Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Lever
Left-winger Don Lever was strong at both ends of the ice during a career that lasted 1,020 games. He was useful killing penalties and working the power play and registered nine 20-goal seasons.

Born in South Porcupine, Ontario Lever accumulated 197 points in two years with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA. He was selected third overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the 1972 Amateur Draft and went on to be a stalwart on the club for nearly eight full seasons. He was also named to the OHA first all-star team in 1972.

The talented forward hit the 20-goal mark six times in Vancouver and played for Canada at the 1978 World Championships. His best season was 1974-75 when he scored 38 goals playing on a line with Andre Boudrias and Dennis Ververgaert. That year, he was a key factor behind the club's first place finish in the Smythe Division with 86 points. The likeable veteran was also the club's captain from 1977 to 1979.

After years of missing the playoffs or accomplishing very little when they qualified, the Canucks started making changes in 1979-80. The experienced forward was sent to the Atlanta Flames in the deal that also involved Ivan Boldirev and Darcy Rota. Lever was on hand when the Flames transferred to Calgary and reached the semi-finals in 1981. The next year, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies and went through a second franchise shift when the club became the New Jersey Devils in 1982-83. Before leaving Denver, he made his only appearance at the NHL All-Star Game as the Rockie's representative. Lever was a solid two-way worker on the weak Devils for three years and served briefly as team captain beginning in 1982. He later joined the Buffalo Sabres as a part-time player before retiring in 1987.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 2 0 1 1 4
1970-71 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 59 35 36 71 112
1971-72 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 63 61 65 126 69 6 3 1 4 45
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 12 26 38 49 -27
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 23 25 48 28 -16
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 38 30 68 49 -13 5 0 1 1 4
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 25 40 65 93 -2 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 27 30 57 28 -8
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 17 32 49 58 -29
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 4 3 7 4
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 23 21 44 17 -41 3 2 1 3 2
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 51 21 17 38 32 -13
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 28 14 16 30 4 +5 4 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 62 26 31 57 56 +21 16 4 7 11 20
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 23 8 11 19 6 -14
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 59 22 28 50 20 -10
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 23 30 53 68 -35
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 14 19 33 44 -21
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 67 10 8 18 31 -29
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 7 1 8 6 -5
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 29 6 11 17 16
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 3 2 5 4 -3
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 57 29 25 54 69 18 4 3 7 14
1987-1990 Buffalo Sabres NHLMGNT
1990-1993 Rochester Americans AHL
1993-2002 Buffalo Sabres NHLMGNT
2002-2003 St. Louis Blues NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 1020 313 367 680 593 30 7 10 17 26


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1972)
OMJHL MVP (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982)
Traded to Atlanta by Vancouver with Brad Smith for Ivan Boldirev and Darcy Rota, February 8, 1980. Transferred to Calgary after Colorado franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Colorado by Calgary with Bob MacMillan for Lanny McDonald and Colorado's 4th round choice (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Mikko Makela) in 1983 Entry Draft, November 25, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Rights traded to Buffalo by New Jersey for cash, September 9, 1985.
Named Assistant Coach by St. Louis, June 25, 2002.