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A native of Cornwall, Ontario, Lalonde earned his nickname by working in a local newsprint plant as a youth. He excelled at his two chosen sports and made his debut in organized hockey with Cornwall in 1905. This squad was known as the "Sweepers" because the players cleared the ice in lieu of renting it. Lalonde next moved to Woodstock, in southwestern Ontario, where his outstanding play at center caught the attention of several scouts.

Unexpected to Newsy, an offer came from the Sault Ste. Marie franchise in the International Hockey League, the first professional circuit in North America. The team across the river in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan tried to obtain his services, but the Canadian Soo matched the American offer and kept the young star in town. In 1907 Lalonde joined the Toronto club of the newly formed Ontario Professional Hockey League. This was where he first gained wide attention by winning the scoring race with 29 goals in only nine matches. The Toronto squad captured the inaugural OPHL crown that year but lost out to the Montreal Wanderers in the Stanley Cup challenge.

Lalonde played a second year in Toronto before moving closer to his roots to suit up for the newly formed Montreal Canadiens National Hockey Association franchise in 1910. Partway through the season he was traded to the Renfrew Millionaires, but this only enhanced his performance. On March 11, 1910, he scored nine goals in one game, an NHA record that was never beaten and only equaled by Tommy Smith. He also won the league's inaugural scoring title.

In 1911-12, Lalonde headed west to play with the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, where he led the league with 27 goals. The next year he returned to the Canadiens and won another NHA scoring championship. His offensive gifts were a significant factor behind the franchise's first Stanley Cup title in 1915-16.

Lalonde remained with the Canadiens when the club joined the NHL in 1917-18. His scoring continued and he led all NHL scorers in 1918-19 and 1920-21. On January 19, 1920, he scored six goals in one game.

After a falling out with Canadiens owner Leo Dandurand, he was traded to the Saskatoon Sheiks for Aurel Joliat in a move that benefited both parties. In his first year in Saskatchewan, playing coach Lalonde added the Western Canada Hockey League scoring title to his list of accomplishments.

Lalonde returned to the NHL as coach of the New York Americans in 1927. He also coached the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens before leaving the game for good in 1935. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.

Career Statistics
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1904-05 Cornwall Athletics OHA-Jr.
1904-05 Cornwall Hockey Club FAHL 2 1 0 1
1905-06 Woodstock Seniors OHA-Sr. 7 8 0 8
1906-07 Canadian Soo IHL 18 29 4 33 27
1906-07 Cobalt Silver Kings TPHL
1907-08 Portage-la-Prairie MHL-Pro 1 0 0 0 0
1907-08 Toronto Professionals OPHL 9 32 0 32 37
1907-08 Toronto Professionals St-Cup 1 2 0 2 0
1907-08 Haileybury Hockey Club TPHL 1 3 0 3 0
1908-09 Toronto Professionals OPHL 11 29 0 29 79
1908-09 Montreal Nationals X-Games 1 5 0 5 0
1909-10 Les Canadiens (Montreal) NHA 1 2 0 2 3
1909-10 Les Canadiens (Montreal) NHA 6 16 0 16 40
1909-10 Renfrew Hockey Club NHA 5 22 0 22 16
1910-11 Montreal Canadiens NHA 16 19 0 19 54
1911-12 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 15 27 0 27 60
1911-12 PCHA All-Stars Exhib. 3 5 0 5 11
1912-13 Montreal Canadiens NHA 13 9 5 14 52
1913-14 Montreal Canadiens NHA 14 22 5 27 34 1 0 0 0 2
1914-15 Montreal Canadiens NHA 7 4 3 7 17
1915-16 Montreal Canadiens NHA 24 28 6 34 78
1915-16 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 3 0 3 41
1916-17 Montreal Canadiens NHA 18 28 7 35 61 1 1 0 1 23
1916-17 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 4 1 0 1 24
1917-18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 23 7 30 51 2 4 2 6 17
1918-19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 23 10 33 40 5 11 2 13 15
1918-19 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 5 6 0 6 3
1919-20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 37 9 46 34
1920-21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 33 10 43 36
1921-22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 9 5 14 20
1922-23 Saskatoon Sheiks WCHL 29 30 4 34 44
1923-24 Saskatoon Crescents WCHL 21 10 10 20 24
1924-25 Saskatoon Crescents WCHL 22 8 6 14 42 2 0 0 0 4
1925-26 Saskatoon Crescents WHL 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2
1926-27 New York Americans NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1927-28 Quebec Castors Can-Am 1 0 0 0 0
1928-29 Niagara Falls Cataracts Can-Pro
NHL Totals 99 125 41 166 183 7 15 4 19 32
Esso hockey medals of achievement