Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Lapointe
Born in Ville St-Pierre, Quebec, Martin Lapointe starred in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League with the Lac St-Louis Lions before graduating to the QMJHL.

A fiery competitor and offensive threat for the Laval Titan for three years, Lapointe was chosen in the first round, 10th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Highlights of his amateur days included leading all playoff scorers for Laval in 1993 and named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team. Lapointe was also named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team twice and the Second All-Star Team once and represented his country at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 World Junior Championships.

During his first two pro seasons, Lapointe spent a fair bit of time with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL as well as Detroit. He was a part- time player when the club reached the Stanley Cup finals and then became a regular the next season. Lapointe's commitment to checking and battling in the corners put him in coach Scotty Bowman's good graces. His style of play was an integral part of the team's consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 1997 and 1998. He even turned on the offense in the repeat season with nine post-season goals.

In the spring of 2000, Lapointe represented his homeland at the World Championships and by the 2000-01 season, he was needed on offense for the Wings as the club reconfigured its line up. He scored a personal-high 20 goals and helped Detroit finish with the second-highest regular season point total in the league.

After eleven seasons in Detroit, Lapointe decided to test the free agent market and signed with the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2001. Upon his arrival in Boston, Lapointe has continued his gritty play, despite missing several games due to injury. In 2003-04, Lapointe played in his 700th career game and surpassed the 300-point plateau before being acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2005.

As a member of the Blackhawks, Lapoint suited up for every game over his first two years and was named an alternative captain with the club in 2005-06. In 2007-08, he appeared in 52 games with the Blackhawks before the veteran was dealt at the NHL trading deadline to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 42 39 45 84 46 3 6 2 8 4
1989-90 Laval Titan QMJHL 65 42 54 96 77 14 8 17 25 54
1989-90 Laval Titan M-Cup 4 1 1 2 4
1990-91 Laval Titan QMJHL 64 44 54 98 66 13 7 14 21 26
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 0 3 3 2
1991-92 Laval Titan QMJHL 31 25 30 55 84 10 4 10 14 34
1991-92 Canada WJC-A 7 4 1 5 10
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 1 1 5 +2 3 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 8 2 2 4 4
1992-93 Laval Titan QMJHL 35 38 51 89 41 13 13 17 30 20
1992-93 Canada WJC-A 7 5 4 9 6
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
1992-93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 8 1 2 3 9
1992-93 Laval Titan M-Cup 5 1 8 9 11
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 8 8 16 55 +7 4 0 0 0 6
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 28 25 21 46 47 4 1 1 2 8
1994-95 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 39 29 16 45 80
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 4 6 10 73 +1 2 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 6 3 9 93 0 11 1 2 3 12
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 16 17 33 167 -14 20 4 8 12 60
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 15 19 34 106 0 21 9 6 15 20
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 16 13 29 141 +7 10 0 2 2 20
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 16 25 41 121 +17 9 3 1 4 20
1999-00 Canada WC-A 3 0 0 0 4 0
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 27 30 57 127 +3 6 0 1 1 8
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 68 17 23 40 101 +12 6 1 2 3 12
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 59 8 10 18 87 -19 5 1 0 1 14
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 78 15 10 25 67 -5 7 0 0 0 14
2004-05
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 14 17 31 106 -30
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 13 11 24 98 -14
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 3 4 7 47 -3
2007-08 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 3 3 6 23 -2 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 991 181 200 381 1417 108 19 24 43 202


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1990, 1993)
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1990)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1991)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1993)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 2, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 3, 2005. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Ottawa's 6th round pick (Ben Smith) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 26, 2008.
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