Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Normand Lacombe
After entering the league as a highly-touted prospect, right-winger Normand Lacombe was a solid role player on three different teams in the 1980s and '90s. He was a fine skater who could win battles for the puck but did not possess a big-league scoring touch.

Born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Lacombe was projected to be an above average power forward after two excellent years with the University of New Hampshire. In 1992-93, he scored 43 points in 35 games and was placed on the ECAC second all-star team. That summer he was taken 10th overall at the Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Lacombe made a fairly respectable transition to the pros with the AHL's Rochester Americans in 1983-84. Over the next three seasons he split his time between the NHL and minor leagues. The solid winger tantalized the Sabres' brass with occasional flashes of brilliance. In the end, the club's patience expired and he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers at the March deadline in 1987.

Edmonton sent Lacombe to their AHL affiliate for the rest of the 1986-87 season but he earned a fourth line spot out of training camp the next season. He later scored three goals to help the club win its fourth Stanley Cup in five years. In 1988-89, Lacombe scored a personal-high 17 goals but was no longer in the team's plans by the next fall. He was shipped to the Philadelphia Flyers for future considerations and battled injuries in 1989-90. He played a useful grinding role the next year but was forced to retire due to chronic exertional compartment syndrome, a condition causing intense pain and irritation in the shins after playing or practicing.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 42 20 33 53 40 5 4 4 8 0
1980-81 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 47 36 59 95 48 6 3 4 7 16
1981-82 U. of New Hampshire ECAC 35 18 16 34 38
1982-83 U. of New Hampshire ECAC 35 18 25 43 48
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 44 10 16 26 45
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 30 2 4 6 25 -3
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 33 13 16 29 33 5 3 1 4 4
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 6 7 13 13 +9
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 32 10 13 23 56
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 39 4 7 11 8 -9
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 13 6 5 11 4
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 10 3 5 8 4 5 1 1 2 6
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 8 9 17 36 -3 19 3 0 3 28
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 17 11 28 57 +2 7 2 1 3 21
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 5 2 7 21 +4
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 0 2 2 7 0
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 11 20 31 27 -1
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 11 1 4 5 16
NHL Totals 319 53 62 115 196 26 5 1 6 49


ECAC Rookie of the Year (1982)
ECAC Second All-Star Team (1983)
Traded to Edmonton by Buffalo with Wayne Van Dorp and Buffalo's 4th round pick (Peter Eriksson) in 1987 NHL Draft for Lee Fogolin, Mark Napier and Edmonton's 4th round pick (John Bradley) in 1987 NHL Draft, March 6, 1987. Traded to Philadelphia by Edmonton for future considerations, January 5, 1990.
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