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PLAYER PROFILE:
10 John LeClair
Philadelphia Flyers
Drafted in the 1987 NHL Draft, 2nd Round, 33rd Overall.
John LeClair Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'-3"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Birthplace: St. Albans, Vermont
Shoots: Left
Last Amateur Club: Fredericton AHL

SEASON RECORDS

REGULAR SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 2 5 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 12 16.67
1991-92 Fredericton AHL 8 7 7 14 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 8 11 19 14 5 3 0 0 0 73 10.96
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 19 25 44 33 11 2 0 2 0 139 13.67
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 19 24 43 32 17 1 0 1 0 153 12.42
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 1 4 5 10 -1 1 0 0 0 18 5.56
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 25 24 49 20 21 5 0 7 0 113 22.12
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 51 46 97 64 21 19 0 10 2 270 18.89
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 50 47 97 58 44 10 0 5 2 324 15.43
1997-98 Team USA Olympics 4 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 51 36 87 32 30 16 0 9 1 303 16.83
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 43 47 90 30 36 16 0 7 3 246 17.48
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 40 37 77 36 8 13 0 7 2 249 16.06
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 7 5 12 0 2 3 0 2 0 48 14.58
2001-02 Team USA Olympics 6 6 1 7 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 25 26 51 30 5 4 0 6 1 220 11.36
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 18 10 28 16 7 4 0 3 1 64 17.19
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 23 32 55 51 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
FOURTEEN (14) NHL SEASONS 873 382 379 761 428 207 97 0 60 12 2232 15.77

POST-SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
1991-92 Fredericton AHL 8 1 1 2 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 1 1 2 4 -2 0 0 0 0 10 10
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 4 6 10 14 2 0 0 3 0 44 9.09
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 2 1 3 8 -1 1 0 0 0 13 15.38
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 5 7 12 4 7 1 0 1 0 37 13.51
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 6 5 11 6 3 4 0 1 0 25 24
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 19 9 12 21 10 5 4 0 3 0 79 11.39
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 1 2 8 -4 1 0 1 0 19 5.26
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 3 0 3 12 0 2 0 0 0 15 20
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 6 7 13 6 3 4 0 2 0 64 9.37
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 1 2 3 2 -2 0 0 0 0 13 7.69
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0 0 7 0
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 2 3 5 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 2 2 4 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
FOURTEEN (14) NHL POST-SEASONS 154 42 47 89 94 11 17 0 11 0 329 11.55

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Milestones Achieved:

  • 300th Assist: 3/4/00 at Boston.
  • 800th Game:
  • 600th Game: 11/9/99 at New Jersey.
  • 300th Game: 12/31/95 at Vancouver.
  • 200th Game: 3/9/94 vs. St. Louis.
  • 300th Goal: 2/22/00 vs. Chicago.
  • 700th Point:
  • 600th Point: 2/26/00 at New York Islanders.
  • 500th Point: 1/13/99 at Washington.
  • 100th Point: 2/21/94 at Philadelphia.

Facts:

  • First NHL Game: March 9, 1991 vs. Vancouver.
  • First NHL Goal: March 9, 1991 vs. Vancouver.
  • First NHL Point: March 9, 1991 vs. Vancouver (Goal).
  • Stanley Cup Championships: 1993.
  • NHL All-Star Games: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.

Notables:

  • Nickname is Johnny.
  • Named the 2002 The Sporting News’ No. 1 Good Guy among NHL players for his work involving the John LeClair Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank.
  • Favorite athlete is Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • President of the John LeClair Foundation which awards grants to non-profit Vermont organizations that sponsor programs for children.

Awards:

  • 1990-91 Season:
    • ECAC Second All-Star Team.
  • 1994-95 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
  • 1995-96 Season:
    • NHL Second Team All-Star.
  • 1996-97 Season:
    • NHL Second Team All-Star.
    • Bud Ice Plus/Minus Award.
    • Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Sports Writers Association Humanitarian of the Year Award.
  • 1997-98 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
  • 1998-99 Season:
    • NHL Second All-Star Team.
    • Bud Ice Plus/Minus Award.

TRANSACTIONS

June, 1987:

  • Drafted by Montreal in the second round (33rd overall) of 1987 Entry Draft.

February 9, 1995:

  • Traded to Philadelphia by Montreal with Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne for Mark Recchi and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Martin Hohenberger) in 1995 Entry Draft.

INJURIES

January 20, 1990:

  • Missed majority of 1989-90 season recovering from knee surgery.

