Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean-Guy Lagace
Defenceman Jean-Guy Legace spent six years as a role player for three different NHL clubs. He was a solid positional player with decent mobility who could take a turn killing penalties or playing the power play.

Born in L'Abord A Plouffe, Quebec, Legace spent a year at Laval College before playing a few games for the Montreal Junior Canadiens in 1964-65. He turned pro in the IHL with the Muskegon Zephyrs/Mohawks but had too many players ahead of him on the Montreal Canadiens' depth chart.

In November 1968, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Larry Hillman and played 17 games that year. He was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1970 Expansion Draft and played three games there in 1970-71 but was chiefly a minor leaguer during this period.

Following a trade in January 1971, he was reacquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins but was initially relegated to the AHL. He split the 1972-73 season between the Pens and the Hershey Bears before playing 31 games and battling injuries the next year. Legace played solidly during the first half of the 1974-75 before he and goalie Denis Heron were traded to the expansion Kansas City Scouts. The next year he provided defensive stability and grit while appearing in a career-high 69 games. He was a regular on the WHA's Birmingham Bulls in 1976-77 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Laval College QUAA 18 14 21 35
1964-65 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 4 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Muskegon Zephyrs IHL 66 10 33 43 163 4 0 0 0 8
1966-67 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 72 14 25 39 162
1967-68 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 65 14 48 62 157 9 2 5 7 42
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 0 1 1 14 -8
1968-69 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 49 9 19 28 96
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 68 7 21 28 138 4 1 2 3 2
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
1970-71 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 19 1 15 16 61
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 39 2 13 15 83
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 61 11 30 41 117 4 0 0 0 8
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 1 5 6 32 -8
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 37 7 14 21 54
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 2 6 8 34 -12
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 27 1 8 9 39 +5
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 6 0 7 7 8
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 19 2 9 11 22 -20
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 69 3 10 13 108 -38
1976-77 Birmingham Bulls WHA 78 2 25 27 110
NHL Totals 197 9 39 48 251


Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal with cash for Larry Hillman, November 22, 1968. Claimed by Minnesota from Pittsburgh in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed by Buffalo from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo for Terry Ball, January 24, 1971. Selected by LA Sharks (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Kansas City by Pittsburgh with Denis Herron for Michel Plasse, January 10, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after LA Sharks (WHA) franchise folded, September, 1976.