Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Francois Lacombe
Defenceman Francois Lacombe played parts of four NHL seasons with three different clubs. Most of his pro career was spent in the WHA.

Born in Montreal, Quebec Lacombe played amateur hockey with the Lachine Maroons of the QJHL and the OHA's Montreal Junior Canadiens. In May 1968 the Canadiens prospect was sent to the Oakland Seals where he looked solid while dressing for all 72 games as an NHL rookie. After spending most of the 1969-70 season in the minors Lacombe was traded back to Montreal along with the well-known draft pick that was used to choose Guy Lafleur. Later that day the young blueliner was chosen by the Buffalo Sabres in the Expansion Draft.

After bouncing around the minors for a couple of years Lacombe signed with the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA. He spent six of the next seven seasons there while spending a year with the Calgary Cowboys. In 1977 he helped Quebec win the Avco Cup then was on hand in 1979-80 when the team joined the NHL. Lacombe played most of that season with the Syracuse Firebirds of the AHL before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Lachine Maroons MMJHL 40 2 14 16 70
1966-67 Lachine Maroons MMJHL
1966-67 Thetford Mines Canadiens M-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 51 1 10 11 59 11 0 3 3 4
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 72 2 16 18 50 -10 3 1 0 1 0
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1969-70 Providence Reds AHL 70 9 16 25 64
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 1 2 -2
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 70 11 39 50 89
1971-72 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 11 2 3 5 22
1971-72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 19 3 5 8 26
1971-72 Cincinnati Swords AHL 35 4 10 14 26 10 1 6 7 20
1972-73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 62 10 18 28 123
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 71 9 26 35 41
1974-75 Maine Nordiques NAPro 4 0 3 3 12
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 55 7 17 24 54 15 0 2 2 14
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 71 3 28 31 62 8 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 81 5 22 27 86 17 4 3 7 16
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 22 1 7 8 12 10 1 4 5 2
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 78 3 21 24 44 4 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -1
1979-80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 50 3 26 29 34 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 78 2 17 19 54 3 1 0 1 0


Traded to Oakland by Montreal with Michel Jacques to complete transaction that sent Wally Boyer to Montreal (May 21, 1968), June, 1968. Traded to Montreal by California with cash and California's 1st round choice (Guy Lafleur) in 1971 Amateur Draft for Ernie Hicke and Montreal's 1st round choice (Chris Oddleifson) in 1970 Amateur Draft, May 22, 1970. Claimed by Buffalo from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Selected by Alberta (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Quebec (WHA) by Alberta (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1972. Claimed by Calgary (WHA) from Quebec (WHA) in WHA Intra-League Draft, May 19, 1975. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Calgary (WHA) for future considerations, August, 1976. Rights retained by Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.