Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark LaForest
Goaltender Mark LaForest was a reserve with six NHL clubs in the 1980s and '90s. His greatest success came in the minors, especially the AHL.

Born in Welland, Ontario, LaForest was a junior standout in the OHL with the Niagara Falls Flyers and North Bay Centennials. In April 1983, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings and gained valuable seasoning with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.

In 1985-86, the youngster toiled admirably during 28 appearances behind the last place Wings' woeful defence. He enjoyed a fine season in the minors with Adirondack in 1986-87 when he led the AHL with three shutouts and won the Baz Bastien Memorial trophy as the top goalie in the league. Laforest was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June 1987 and went on to play 21 games the next year in relief of Ron Hextall. After the club acquired Ken Wregget, Laforest was deemed expendable and was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs on the eve of the 1989-90 season.

During the 1989-90 season, Laforest split the Toronto goaltending chores with Allan Bester and Jeff Reese. He posted a decent 3.89 goals against mark on a team that was only concerned with scoring goals. Laforest was traded to the New York Rangers in the off-season and recorded consecutive 25-win seasons for Binghamton of the AHL in 1991 and 1992. In 1991, he was named to the league's second all-star team and won another Baz Bastien trophy. He was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the 1992 Expansion Draft and played five games for the club in 1993-94. Laforest continued to ply his trade in the minors and retired after playing a few games for Utica Blizzard of the Colonial League in 1997-98.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1980-81 Welland Cougars ON-Jr.B 22 0 5.56
1981-82 Welland Cougars ON-Jr.B 20 3 3.00
1981-82 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 24 10 13 1 1 4.62 5 1 2 0 3.80
1982-83 North Bay Centennials OHL 54 34 17 1 0 3.73 8 4 4 0 3.92
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 7 3 3 1 0 4.96
1983-84 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 13 4 5 2 1 4.01
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 11 2 3 1 0 4.88
1984-85 Mohawk Valley Stars ACHL 8 0 8.57
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 4 21 0 1 4.95
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 19 13 5 1 0 2.99 17 12 5 0 3.24
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 2 1 0 0 3.29
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 37 23 8 0 3 2.83
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 5 9 2 1 3.70 2 1 0 0 1.25
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 5 2 1 2 0 2.52
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 5 7 2 0 4.12
1988-89 Hershey Bears AHL 3 2 0 0 0 2.92 12 7 5 1 2.18
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 9 14 0 0 3.89
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 10 6 4 0 1 3.28
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 45 25 14 2 0 3.16 9 3 4 1 3.80
1991-92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 43 25 15 3 1 3.42 11 7 4 0 3.08
1992-93 New Haven Senators AHL 30 10 18 1 1 4.30
1992-93 Brantford Smoke ColHL 10 5 3 1 1 3.72
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 5 0 2 0 0 5.60
1993-94 P.E.I. Senators AHL 43 9 25 5 0 4.09
1994-95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 42 19 13 7 2 3.17 15 8 7 2 2.56
1995-96 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 26 20 7 0 3.72 5 2 3 0 3.42
1996-97 Binghamton Rangers AHL 9 0 4 1 0 3.97
1996-97 Utica Blizzard ColHL 6 1 2 2 0 5.95
NHL Totals 103 25 54 4 2 4.22 2 1 0 0 1.25


Brother of Bob
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Outstanding Goaltender - AHL) (1987, 1991)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1991)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, April 29, 1983. Traded to Philadelphia by Detroit for Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (Bob Wilkie) in 1987 Entry Draft, June 13, 1987. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia for Toronto's 5th round choice (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Juha Ylonen) in 1991 Entry Draft and Philadelphia's 7th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Andrei Lomakin) in 1991 Entry Draft, September 8, 1989. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto with Tie Domi for Greg Johnston, June 28, 1990. Claimed by Ottawa from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992.