October 7, 2000:

  • Missed majority of 2000-01 season recovering from a back injury suffered in game vs. Boston.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

International Career:

  • Was named to the Tournament All-Star Team after posting a tournament-best six goals for silver medalist Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Was tied for third in the tournament in points with seven (6G,1A).
  • Recorded an assist in four games as a member of Team USA at 1998 Olympic Games.
  • Named to the All-Tournament Team as a member of 1996 World Cup of Hockey Tournament Champion Team USA.
  • Second in the tournament in goals (6), points (10), and plus/minus (+9).
  • Member of the United States National Junior Team at the 1989 World Junior Championships.

Amateur Career:

  • Recorded 56 goals and 60 assists for 116 points and 198 PIM in 92 games over a four-year career at the University of Vermont.
  • Named to the ECAC Second All-Star Team following the 1990-91 season.
  • Led Vermont in goals (25), points (45), and PIM (58) in 33 games during his senior season in 1990-91.

1990-91 Season:

  • Scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on 3/9/91 vs. Vancouver.

1992-93 Season:

  • Member of 1992-93 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens.
  • Recorded overtime goals in back-to-back games (6/5/93 and 6/7/93) of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals at Los Angeles.

1993-94 Season:

  • Led the Canadiens in plus/minus (+17).
  • Played his 200th NHL game on 3/9/94 vs. St. Louis.
  • Recorded a goal and two assists at Philadelphia on 2/21/94.
  • His third-period goal at Philadelphia on 2/21/94 was his 100th NHL point.

1994-95 Season:

  • Named to NHL First All-Star Team, The Hockey News First All-Star Team, and The Sporting News First All-Star Team.
  • Recipient of 1995 Pelle Lindbergh Trophy awarded to the Flyer who has improved most from the previous season as voted by his teammates.
  • Recorded his first NHL playoff hat trick in Game One of Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Rangers on 5/21/95.
  • Recorded 12-game scoring streak (9G, 9A: 3/2/95-3/25/95).
  • Recorded second career hat trick (3G) on 2/25/95 at Montreal.
  • Recorded first career hat trick as part of a then career-high five points (3G, 2A) in one game on 2/14/95 at Tampa Bay.
  • Recorded first goal as a Flyer (50th of NHL career) on 2/11/95 at New Jersey.

1995-96 Season:

  • Named to NHL Second All-Star Team, The Hockey News Second All-Star Team, and The Hockey News Readers’ Choice Second All-Star Team.
  • Recorded assist for Eastern Conference in 46th NHL All-Star Game (first appearance).
  • Led team in goals (51; tied for fifth in the NHL), GWGs (10), power play goals (19), and multiple-goal games (10).
  • Tied his season-high for points in a game with four; two goals, including his 50th of season, and two assists at New Jersey on 4/10/96.
  • Scoreless at NY Rangers on 4/5/96 ending an 11-game point-scoring streak (15G,8A).
  • Six-game goal scoring streak ended vs. NY Rangers on 4/4/96 (9G; tied for third longest streak in the NHL).
  • Registered his first career natural hat trick vs. Pittsburgh on 3/31/96, the 13th natural hat trick in Flyers history.
  • Scored goal in his 300th NHL game on 12/31/95 at Vancouver.

1996-97 Season:

  • Winner of Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ Most Valuable Player.
  • Recorded two goals and an assist for Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1997 NHL All-Star Game (second appearance).
  • Led team in points (97; tied for fourth in the NHL), goals (50; tied for third in the NHL), power play goals (10), plus/minus (+44; first in the NHL), and shots (324; fifth in the NHL).
  • Led NHL in points recorded at even strength with 81 (40G,41A).
  • Tied for first on team in assists (47).
  • Scoreless at Detroit on 6/7/97, ending his 10-game playoff point-scoring streak (5G,10A, the longest playoff streak in NHL).
  • Scored his 50th goal of season vs. New Jersey on 4/13/97.
  • Recorded six points (4G,2A) vs. Montreal on 2/6/97 to set career highs in goals (4) and points (6) in a game.
  • His four-goal game tied team record for goals in a game.

