Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Lesuk
Left-winger Bill Lesuk was a competent role player who played nearly 400 NHL games on five different teams. A top scorer in junior, he also enjoyed a solid career in the WHA.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Lesuk played four years of junior with the Weyburn Red Wings. When he turned pro, the Bruins were deep at forward and assigned him to the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers and the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Lesuk was given a better chance at playing in the NHL when he was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Intra-League Draft in June 1970.

Playing with Jim Johnson and Serge Bernier, Lesuk scored 17 goals in 1970-71. In January 1972, he was part of the package sent to the L.A. Kings for Ross Lonsberry and Bill "Cowboy" Flett. He was a decent role player on the West Coast for two and a half years before he was traded to the Washington Capitals as they prepared for their first season. Lesuk killed penalties and shadowed the best forwards on the opposition as he attempted to stop the bleeding during the Caps' horrid debut in 1974-75.

After his experience in 1975-76, Lesuk fled the NHL for the WHA's Winnipeg Jets. He remained with the club through its first NHL season after the two leagues merged in 1979-80 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 62 12 18 30 78 8 4 2 6 18
1964-65 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 55 25 33 58 73 15 3 11 14 28
1965-66 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 60 36 40 76 111 18 6 10 16 40
1965-66 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 4 1 0 1 4
1966-67 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 56 36 46 82 62 5 0 5 5 4
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 67 14 10 24 53 7 3 3 6 0
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 1 1 0 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 64 17 30 47 46 12 0 4 4 8
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Hershey Bears AHL 70 20 20 40 82 7 5 4 9 10
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 17 19 36 81 -5 4 1 0 1 8
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 7 6 13 31 -14
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 4 10 14 14 +2
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 6 14 20 90 -2
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 35 2 1 3 32 -4 2 0 0 0 4
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 79 8 11 19 77 -34
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 81 15 21 36 92 13 2 2 4 8
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 14 27 41 85 18 2 1 3 22
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 80 9 18 27 48 9 2 5 7 12
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 17 15 32 44 10 1 3 4 6
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 49 0 1 1 43 -15
1979-80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 9 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 388 44 63 107 368 9 1 0 1 12


SJHL Second All-Star Team (1966) SJHL First All-Star Team (1967) Traded to Boston by Detroit with Gary Doak, Ron Murphy and future considerations (Steve Atkinson, June 6, 1966) for Leo Boivin and Dean Prentice, February 16, 1966. Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with Jim Johnson and Serge Bernier for Bill Flett, Eddie Joyal, Jean Potvin, and Ross Lonsberry, January 28, 1972. Selected by Alberta (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Washington by Los Angeles for cash, July 28, 1974. WHA rights traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1975.