Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lyle Odelein
A native of Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Lyle Odelein was an offensive and physical force in junior hockey with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors. He was taken 141st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft then gained two years of minor pro experience in the AHL and IHL. Odelein played 52 games for Montreal in 1990-91 and impressed with his stubborn refusal to back down against enemy skaters.

A rugged blueliner, Odelein was a tough, physical player in his own zone and was a mainstay on the Habs' blueline through the 1995-96 season. He was a key defender when the club won the Stanley Cup in 1993 and registered a career-high eleven goals the next season. Odelein was traded to the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 1996. Prior to joining the Devils for the 1996-97 season, the veteran blueliner played hard in two games for Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Odelein thrived in New Jersey's close checking and physical system. He was a fixture on their blueline until he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes late in the 1999-00 season. Odelein's stay in Phoenix was short lived as he joined the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-01. A durable defender, Odelein experience on the back end helped the team remain competitive in their first year. After 65 games with Columbus in 2001-02, Odelein was on the move again, this time joining the Chicago Blackhawks where he would play parts of two seasons before he was traded to the Dallas Stars in the late stages of the 2002-03 season.

After only five games with the Stars in 2002-03, Odelein joined the Florida Panthers later that summer and became one of the club's more durable players. Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Odelein was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2005. However, after only 27 games he injured his knee and underwent knee surgery in Febraury 2006. Odelein has not offically announced his retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Regina Pat Canadians SMHL 26 12 13 25 30
1985-86 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 67 9 37 46 117 13 1 6 7 34
1986-87 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 59 9 50 59 70 9 2 5 7 26
1987-88 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 63 15 43 58 166
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 33 3 4 7 120 3 0 2 2 5
1988-89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 36 2 8 10 116
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 0 2 2 33 -1
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 68 7 24 31 265 12 6 5 11 79
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 0 2 2 259 +7 12 0 0 0 54
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 1 7 8 212 +15 7 0 0 0 11
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 83 2 14 16 205 +35 20 1 5 6 30
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 11 29 40 276 +8 7 0 0 0 17
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 3 7 10 152 -13
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 3 14 17 230 +8 6 1 1 2 6
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 3 13 16 110 +16 10 2 2 4 19
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 4 19 23 171 +11 6 1 1 2 21
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 5 26 31 114 +6 7 0 3 3 10
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 1 15 16 104 -10
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 16 1 7 8 19 +1 5 0 0 0 16
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 3 14 17 118 -16
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 65 2 14 16 89 -28
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 0 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 1 25
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 7 4 11 76 +7
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 82 4 12 16 88 -7
2004-05
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 0 1 1 50 -10
NHL Totals 1056 50 202 252 2316 86 5 13 18 209


Brother of Selmar Traded to New Jersey by Montreal for Stephane Richer, August 22, 1996. Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey for Deron Quint and Phoenix's 3rd round choice (later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Beat Forster) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 7, 2000. Claimed by Columbus from Phoenix in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Traded to Chicago by Columbus for Jaroslav Spacek and Chicago's 2nd round choice (Dan Fritsche) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 19, 2002. Traded to Dallas by Chicago for Sami Helenius and Dallas's 7th round choice (Troy Brouwer) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Florida, September 9, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 2, 2005.