Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lou Franceschetti
Hearing the name Lou Franceschetti brings to mind such words as "work ethic," "physical play," "checking," "fighting," "creating havoc"?all tools of a trade that kept him employed in pro hockey for 18 seasons and counting.

He began his pro career with the Washington Capitals organization who picked him up from the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA in 1979. Before finally making his debut with the Caps in 1981-82, Franceschetti apprenticed in the IHL and the AHL for three seasons.

Over his eight years with Washington, he made frequent trips to the minors, skating for the Hershey Bears, the Binghamton Whalers, and the Baltimore Skipjacks.

Franceschetti's most productive season came when he put on a Leafs jersey in 1989-90, scoring 23 goals and 15 assists. From then on, though, his output waned as he completed his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1991.

And although his big-league days are through, Franceschetti continues to be a well-traveled man around the world of hockey. Since 1992, he has played and coached in New Haven, Rochester, Jacksonville, Detroit, Minnesota, London and Nashville. He has also tried his hand at roller hockey, playing for the Toronto Planets and coaching the Phoenix Cobras and the Buffalo Stampede of the Roller Hockey International League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Toronto Nationals ON-Jr.B 17 12 11 23 27
1975-76 St. Catharines Black Hawks OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 61 23 30 53 80
1977-78 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 62 40 50 90 46
1978-79 Saginaw Gears IHL 2 1 1 2 0
1978-79 Port Huron Flags IHL 76 45 58 103 131 7 3 10 13 20
1979-80 Port Huron Flags IHL 15 3 8 11 31
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 65 27 29 56 58 14 6 9 15 32
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 79 32 36 68 173 10 3 7 10 30
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 30 2 10 12 23 -4
1981-82 Hershey Bears AHL 50 22 33 55 89
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 80 31 44 75 176 5 1 2 3 16
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2 3 0 0 0 8
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 73 26 34 60 130
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 22 4 7 11 45 +1 5 1 1 2 15
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 52 29 43 72 75
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 76 7 14 21 131 -4 8 0 0 0 15
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 75 12 9 21 127 -9 7 0 0 0 23
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 59 4 8 12 113 +2 4 0 0 0 14
1987-88 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 2 4 6 4
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 63 7 10 17 123 -4 6 1 0 1 8
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 10 8 7 15 30
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 21 15 36 127 -12 5 0 1 1 26
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 1 1 2 30 -2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 1 7 8 28 +2 6 1 0 1 2
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1991-92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 25 6 7 13 59
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 49 15 25 40 64 15 3 5 8 31
1992-93 Jacksonville Bullets SunHL 4 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Detroit Falcons ColHL 2 1 1 2 6
1994-95 HC Selva Val Gardena Italy-2
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 4 1 0 1 12 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 London Blues ColHL 37 14 41 55 64 5 0 5 5 16
1995-96 Nashville Knights ECHL 18 5 13 18 39 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 459 59 81 140 747 44 3 2 5 111


Traded to Toronto by Washington for Toronto's 5th round choice (Mark Ouimet) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 29, 1989. Traded to Buffalo by Toronto with Brian Curran for Mike Foligno and Buffalo's 8th round choice (Tomas Kucharcik) in 1991 Entry Draft, December 17, 1990.