Lucien DeBlois

Joseph Lucien Jean Gonzague DeBlois (born June 21, 1957) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right wing / centre.

Lucien DeBlois
Born (1957-06-21) June 21, 1957
Joliette, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
Winnipeg Jets
Montreal Canadiens
Quebec Nordiques
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1977
New York Rangers
WHA Draft 9th overall, 1977
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 19771992

Career

Born in Joliette, Quebec, DeBlois was selected in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers in the first round, eighth overall. He was chosen over Mike Bossy by Rangers' general manager John Ferguson, Sr. because "Bossy didn't check enough for the NHL."[1] DeBlois was a top Canadian major junior player in the mid-seventies, where he tallied excellent numbers with the Sorel Black Hawks. He also won the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as the league MVP during his last junior season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In his National Hockey League (NHL) career he played for six teams, the New York Rangers (19771979 and 19861989), Colorado Rockies (19791981), Winnipeg Jets (19811984 and 1992), Montreal Canadiens (19841986), Quebec Nordiques (1989–1990) and Toronto Maple Leafs (19901992). He won a Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Canadiens and also participated in the Stanley Cup Final in 1979 with the Rangers. During his career, DeBlois captained the Jets for two seasons and was an assistant for others (Montreal, New York and Winnipeg). He scored his 200th NHL career goal in the 1986–87 season against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens.

After his playing career, he became a broadcaster for RDS,[1] later becoming an amateur scout for the Nordiques[1] and later was added to a six-man coaching roster under Pierre Pagé with the same team in the spring of 1993[1] (André Savard, Don Jackson, Jacques Cloutier, Clément Jodoin, and DeBlois). He was the original coach and general manager of Moncton's first QMJHL franchise in 1995–1996, the Moncton Alpines. DeBlois later became an assistant coach with the Kansas City Blades in the International Hockey League (IHL) for two seasons.

Following his stint in the IHL, he was hired as a professional scout for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1998 to 2005[1] and later worked as a scout with the Vancouver Canucks from 2005 to 2016.

DeBlois currently resides in Montreal. He has three sons; Christian, Simon (twins) and Dominic. Dominic DeBlois, the youngest, played in the QMJHL during four seasons for Chicoutimi and Rouyn-Noranda where he became team captain his last two years of eligibility.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Sorel Éperviers QMJHL 56 30 35 65 53 13 6 5 11 7
1974–75 Sorel Éperviers QMJHL 72 46 53 99 62
1975–76 Sorel Éperviers QMJHL 70 56 55 111 102 5 1 1 2 32
1976–77 Sorel Éperviers QMJHL 72 56 78 134 111
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 71 22 8 30 27 3 0 0 0 2
1978–79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 7 4 6 10 6
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 62 11 17 28 26 9 2 0 2 4
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 6 3 1 4 7
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 70 24 19 43 36
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 74 26 16 42 78
1981–82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 65 25 27 52 87 4 2 1 3 4
1982–83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 27 27 54 69 3 0 0 0 5
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 34 45 79 50 3 0 1 1 4
1984–85 Montréal Canadiens NHL 51 12 11 23 20 8 2 4 6 4
1985–86 Montréal Canadiens NHL 61 14 17 31 48 11 0 0 0 7
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 40 3 8 11 27 2 0 0 0 2
1987–88 New York Rangers NHL 74 9 21 30 103
1988–89 New York Rangers NHL 73 9 24 33 107 4 0 0 0 4
1989–90 Québec Nordiques NHL 70 9 8 17 45
1990–91 Québec Nordiques NHL 14 2 2 4 13
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 10 12 22 30
1991–92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 8 11 19 39
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 11 1 2 3 2 5 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 993 249 276 525 814 52 7 6 13 38

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1981 Canada WC 8 3 0 3 4

References

  • Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: the ultimate A–Z guide of everyone whoa has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
  1. Podnieks, p. 193
Preceded by
Don Murdoch
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Ron Duguay
Preceded by
Rick Green
Quebec Nordiques first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Michel Goulet
Preceded by
Dave Christian
Winnipeg Jets captain
198284
Succeeded by
Dale Hawerchuk
Preceded by
None
Head coach of the Moncton Wildcats
1995–96
Succeeded by
Bill Riley
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