Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lucien DeBlois
Lucien DeBlois was one of the top junior Canadian hockey stars of the mid 1970s so it was no surprise when he was selected eighth overall by the New York Rangers in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft.

DeBlois had a four-year major junior career with the Sorel Black Hawks of the QMJHL. As a 16-year-old, he played in 56 games, scoring 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points in 1973-74. He followed that up the next year with 46 goals and 53 assists for 99 points in 72 games. Playing in 70 games in 1975-76, DeBlois poured in 56 goals while picking up 55 assists for a 111-point season. By now he had caught the attention of many professional scouts. In his final junior year, DeBlois was ever bit as dominant an offensive performer as he'd been the previous years. He again collected 56 goals and increased his assists total to 78, giving him an impressive 131 points for the year.

Despite also being selected in the first round, ninth overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA, DeBlois had always dreamed of playing in the NHL. He suited up for 71 games with the Rangers and scored 22 goals and eight assists for a 30-point rookie campaign.

After a disappointing offensive sophomore year, which saw him score just six goals for the Rangers, he was sent to the Colorado Rockies early in the 1979-80 season. He had seasons with 24 and 26 goals on a very bad team.

The year 1981 began a three-year stint with the Winnipeg Jets. During the 1983-84 season, DeBlois registered his best offensive season in the league, scoring 34 times while assisting on 45 others for a 79-point total in a full 80-game season.

DeBlois joined his fourth NHL team in the fall of 1984, signing with the Montreal Canadiens. He remained there for two seasons and helped the Habs to victory over the Calgary Flames in the 1986 Stanley Cup championship.

The next stop for DeBlois was a second tour of duty with the New York Rangers, the club that drafted him nine years earlier. This time around DeBlois had legitimate playing time, playing in more than 70 games in two of the three seasons. But by now it was evident that his offensive skills were eroding. He managed to score just 18 goals in 147 games.

DeBlois then played for a little more than a season with the Nordiques, the other team that drafted him while they were an organization in the now-defunct WHA. In his single full season with Quebec, DeBlois scored nine goals and added eight assists.

Early in the 1990-91 season he was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the league's worst teams at the time. DeBlois got off to a quick start, scoring ten goals and 12 assists in 38 games. However, he could only muster eight goals after 58 games the following season before being shipped back to Winnipeg late in early 1992. His NHL career would come to an end following a short eleven-game stint in Manitoba.

DeBlois retired having played in 993 NHL games, scoring 249 goals and 276 assists for 525 points and one Stanley Cup ring. DeBlois is now a pro scout with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 56 30 35 65 53 13 6 5 11 7
1974-75 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 72 46 53 99 62
1975-76 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 70 56 55 111 102 5 1 1 2 32
1976-77 Sorel Eperviers QMJHL 72 56 78 134 111
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 71 22 8 30 27 -11 3 0 0 0 2
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 62 11 17 28 26 -10 9 2 0 2 4
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 7 4 6 10 6
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 6 3 1 4 7 -1
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 70 24 19 43 36 -18
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 74 26 16 42 78 -42
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 3 0 3 4
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 65 25 27 52 87 -10 4 2 1 3 4
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 27 27 54 69 -25 3 0 0 0 5
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 34 45 79 50 -15 3 0 1 1 4
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 12 11 23 20 +9 8 2 4 6 4
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 14 17 31 48 +3 11 0 0 0 7
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 40 3 8 11 27 -7 2 0 0 0 2
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 74 9 21 30 103 -3
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 73 9 24 33 107 -6 4 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 70 9 8 17 45 -29
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 2 2 4 13 +1
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 10 12 22 30 -4
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 8 11 19 39 -3
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 11 1 2 3 2 +1 5 1 0 1 2
NHL Totals 993 249 276 525 814 52 7 6 13 38


QMJHL East First All-Star Team (1976)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1977)
QMJHL - MVP (1977)
Traded to Colorado by NY Rangers with Pat Hickey, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations (Bobby Crawford, January 15, 1980) for Barry Beck, November 2, 1979. Traded to Winnipeg by Colorado for Brent Ashton and Winnipeg's 3rd round pick (Dave Kasper) in 1982 NHL Draft, July 15, 1981. Traded to Montreal by Winnipeg for Perry Turnbull, June 13, 1984. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 8, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Quebec, August 2, 1989. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Aaron Broten and Michel Petit for Scott Pearson and Toronto's 2nd round picks in 1991 (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Eric Lavigne) and 1992 (Tuomas Gronman) NHL Drafts, November 17, 1990. Traded to Winnipeg by Toronto for Mark Osborne, March 10, 1992.
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