Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Leon Rochefort
Leon Rochefort played his junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores of the OHA from 1957 to 1959. As property of the New York Rangers, the right winger turned pro in their chain with the Trois-Rivieres Lions of the EPHL. The move marked the beginning of a lengthy career that was divided into two phases.

The first phase spanned the years leading up to the NHL's first major expansion in 1967. During that time, Rochefort performed primarily as a minor leaguer in the Rangers' and Canadiens' organizations. Each year he was called up from the American League to perform some spot duty as a roster substitute at the NHL level.

His best season came during the 1966-67 campaign while with the Habs when he picked up 16 points in 27 games. He also stuck around for the playoffs, making it all of the way to the finals before bowing out to the Leafs.

The second and more productive phase of Rochefort's career came with his selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. His first full season with the club proved to be the best of his career when he garnered 42 regular-season points plus a couple of goals in the playoffs. But from then on, his play leveled off to that of an NHL journeyman.

After his second season with the Flyers, Rochefort found himself falling into a pattern of changing NHL clubs every one or two years. First he put in a season with the Kings, then another with the Canadiens. They in turn sent him to the Red Wings in 1970-71. A year and a half later, he was on the move to the Atlanta Flames who made use of his veteran services until 1974. It was at that time that the aging winger made his final NHL stop with the Vancouver Canucks. He was good for about a year and a half before he was demoted to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL. He completed the 1975-76 campaign and then retired for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1954-55 Trois-Rivieres Kitner QAAA 20 15 21 36
1955-56 Trois-Rivieres Lions QJHL
1956-57 Trois-Rivieres Lions QJHL
1957-58 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 52 17 18 35 19
1958-59 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 54 16 19 35 16 10 8 4 12 4
1959-60 Trois-Rivieres Lions EPHL 70 27 22 49 35 4 0 0 0 9
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 65 20 18 38 33 7 3 1 4 14
1961-62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 69 33 27 60 29
1962-63 New York Rangers NHL 23 5 4 9 6
1962-63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 50 14 20 34 12
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Quebec Aces AHL 71 27 25 52 14 9 4 3 7 2
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 2 0 2 0
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 41 18 21 39 12 5 0 3 3 6
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 2 4
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 71 35 37 72 12 6 5 3 8 0
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 27 9 7 16 6 10 1 1 2 4
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 8 3 2 5 2
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 21 21 42 16 -1 7 2 0 2 2
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 14 21 35 10 -7 3 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 9 23 32 14 -30
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 5 10 15 4 +11 10 0 0 0 6
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 10 1 6 7 0
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 17 12 29 10 +1
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 2 4 6 2 0
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 54 9 18 27 10 -4
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 56 10 12 22 13 -12
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 18 11 29 2 -5 5 0 2 2 0
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 0 3 3 0 -4
1975-76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 60 25 40 65 2 9 2 5 7 6
NHL Totals 617 121 147 268 93 39 4 4 8 16


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1968) Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers with Dave Balon, Len Ronson and Gump Worsley for Phil Goyette, Don Marshall and Jacques Plante, June 4, 1963. Claimed by Philadelphia from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Philadelphia with Don Blackburn for Reggie Fleming, June 6, 1969. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Dennis Hextall for Real Lemieux, June 9, 1969. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles with Wayne Thomas and Gregg Boddy for Larry Mickey, Lucien Grenier and Jack Norris, May 22, 1970. Traded to Detroit by Montreal for Kerry Ketter and cash, May 25, 1971. Traded to Atlanta by Detroit for Bill Hogaboam, November 28, 1972. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta for cash, October 4, 1974.
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