Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andre Lacroix
Andre Lacroix was a dangerous offensive player who enjoyed six solid years in the NHL. His most noteworthy scoring feats took place in junior and the WHA.

The native of Lauzon, Quebec spent the 1963-64 season with the Montreal Junior Canadiens before joining the Peterborough Petes. He led the OHA in assists twice and won the scoring title with 120 points in 1965-66. Lacroix began his pro career with the AHL's Quebec Aces and became the property of the expansion Philadelphia Flyers when the minor pro club was purchased in May 1967.

The talented centre impressed by scoring 14 points in 18 games during the 1967-68 season. The next year he scored 24 goals playing with Dick Sarrazin and Jean-Guy Gendron which began a string of three straight 20-goal performances. Early in the 1971-72 season, Lacroix was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks because the Flyers had Bobby Clarke, Bill Clement Eddie Joyal, Michel Parizeau and young Rick MacLeish waiting in the wings.

Prior to the 1972-73 season, Lacroix decided to try his luck with the Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA. He blossomed with a league leading 124 points and was named to the first all-star team. Lacroix proved he was no flash in the pan by leading the WHA with 80 assists in 1973-74 and topping the scoring parade with 147 points for the San Diego Mariners the next season. He also took part in the 1974 Summit Series versus the USSR and was selected to the WHA first all-star team in 1974 and 1975.

Lacroix topped the 100-point mark six times during the league's seven year existence. He retired in 1980 after returning to the NHL for 29 games as a member of the Hartford Whalers following the NHL/WHA merger.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 3 0 0 0 16
1961-62 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 2 0 0 0 4
1962-63 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 50 45 50 95 12 10 13 23 8
1963-64 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 34 12 18 30 13 17 8 13 21 8
1964-65 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 49 45 74 119 24 12 8 12 20 4
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 40 80 120 20 6 4 8 12 6
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 2 1 3 4 0
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 67 25 24 49 14 5 2 3 5 2
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 6 8 14 6 0 7 2 3 5 0
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 54 41 46 87 18
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 24 32 56 4 -12 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 22 36 58 14 -6
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 20 22 42 12 -9 4 0 2 2 0
1971-72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 51 4 7 11 6 +4 1 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Philadelphia Blazers WHA 78 50 74 124 83 4 0 2 2 18
1973-74 New York/New Jersey Knights WHA 78 31 80 111 54
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 8 1 6 7 6
1974-75 San Diego Mariners WHA 78 41 106 147 63 10 3 9 12 2
1975-76 San Diego Mariners WHA 80 29 72 101 42 11 4 6 10 4
1976-77 San Diego Mariners WHA 81 32 82 114 79 7 1 6 7 6
1977-78 Houston Aeros WHA 78 36 77 113 57 6 2 2 4 0
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 78 32 56 88 34 10 4 4 8 0
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 29 3 14 17 2 -6
NHL Totals 325 79 119 198 44 16 2 5 7 0


QJHL Rookie of the Year (1963)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1965, 1966)
OHA-Jr. MVP (1965, 1966)
WHA First All-Star Team (1973, 1974, 1975)
W. D. (Bill) Hunter Trophy (Scoring Leader - WHA) (1973, 1975)
NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Rick Foley, October 15, 1971. Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for cash, March, 1972. Transferred to Vancouver (WHA) after Philadelphia (WHA) franchise relocated, May, 1973. Traded to NY Raiders (WHA) by Vancouver (WHA) with Dan Herriman and WHA rights to Bernie Parent for Ron Ward and Pete Donnelly, June, 1973. Transferred to San Diego (WHA) after New York-Jersey (WHA) franchise relocated, April 30, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Houston (WHA) after San Diego (WHA) franchise folded, May 30, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA) after Houston (WHA) franchise folded, July, 1978. Traded to New England (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for future considerations, August, 1978. Rights retained by Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.
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