Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Grant Ledyard
Ledyard played junior with the Fort Garry Blues and Saskatoon Blades and then signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 1982. He began his pro career in the CHL as a fine playmaking defenceman on the Tulsa Oilers. In 1984, he was presented the Bob Gassoff Award as the most improved defenceman in the league.

Ledyard split the 1984-85 season between the AHL and the Rangers. Following the Blueshirts' elimination from the first round of the playoffs, the young rearguard joined Team Canada at the 1985 World Championships. Part-way through the 1985-86 season, Ledyard was traded to the L.A. Kings. In 1986-87, he scored a career-high 14 goals and joined the Washington Capitals the next year. Late in the 1988-89 season, Ledyard was traded to the Buffalo Sabres where he found a home as a defensive leader on the club for over four years.

In August 1993, Ledyard sought stability by signing a long-term deal as a free agent with the Dallas Stars. In 1993-94, he scored 46 points and helped to quarterback the power play. He remained with the Stars for three more years as they became a league power. Beginning in 1997-98 Ledyard toiled briefly for Vancouver, Boston, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Dallas a second time within a four-year period.

Ledyard would return to the Tampa Bay Lightning for his last season in 2000-01. Ledyard competed for the Brantford Blast for a pair of sesasons before retiring from the game in 2003-04.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Fort Garry Blues MJHL 49 13 24 37 90
1980-81 Saskatoon Blades WHL 71 9 28 37 148
1981-82 Fort Garry Blues MJHL 63 25 45 70 150
1982-83 Tulsa Oilers CHL 80 13 29 42 115
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 58 9 17 26 71 9 5 4 9 10
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 42 8 12 20 53 +8 3 0 2 2 4
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 36 6 20 26 18
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 3 0 1 1 0
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 27 2 9 11 20 -7
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 52 7 18 25 78 -22
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 0 2 2 10
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 14 23 37 93 -40 5 0 0 0 10
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 23 1 7 8 52 -7
1987-88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 3 2 1 3 4
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 21 4 3 7 14 -4 14 1 0 1 30
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 61 3 11 14 43 +1
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 5 6 8 +1 5 1 2 3 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 13 15 37 +2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 8 23 31 46 +13 6 3 3 6 10
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 5 16 21 45 -4
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 2 14 16 45 -2 8 0 0 0 8
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 5 0 2 2 8
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 84 9 37 46 42 +7 9 1 2 3 6
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 38 5 13 18 20 +6 3 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 73 5 19 24 20 -15
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 67 1 15 16 61 +31 7 0 2 2 0
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 2 13 15 14 -2
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 22 2 7 9 6 -2 6 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 47 4 8 12 33 -8 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 40 2 4 6 8 -3 6 0 0 0 16
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 2 2 4 12 -5
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 8 0 1 1 4 +3 9 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 53 1 3 4 12 -5
2002-03 Brantford Blast OHA-Sr. 6 0 4 4 0
2003-04 Brantford Blast OHA-Sr. 16 2 12 14 20
NHL Totals 1028 90 276 366 766 83 6 12 18 96


Bob Gassoff Trophy (Most Improved Defenseman - CHL) (1984) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 7, 1982. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Roland Melanson for Los Angeles' 4th round choice (Mike Sullivan) in 1987 Entry Draft and Brian MacLellan, December 9, 1985. Traded to Washington by Los Angeles for Craig Laughlin, February 9, 1988. Traded to Buffalo by Washington with Clint Malarchuk and Washington's 6th round choice (Brian Holzinger) in 1991 Entry Draft for Calle Johansson and Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Byron Dafoe) in 1989 Entry Draft, March 7, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 12, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 17, 1997. Traded to Boston by Vancouver for Boston's 8th round choice (Curtis Valentine) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 3, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, November 16, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, January 31, 2001. Traded to Dallas by Tampa Bay for Dallas' 7th round choice (Jeremy Van Hoof) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 13, 2001.
Officially announced his retirement October 20, 2002.