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Pat LaFontaine

Born:February 22, 1965Draft:1983 Islanders, #3 overall
Hometown:St. Louis, MO, USAPosition:Center
Known For:Hall of FameShoots:Right
National Team:USACurrent Status:Retired

Pat LaFontaine played for the New York Islanders from 1983 until 1991, the Buffalo Sabres from 1991 until 1997, and the New York Rangers from 1997 until his retirement in 1998, scoring 468 goals and 1,013 points along the way before his career was ended by concussions. His 1.17 points per game (1,013 points over 865 games) is the best among American-born ice hockey players, active or retired. In 2017 Lafontaine was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. LaFontaine served as an executive of the Buffalo Sabres as the President of Hockey Operations until March 2014.

Pat LaFontaine
Pat LaFontaine, New York Islanders (THW Archives)

Pat LaFontaine Stats

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
October 25, 1991New York IslandersFourth-Round Pick
(Dean Melanson)
Randy Hiller
Randy Wood
Buffalo SabresBenoit Hogue
Uwe Krupp
Dave McLlwain
Pierre Turgeon
September 29, 1997Buffalo SabresNew York RangersSecond-Round Pick
(Andrew Peters)

Deeper Dive


  • Captain of the Sabres (1992-1997)
  • Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003)
  • United States Hockey Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Lester Patrick Trophy (1997)
  • World Cup Gold Medal (1996)
  • Bill Masterton Trophy (1995)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1993)
  • Canada Cup Runner-Up (1992)
  • CHL Player of the Year (1983)
  • CHL Top Scorer Award (234) (1983)
  • QMJHL Best Professional Prospect (Mike Bossy Trophy) (1983)
  • QMJHL First All-Star Team (1983)
  • QMJHL Most Points (Jean Beliveau Trophy) (234) (1983)
  • QMJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (Frank J. Selke Trophy) (1983)
  • QMJHL Most Valuable Player (Michel Brière Trophy) (1983)
  • QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy) (1983)
  • QMJHL Playoffs MVP (Guy Lafleur Trophy) (1983)