Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Duchesne
In 1982-83, Steve Duchesne played for the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs and scored 21 points as a rookie. The following season, he upped his totals to 35 points and in final season in 1984-85 established a career high 81 points on 22 goals and 59 assists. In 1985-86, the Sept-Iles, Quebec turned pro with the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks and went on to score 14 goals and 49 points as an AHL rookie.

Duchesne signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings on October 1, 1984. Two seasons later, he made his NHL debut on October 11 against the Islanders. Just four nights later, he scored his first goal against the Detroit Red Wings. In his rookie season he dressed for 75 games, scoring 13 goals and 38 points and was named an All-Rookie Team defenceman. In 1987-88, Duchesne had 55 points and followed that up the following year with 75 points to lead all Kings' defensemen in scoring and was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game.

On May 30, 1991, Duchesne was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and that season, he led all Flyers' defencemen in scoring with 18 goals and 38 assists for 56 points.

Duchesne was traded again in 1992, in what will go down in NHL history as one of the biggest deals ever. He, along with Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, the rights to Peter Forsberg, a first-round draft pick, cash and future considerations was moved to the Québec Nordiques for Eric Lindros. The deal obviously had an immediate impact on the Nordiques as the club improved 52 points to make the playoffs for the first time in six years. It also marked the third time Duchesne was selected to the mid-season All-Star Game.

On January 23, 1994, Duchesne was traded to the St. Louis Blues and not too long after, on August 4, 1995, Duchesne was traded yet again, this time to the Ottawa Senators.

Duchesne always seemed to gravitate to Los Angeles, and greatly enjoyed his time with the Kings, so he re-signed with them as a free agent in July 1998, but after just 60 games, his second tour of duty ended in L.A. when he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in his career.

Duchesne was a free agent signing with the Detroit Red Wings in the fall of 1999. He played in his 1,000th career game on October 15, 2000 and went on to play three seasons with the Wings and realized a life long dream of winning the Stanley Cup in his final year in 2002.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 66 5 16 21 75
1983-84 Wawa Travellers OHA-B 10 9 23 32 9
1983-84 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 1 34 35 79 10 3 7 10 17
1984-85 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 65 22 59 81 94 6 4 7 11 8
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 75 14 35 49 76 5 0 2 2 9
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 13 25 38 74 +8 5 2 2 4 4
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 16 39 55 109 0 5 1 3 4 14
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 25 50 75 92 +31 11 4 4 8 12
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 20 42 62 36 -3 10 2 9 11 6
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 21 41 62 66 +19 12 4 8 12 8
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 38 56 86 -7
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 82 20 62 82 57 +15 6 0 5 5 6
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 12 19 31 14 +1 4 0 2 2 2
1993-94 Canada WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 12 26 38 36 +29 7 0 4 4 2
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 12 24 36 42 -23
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 1 3 4 4
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 19 28 47 38 -9 7 1 4 5 0
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 14 42 56 32 +9 10 0 4 4 6
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 4 19 23 22 -6
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 2 5 7 2 0 6 0 2 2 2
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 10 31 41 42 +12 9 0 4 4 10
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 6 19 25 48 +9 6 2 4 6 0
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 3 15 18 28 +3 23 0 6 6 24
NHL Totals 1113 227 525 752 824 121 16 61 77 96


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1985)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1987) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989, 1990, 1993)
Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, October 1, 1984. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles with Steve Kasper and Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Aris Brimanis) in 1991 Entry Draft for Jari Kurri and Jeff Chychrun, May 30, 1991. Traded to Quebec by Philadelphia with Peter Forsberg, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993 Entry Draft, $15,000,000 and future considerations (Chris Simon and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (later traded to Toronto - later traded to Washington - Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 Entry Draft, July 21, 1992) for Eric Lindros, June 30, 1992. Traded to St. Louis by Quebec with Denis Chasse for Garth Butcher, Ron Sutter and Bob Bassen, January 23, 1994. Traded to Ottawa by St. Louis for Ottawa's 2nd round choice (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Cory Sarich) in 1996 Entry Draft, August 4, 1995. Traded to St. Louis by Ottawa for Igor Kravchuk, August 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 2, 1998. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles for Dave Babych and Philadelphia's 5th round choice (Nathan Marsters) in 2000 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 3, 1999.
Officially announced retirement October 20 , 2002.