Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Loiselle
Centre Claude Loiselle was an explosive scorer in junior who played solid defence in order to be a factor in the NHL. The hard-working forward could contribute on offense and work the power play but he also used his speed and hockey sense to kill penalties and shut down the top players on the opposition.

Loiselle played Junior B with the Gloucester Rangers before joining the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. He was chosen 23rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1981 while he was in the midst of accumulating 291 career points with the Spits. Loiselle spent his first four years as a pro working on his game in Detroit as well as with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings.

The young forward was granted an opportunity to play full time in the NHL after he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Tim Higgins. Loiselle was a versatile two-way forward for three years in Jersey before he was acquired by the Quebec Nordiques. He killed penalties and forechecked effectively for the Nords before he was picked up on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs in March 1991.

Loiselle played a solid defensive role on Toronto in 1991-92 but was traded to the New York Islanders late in the season. He was a decent checker on his new club before retiring after playing 17 games in 1993-94.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Gloucester Rangers ON-Jr.A 50 21 38 59 26
1980-81 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 68 38 56 94 103 11 3 3 6 40
1981-82 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 36 73 109 192 9 2 10 12 42
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 1 0 1 2 -2
1982-83 Windsor Spitfires OHL 46 39 49 88 75
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 2 0 2 15 -14
1982-83 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 1 7 8 0 6 2 4 6 0
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 4 6 10 32 +4
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 29 13 16 29 59
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 30 8 1 9 45 -5 3 0 2 2 0
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 47 22 29 51 24
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 7 15 22 142 -27
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 21 15 11 26 32 16 5 10 15 38
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 16 24 40 137 -7
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 68 17 18 35 121 +7 20 4 6 10 48
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 7 14 21 209 -10
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 11 14 25 104 -27
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 59 5 10 15 86 -20
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 1 1 2 2 0
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 6 9 15 102 -21
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 11 1 1 2 13 -3
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 41 5 3 8 90 -5 18 0 3 3 10
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 17 1 1 2 49 -2
NHL Totals 616 92 117 209 1149 41 4 11 15 58


Traded to New Jersey by Detroit for Tim Higgins, June 25, 1986. Traded to Quebec by New Jersey with Joe Cirella and New Jersey's 8th round choice (Alexander Karpovtsev) in 1990 Entry Draft for Walt Poddubny and Quebec's 4th round choice (Mike Bodnarchuk) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 17, 1989. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Quebec, March 5, 1991. Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Daniel Marois for Ken Baumgartner and Dave McLlwain, March 10, 1992.
Suffered career-ending knee injury in game vs. Dallas, November 24, 1993.