|Date of birth||May 30, 1979|
|place of birth||Montreal , Quebec , Canada|
|NHL Entry Draft||
1997 , 3rd round, 80th position
|1996-1998||Foreurs de Val-d'Or|
|1998-1999||Voltigeurs de Drummondville|
|2006-2008||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|2008-2010||San Antonio Rampage|
|2012-2016||Cornwall River Kings|
|2016-2017||Blizzard CNS de Trois-Rivières|
Francis Lessard (born May 30, 1979 in Montreal , Québec ) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player . The right winger played 115 games for the Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League (NHL), but was mostly used in minor leagues . He embodied the player type of the Enforcer .
Francis Lessard began his career in 1996 at Foreurs de Val-d'Or in the Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec (LHJMQ) and was active for the team for two years. Already there he was noticed because of his harshness and therefore had to sit in the penalty box for many minutes. In 148 games he brought it to 751 penalty minutes. Between 1998 and 1999 he played for the Voltigeurs de Drummondville . Lessard had already been selected in the NHL Entry Draft 1997 by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round in 80th position.
Nevertheless, he never played for Carolina and was given up to the Philadelphia Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL). After three years, he moved to an NHL team for the first time at the end of the 2001/02 season and played for the Atlanta Thrashers . For the most part, however, he was used with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. With these he won the Calder Cup in the same season . It was not until the 2003/04 season that he finally returned to Atlanta and went on the ice for the team with moderate success. The 2005/06 season he played mostly again with the Chicago Wolves and between 2006 and 2008 with the Hartford Wolf Pack .
This was followed by further positions with the San Antonio Rampage and Phoenix Coyotes . He did not make the jump into the NHL and was demoted to the San Antonio Rampage. After the 2009/10 season , his contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, for which he had never accrued, was not renewed and Lessard agreed as a free agent in August 2010 to work with the Ottawa Senators . In the course of the 2010/11 season , the Canadian played mostly for the Binghamton Senators in the AHL and filled his role as enforcer , but also came to 24 missions for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL.
After the 2011/12 season he moved to the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH), where he was on the ice for the Cornwall River Kings and Blizzard CNS de Trois-Rivières until 2017 . He then ended his active career.
Achievements and Awards
- 1998 Coupe du Président win with the Foreurs de Val-d'Or
- 1998 Memorial Cup All-Star Team
- 2002 Calder Cup win with the Chicago Wolves
|1996/97||Foreurs de Val-d'Or||LHJMQ||66||1||9||10||312||-||-||-||-||-|
|1997/98||Foreurs de Val-d'Or||LHJMQ||63||3||20th||23||338||19th||1||6th||7th||101|
|1998||Foreurs de Val-d'Or||Memorial Cup||3||1||0||1||13|
|1998/99||Voltigeurs de Drummondville||LHJMQ||53||12||36||48||295||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004/05||Atlanta Thrashers||NHL||not played because of lockout|
|2006/07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||58||3||6th||9||309||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007/08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||14th||4th||1||5||49||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008/09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||59||2||2||4th||324||-||-||-||-||-|
|2009/10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||61||2||2||4th||289||-||-||-||-||-|
|2012/13||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||36||2||8th||10||147||9||2||1||3||48|
|2013/14||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||31||3||6th||9||192||6th||0||1||1||22nd|
|2014/15||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||15th||4th||2||6th||81||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015/16||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||16||0||2||2||118||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015/16||Blizzard CNS de Trois-Rivières||LNAH||6th||1||1||2||64||6th||0||0||0||69|
|2016/17||Blizzard CNS de Trois-Rivières||LNAH||12||1||1||2||42||-||-||-||-||-|
( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1 play-downs / relegation )
- Francis Lessard in the database of the National Hockey League (English)
- Francis Lessard at legendsofhockey.net ( Memento from August 1, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
- Francis Lessard at eliteprospects.com (English)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Canadian ice hockey player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 30, 1979|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Montreal , Quebec , Canada|