Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Lessard
Defenceman Rick Lessard played a handful of games with the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks in the 80s and 90s. He was a hard-nosed competitor who played the body and could pass the puck fairly well.

Born in Timmins, Ontario, Lessard spent for years providing grit on the Ottawa 67's of the OHA. He was claimed 142nd overall by the Flames in 1986 then returned for two more years of junior. The young rearguard played six games for Calgary when it dominated the Campbell Conference in 1988-89. He spent most of the next three years earning his stripes with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL. In 1989 he was voted on to the IHL first all-star team after recording 52 points and 239 penalty minutes.

In May, 1991, Lessard was picked by the San Jose Sharks in the Expansion Draft. He played eight games for the Sharks in 1991-92 but spent most of the year helping the Kansas City Blades win the IHL's Turner Cup. He then spent the next two years bouncing around the minors before retiring in 1994.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Timmins Golden Bears NOHA 60 13 41 54 78
1984-85 Ottawa 67's OHL 60 2 13 15 128 5 1 4 5 10
1985-86 Ottawa 67's OHL 64 1 20 21 231
1986-87 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 5 36 41 188 11 1 7 8 30
1987-88 Ottawa 67's OHL 58 5 34 39 210 16 1 0 1 31
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 1 1 2 -2
1988-89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 76 10 42 52 239 14 1 6 7 35
1989-90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 66 3 18 21 169 10 1 2 3 64
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 1 1 0 -1
1990-91 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 80 8 27 35 272 4 0 1 1 12
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 8 0 2 2 16 -4
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 46 3 16 19 117 3 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 6 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 52 0 17 17 151
1993-94 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 5 1 0 1 10
1993-94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 31 1 2 3 110
1993-94 Rochester Americans AHL 8 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 15 0 4 4 18


IHL First All-Star Team (1989) Claimed by San Jose from Calgary in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by San Jose for Robin Bawa, December 15, 1992.