Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nathan LaFayette
Centre Nathan Lafayette was a role player on four different clubs in the 1990s. A prolific scorer in junior with some international experience, his career never took off the way many scouts anticipated.

Born in New Westminster, B.C., Lafayette scored 112 goals in four years of junior in the OHL. He was chosen 65th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1991 Entry Draft and was named the Canadian Major Junior Scholastic player of the year in 1992. The young forward's finest year as an amateur came in 1992-93 when he scored 49 goals for the Newmarket Royals and helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

In 1993-94, Lafayette played 38 games for the Blues and skated briefly with the IHL's Peoria Rivermen. Prior to the March deadline, he was included as part of the package sent to the Vancouver Canucks for Craig Janney. The young forward fit in well with his new club and registered nine points while helping Vancouver reach the Stanley Cup finals.

After playing 27 games for the Canucks in 1995, Lafayette was sent to the New York Rangers who had been impressed with his work the previous spring. He played only a few games for the Blueshirts who struggled to regain their form of the previous year. In March 1996, he was included in a major deal with the L.A. Kings that was centred around Ray Ferraro and Jari Kurri. Lafayette was a decent role player on the west coast for parts of four seasons and also saw time in the AHL and IHL. He retired in 1999 after splitting the season between the Kings and the Long Beach Ice Dogs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Toronto Marlboros MTHL 69 38 68 106 24
1988-89 Pickering Panthers ON-Jr.B 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 53 6 8 14 14 7 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 35 13 13 26 10
1990-91 Cornwall Royals OHL 28 16 22 38 25
1991-92 Cornwall Royals OHL 66 28 45 73 26 6 2 5 7 15
1992-93 Newmarket Royals OHL 58 49 38 87 26 7 4 5 9 19
1992-93 Canada WJC-A 7 3 1 4 0
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 2 3 5 14 -9
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 27 13 11 24 20
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 1 1 2 4 +2 20 2 7 9 4
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 27 9 9 18 10
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 4 4 8 2 +2
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 12 0 0 0 0 +1 8 0 0 0 2
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
1995-96 Binghamton Rangers AHL 57 21 27 48 32
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 2 4 6 6 -3
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 15 1 3 4 8 -8
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 31 2 5 7 16
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 26 14 11 25 18 3 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 34 5 3 8 32 +2 4 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 28 7 8 15 36 +2
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 33 2 2 4 35 0
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 41 9 13 22 24 -6 7 1 0 1 8
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 42 7 15 22 33 0
NHL Totals 187 17 20 37 103 32 2 7 9 8


Canadian Major Junior - Scholastic Player of the Year (1992) Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Jeff Brown and Bret Hedican for Craig Janney, March 21, 1994. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver for Corey Hirsch, April 7, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Ray Ferraro, Mattias Norstrom, Ian Laperriere and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla, March 14, 1996.