Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- J.P. LeBlanc
Centre Jean-Paul LeBlanc played briefly with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks in the 60s and 70s. He was a decent playmaker and face-off man who could also battle successfully for the puck in the corners.

Born South Durham, Quebec, and the Chicago Black Hawks' prospect played junior hockey with St. Catharines of the OHA. He scored 19 goals as a rookie pro with the CHL's Dallas Black Hawks in 1967-68. Apart from a six-game recall to Chicago in 1968-69, he was a fine two-way performer in the minors through the 1971-72 season. In 1972 he was named to the CHL second all-star team after leading the league with 68 assists.

The clever forward spent three years in the WHA with the LA Sharks and Michigan Stags. Prior to the 1975-76 season Leblanc was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings for a draft pick. He was a decent role player for two years and formed a solid trio with Bill Lochead and Danny Grant. By the late 70s he was spending most of his time in the CHL with the Kansas City Red Wings and was named to the league's first and second all-star team once each. LeBlanc retired in 1981 after playing two years with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings. He then spent the 1981-82 season as the coach of the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 22 9 15 24 6
1965-66 Shawinigan Bruins QJHL 26 13 13 26 30
1966-67 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 48 18 26 44 73 6 1 1 2 23
1966-67 Columbus Checkers IHL 2 1 0 1 2
1966-67 St. Louis Braves CPHL 1 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 66 19 31 50 83 5 1 0 1 2
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6 1 2 3 0 +1
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 67 18 34 52 82 11 2 5 7 35
1969-70 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 68 28 35 63 138
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 11 0 4 4 22
1970-71 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 57 13 31 44 61 9 3 5 8 7
1971-72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 70 22 68 90 117 12 6 7 13 21
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 77 19 50 69 49 6 0 5 5 2
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 20 46 66 58
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 78 16 33 49 100
1975-76 Denver/Ottawa Civics WHA 15 1 5 6 25
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 4 9 13 39 -5
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 7 11 18 40 -16
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 2 2 4 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 65 20 35 55 42
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 2 6 8 4 -7
1978-79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 53 20 33 53 72 4 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 75 16 42 58 69 4 1 1 2 2
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 77 12 36 48 106 17 5 7 12 27
NHL Totals 153 14 30 44 87 2 0 0 0 0


CHL Second All-Star Team (1972, 1979)
CHL First All-Star Team (1978)
Selected by Los Angeles in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Signed as a free agent by Michigan (WHA) after Los Angeles (WHA) franchise folded, April 11, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for Detroit's 2nd round pick (Jean Savard) in 1977 Amateur Draft, November 20, 1975.
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