Stephane Lebeau was an offensive centre who dominated in junior and the minors. He spent seven years in the NHL and was able to shed the close checking to register three 20-goal seasons.
Born in St. Jerome, Quebec, Lebeau was a scoring star for four years with the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataracts. He led the league with 94 goals in 1987-88 and was selected to the league's second all-star team twice. He signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens and proceeded to tear up the AHL. He led the league with 70 goals and 134 points in 1988-89 and found a formidable offensive partner in Benoit Brunet. Lebeau was placed on the league's first all-star team and presented the Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the top rookie in the AHL.
The talented pivot scored 35 points as a rookie in 1989-90, but coach Pat Burns was not thrilled with his play away from the puck. Over the next two years, he reached the 20-goal mark but truly blossomed with 80 points under Jacques Demers in 1992-93. That spring, he scored six points in the post-season while helping the Habs win the Stanley Cup. The following year, he was first used sparingly and then traded to Anaheim for goalie Ron Tugnutt. After scoring 24 points for the Ducks in the lockout-shortened season in 1995, Lebeau ventured overseas to play in Switzerland with the HC La Chaux-de-Fonds and Ambri-Piotta.