1997-98 Season:

  • Named to NHL First All-Star Team.
  • Winner of Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ most valuable player.
  • Selected as a starter and scored goal for North America All-Stars in 1998 NHL All-Star Game (third appearance).
  • Tied for third in NHL in goals (51).
  • Second in NHL in shots (303) and in power play goals (16).
  • Tied for fifth in NHL in points (87).
  • First on team in plus/minus (+30, tied for fourth in the NHL), game-winning goals (9; tied for fourth in the NHL), and power play points (16-11-27).
  • His four assists at Florida on 4/16/98 established a new career high for assists in a game.
  • His goal at Buffalo on 4/13/98 was his 50th of season, the first American-born player to reach 50-goal mark three times and second Flyer to record three consecutive 50-goal seasons (Tim Kerr 1983-84 through 1986-87).
  • Held shotless for only one game, vs. Washington 3/5/98 (recorded at least one shot on goal in the first 58 games and every game after.
  • Scored two power play goals at Vancouver on 12/31/97.
  • His first goal at Vancouver on 12/31/97 was his 30th of the season.
  • Reached the 30-goal mark in 40 games, fourth fastest in Flyers history.
  • Named NHL Player of the Week for the week ending 11/9/97 after recording eight points (4G, 4A) in three games.

1998-99 Season:

  • Named to NHL Second All-Star Team.
  • Played for the North America Team in the 1999 NHL All-Star Game (fourth appearance).
  • Winner of Bud Ice Plus-Minus Award (+36) as “the player, having played a minimum of 60 games, who leads the League in plus/minus statistic at the end of the regular season”.
  • First on team in goals (43, fifth in the NHL), power play goals (16, fourth in the NHL), game-winning goals (7, tied for ninth in the NHL), shooting percentage (17.5%, 43 goals on 246 shots), plus/minus (+36), and shots (246).
  • Second on the team in points (90, ninth in the NHL).
  • Third on team in assists (47).
  • Tied for first in the NHL in game-tying goals (3).
  • Flyers had a 19-6-5 record when LeClair scored at least one goal and 18-15-13 when he was held without a goal.
  • Flyers had a 0-5-1 record when LeClair did not play.
  • Assist vs. Boston on 4/18/99 was his 47th of season, tying his career high (47 with the Flyers in 1996-97).
  • Missed two games because of back spasms (4/3/99-4/5/99).
  • Recorded goal and two assists vs. Detroit on 3/21/99 after missing the previous four games (3/11/99- 3/16/99) because of a left hip flexor.
  • Goal vs. Detroit on 3/21/99 was his 216th as a Flyer, passing Rick Tocchet for ninth place on Flyers All-Time Goals List.
  • Game missed vs. Colorado on 3/11/99 ended his consecutive games-played streak at 317 (was the second longest current streak in the NHL behind Rod Brind’Amour).
  • Scored game-tying goal at Colorado on 2/14/99, his 400th point as a Flyer (15th player in club history to reach mark).
  • Enjoyed nine-game assist streak (11A, the longest streak in the NHL that season and the longest such streak of his career).
  • Registered a goal and an assist at Washington on 1/13/99.
  • Goal at Washington on 1/13/99 was his 500th NHL point.
  • Goal at Vancouver on 12/31/98 was his 200th as a Flyer, the 11th player in team history to reach that mark.
  • Named NHL Player of the Week for period from 11/23/98-11/29/98 (eight points: 6G,2A in three games).
  • Scored four goals vs. Vancouver on 11/29/98 to tie team record for most goals in a regular season game (second time, his ninth career hat trick all with the Flyers).
  • Scored three goals, including game-winner, at Tampa Bay on 10/16/98 for his second career “natural” hat trick.
  • Only the second player in Flyers history to record multiple regular season “natural” hat tricks (Kerr, 4).

1999-00 Season:

  • Named to The Hockey News 2000 Stanley Cup Playoff Second All-Star Team.
  • Appeared in his fifth career All-Star Game.
  • Led team in goals (40, seventh in NHL), power-play goals (13), and game-tying goals (2).
  • Tied for team lead in game-winning goals (7).
  • Second on team in points (77, 13th in NHL).
  • Recorded 24 multiple-point games.
  • One of three Flyers to play all 82 games.
  • Flyers had a 18-4-2 record when LeClair scored at least one goal.
  • Recorded at least one point (3G,3A) in four straight playoff games (5/2/00-5/9/00).
  • Recorded game-winning goal and an assist in Eastern Conference Semifinal series clinching win at Pittsburgh on 5/9/00; game-winning goal was his eighth as a Flyer, tied for second on the club's career list.
  • Appeared in his 100th career playoff game vs. Pittsburgh on 4/27/00.
  • Recorded an assist vs. Buffalo 4/13/00, his 50th playoff point as a Flyer.
  • During regular season, scored a goal vs. Boston on 4/8/00 for his 40th goal of the season to set a Flyers record of five consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals.
  • Registered two assists at Boston on 3/4/00, first assist was 300th of his career.
  • Scored two goals at NY Islanders on 2/26/00; first goal was his 481st point as a Flyer, passing Mark Howe for 10th place on the Flyers all-time list; second goal was his 600th career point.
  • Scored his 300th career goal on 2/22/00 vs. Chicago.
  • Scored game-winning goal at NY Rangers on 2/20/00, his 30th tally of season, becoming just the third Flyer to score 30 or more goals in five consecutive seasons (Bill Barber, Brian Propp).
  • Registered an assist vs. Pittsburgh on 1/8/00, his 400th game as a Flyer.
  • Recorded two goals and an assist at Calgary on 12/27/99; first goal was his 20th of season, the sixth consecutive season in which he has scored 20 or more goals.
  • Scored two goals, including game winner, vs. St. Louis on 12/5/99; first goal was his 425th point as a Flyer, third among left wings on the club’s career list.
  • Recorded seven-game scoring streak (7G,4A: 10/30/99-11/13/99), including at least one goal (6G,2A) in five consecutive games (10/30/99-11/9/99).
  • Scored goal vs. San Jose on 11/13/99, his 231st tally as a Flyer to move into eighth place on the club’s all-time list.
  • Scored goal at New Jersey on 11/9/99, his 600th career game.

