Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan LaCouture
Born in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Dan LaCouture was a standout player at Natick Academy and with the Springfield Pics of the NAJHL. Drafted 29th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, LaCouture spent a year at Boston University before making his professional debut during the 19997-98 season.

In August 1997 the young forward was traded by the Islanders to the Edmonton Oilers and spent his first full pro season as a member of the team's AHL affiliate in Hamilton. LaCouture played most of the next two seasons in the AHL and was recalled to the Oilers as an injury replacement on occasion. After playing 37 games with Oilers, LaCouture was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins towards the end of the 2000-01 season.

Upon his arrival in Pittsburgh, LaCouture added energy and a physical presence in the corners for the Pens and became one of the team's more durable players in 2001-02, playing in all 82 regular season games. The Hyannis, Massachusetts native spent the better part of the 2002-03 season with the Pens, however with the team looking to cut payroll, LaCouture was dealt to the New York Rangers.

The Massachusetts native went to play parts of two seasons with the Rangers organization before being acquired by the Boston Bruins. LacCouture's stint with the Bruins was short lived as he would sign with the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2006. In his only season with the Devils, LacCouture spent a handful of games with the club and toiled in the AHL for 39 games. In the off-season he was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks.

On the international stage, LaCouture represented his homeland at the 2002 World Championships.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Natick Redmen High-MA 20 38 34 72 46
1993-94 Natick Redmen High-MA 21 52 49 101 58
1994-95 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 52 44 56 100 98
1995-96 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 29 24 35 59 79 13 12 13 25 23
1996-97 Boston University Terriers H-East 31 13 12 25 18
1997-98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 15 10 25 31 -2 5 1 0 1 0
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 +1
1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 72 17 14 31 73 -5 9 2 1 3 2
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 70 23 17 40 85 -11 6 2 1 3 0
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 2 4 6 29 -2
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 0 0 0 14 0 5 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 6 11 17 71 -19
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 2 2 4 0 -1
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 2 2 4 72 -8
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 4 5 0 +4
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 2 7 82 -13
2004-05 Providence Bruins AHL 64 12 15 27 52 +9 6 1 1 2 4
2005-06 HC Davos Swiss 4 2 1 3 4
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 55 2 2 4 53 -6
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 0 0 0 7 0
2006-07 Lowell Devils AHL 39 8 3 11 33 0
2007-08 HC Lugano Swiss 15 1 1 2 18
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 11 2 0 2 10 -1
2008-09 Albany River Rats AHL 12 1 5 6 4 -5
2008-09 Barys Astana KHL 12 2 1 3 51 3 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Providence Bruins AHL 9 1 0 1 2 -3
2010-11 Lorenskog IK Norway 30 16 13 29 18
NHL Totals 337 20 25 45 348 6 0 0 0 2


Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders for Mariusz Czerkawski, August 25, 1997. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for Sven Butenschon, March 13, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh with Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev and Janne Laukkanen for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson, February 10, 2003. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Providence (AHL), November 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Providence (AHL), December 31, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Davos (Swiss), October 19, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 24, 2005. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 18, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), January 22, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, October 6, 2008. Suspended by Carolina, December 29, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Astana (KHL), January 4, 2009. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Providence (AHL), November 19, 2009. Released by Providence (AHL), January 5, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Lorenskog (Norway), September. 2010.
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