Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Luce
Don Luce was a superior defensive centre and penalty killer who could score and work the power play. His strong two-way play and work on face offs aided all five teams on which he played, especially the Buffalo Sabres.

Luce played junior with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHA. He was chosen 14th overall by the New York Rangers at the 1966 Amateur Draft then spent two years developing with the CHL's Omaha Knights. The young pivot registered consecutive 20-goal seasons for Omaha and was placed on the CHL first all-star team. He played briefly with the Rangers at the end of the 1969-70 season and the beginning of the next before he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. Luce was a solid checker the rest of the year with his new club but did not fit into their long-range plans.

Luce was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in May 1971 and went on to become one of the top defensive centres and penalty killers in the game. His finest year was 1974-75 when he scored 33 goals, including eight shorthanded, while forming one of the best number-two lines in the NHL with Craig Ramsay and Danny Gare. That spring, he scored 16 points and provided stellar two way work as Buffalo reached the Stanley Cup finals. Following the season, Luce was presented the Bill Masterton trophy. In all, Luce hit the 20-goal mark six times and scored 25 times when killing penalties.

The veteran forward was moved to the L.A. Kings in March 1971 as Buffalo started to make changes. Prior to the 1981-82 season, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played his last 39 games before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 47 16 19 35 71 19 4 12 16 20
1966-67 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 48 19 42 61 94 13 7 9 16 35
1967-68 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 54 24 70 94 88 19 4 8 12 42
1968-69 Omaha Knights CHL 72 22 34 56 56 7 3 4 7 11
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 64 22 35 57 82 2 1 2 3 4
1969-70 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 2 3 8 -2 5 0 1 1 4
1970-71 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 1 1 0 0
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 3 11 14 18 -6
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 11 8 19 38 -18
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 18 25 43 32 +7 6 1 1 2 2
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 26 31 57 44 +3
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 33 43 76 45 +61 16 5 8 13 19
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 21 49 70 42 +37 9 4 3 7 6
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 26 43 69 16 +38 6 3 1 4 2
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 26 35 61 24 +32 8 0 2 2 6
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 26 35 61 14 +20 3 1 1 2 0
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 14 29 43 30 +22 14 3 3 6 11
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 15 13 28 19 +14
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 1 0 1 2 -4 4 0 2 2 2
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 4 4 8 32 -7
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 2 1 0 1 4 10 2 5 7 8
NHL Totals 894 225 329 554 364 71 17 22 39 52


CHL First All-Star Team (1970)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1975) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975)
Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Steve Andrascik, November 2, 1970. Traded to Buffalo by Detroit with Mike Robitaille for Joe Daley, May 25, 1971. Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo for Los Angeles' 6th round pick (Jacob Gustavsson) in 1982 NHL Draft, March 10, 1981. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles for Bob Gladney and Toronto's 6th round pick (Kevin Stevens) in 1983 NHL Draft, August 10, 1981.
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