambert was in the service of the Port Huron Flags of the IHL. In 1971-72, the Canadiens placed him with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL. There he put up average results until his second year with the club. Suddenly, Yvon Lambert arrived in professional hockey. He won the league scoring title and led his team to a Calder Cup victory.

At about the same time, several key skaters with the Habs jumped to the WHA. Suddenly the club was in need of some hitting power up front. Lambert's profile made for a perfect fit. He joined the Canadiens in 1973-74 and attained only modest results. But in year two, he established himself as the power forward the club had desired. He was soon billed as the French John Ferguson -- a hard-as-nails, rugged performer who excelled in the corners and in front of the net during power plays. He hooked up with Doug Risebrough and Mario Tremblay to form "The Kid Line." The trio formed a superb collective with a finely tuned balance between great defensive play and an ability to score points.

During his eight seasons with the Habs, Lambert reveled in four Stanley Cup victories. In 1981, the Buffalo Sabres claimed the unprotected Lambert in the waiver draft. He joined the club as the experienced veteran type who could assist in the development of the club's younger forwards. During his final NHL campaign, he skated with Alan Haworth and J.F. Sauve.

The following year, he jumped to the minors where he completed his playing career with the Rochester Americans in 1984. After a brief stint of coaching the Verdun Junior Canadiens, Lambert left hockey to work in the public relations department of the Canadiens' organization.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Drummondville Rangers QJHL
1969-70 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 52 50 51 101 89 6 7 4 11 16
1970-71 Port Huron Flags IHL 65 23 18 41 81 14 8 1 9 32
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 67 18 21 39 116 15 4 4 8 28
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 76 52 52 104 84 13 9 9 18 32
1973-74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 6 10 16 42 +5 5 0 0 0 7
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 74 +26 11 4 2 6 0
1975-76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 32 35 67 28 +10 12 2 3 5 18
1976-77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 24 28 52 50 +30 14 3 3 6 12
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 18 22 40 20 +10 15 2 4 6 6
1978-79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 26 40 66 26 +30 16 5 6 11 16
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 21 32 53 23 +3 10 8 4 12 4
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 22 32 54 39 +7 3 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 25 39 64 38 +22 4 3 0 3 2
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 79 26 22 48 10 12 2 4 6 2
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 79 27 43 70 14 18 8 11 19 2
1984-85 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL
NHL Totals 683 206 273 479 340 90 27 22 49 67


QJHL - Rookie of the Year (1969)
AHL First All-Star Team (1973)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL - Leading Scorer) (1973)
Claimed by Montreal from Detroit (Port Huron-IHL) in Reverse Draft, June 9, 1971. Claimed by Buffalo from Montreal in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1981.
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