2000-01 Season:

  • Recorded an assist at Toronto on 3/24/01 after missing the previous 46 games (from 12/10/00 through 3/22/01) recovering from a disc space infection.
  • Registered a hat trick (the 10th of his career - all with the Flyers) vs. Tampa Bay on 12/6/00.
  • Played vs. Phoenix on 11/26/00 after missing the previous 20 games (from 10/11/00 through 11/24/00) because of an L-3 disc herniation.
  • Underwent successful disc surgery on 10/21/00.
  • Recorded his 500th point (assist) as a Flyer vs. Boston on 10/7/00.

2001-02 Season:

  • Was the Flyers' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
  • Was second on the team in goals with 25.
  • Was first on the team in shots with 220.
  • Was one of two players to play in all 82 games this season (Kim Johnsson was the other).
  • Flyers had an 18-0-3 record in games when LeClair scored at least one goal.
  • Scored the game-winning goal at NY Rangers on March 27, his 291st goal as a Flyer (moved past Eric Lindros into seventh place on the Flyers All-Time Goal List).
  • Was named to the Tournament All-Star Team after posting a tournament-best six goals for silver medalist Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Was tied for third in the tournament in points with seven (6G,1A).
  • Game vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 12 was his 500th game as a Flyer (26th player in team history to reach mark).
  • Scored the game-winning goal vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 31, his 519th point as a Flyer (moved into eighth place on the team's all-time list - past Gary Dornhoefer).
  • Registered two goals and an assist vs. Washington on Oct. 20.
  • His assist vs. Washington on Oct. 20 was his 515th point as a Flyer and moved him into ninth place on the team's all-time list.

2003-04 Season:

  • Is the Flyers' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
  • Was first on the team in plus/minus at +20.
  • Was third on the team in goals (23) and points (55).
  • Has reached the 20-goal mark for eighth time in his career.
  • Recorded 34 points (13G,21A) over the final 37 games of the season.
  • Posted an assist vs. Atlanta on Feb. 21, his 300th assist as a Flyer.
  • His first goal of two goals vs. Boston on Feb. 19 was his 329th as a Flyer, moving him past Rick MacLeish and into fifth place on the Flyers All-Time List.
  • Was scoreless vs. New Jersey on Feb. 10, ending his point-scoring streak at eight games (5G,8A).
  • Set season highs for assists in a game (3), points in a game (4) and plus/minus in a game (+4) at Washington on Jan. 25.
  • Was scoreless vs. NY Islanders on Dec. 20, his 600th game as a Flyer (16th player in team history to reach mark).
  • His goal vs. Phoenix on Dec. 5 was his 602nd point as a Flyer and moved him into seventh place on the Flyers All-Time List (passing Rod Brind'Amour).
  • Was named Second Star vs. Montreal on Oct. 27 after posting a goal and an assist in his first game of the season.
  • Missed the first seven games of the season recovering from a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
  • Is fifth in goals (333) on the Flyers All-Time Regular Season List.
  • Is seventh in points (643) on the Flyers All-Time Regular Season List.
  • Is 10th in games (649) on the Flyers All-Time Regular Season List.
  • 2003-04 Single Game Highs: Goals - 2 (vs. BOS, 2/19/04); Assists - 3 (@ WSH, 1/25/04); Points - 4 (@ WSH, 1/25/04); Shots - 6 (three times); Plus/Minus - +4 (@ WSH, 1/25/04); TOI - 22:36 (vs. TOR, 3/18/04).
 

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