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D, Rick Lapointe


AST Voting: T17th (1981)

Playoff Numbers: 46 GP, 2-7-9 PTS

Overpass's adjusted numbers: 664 GP, 36-140-174 ESP (21 per season) / 37%PK, .85 rating

70s Vs #2 Defenseman Scores: 28, 25, 20, 18, 16, 16 = 123

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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Rick Lapointe was a mobile defenceman with a good shot from the point who could also play an abrasive style in his own zone. He played nearly 700 games for five clubs in an NHL career that spanned eleven years.

Born in Victoria, B.C., Lapointe played in the BCJHL with the Nanaimo Clippers before excelling on the WHL's Victoria Cougars. In 1974-75 he scored 70 points in 67 games, represented Canada at the World Junior Championships, and was taken fifth overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the Amateur Draft. He was also named to the first all-star units in the WCJHL and the World Junior tourney. The scouts were impressed with the youngster's playmaking ability and willingness to play aggressively in his own zone.

Lapointe was solid during his first two years with the mediocre Wings. After a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers in February 1977, he settled into a more defensive role and put up excellent plus/minus numbers. Prior to the 1979-80 season, Lapointe was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for Blake Dunlop. He solidified the club's blueline but was traded to the Quebec Nordiques for veteran forward Pat Hickey in August 1982.

The veteran spent more of his time with the Nord's AHL farm team. In 1983-84, he was a standout on the Fredericton Express and named to the league's first all-star team. Lapointe was a veteran role player on the L.A. Kings for two seasons before retiring in 1986.
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1982
In sixth NHL season, had best term as anchor of Blues' backline...not spectacular but a thorough defensive player...uses size to control corners and clear traffic from in front of the net...moves the puck well from his own zone but isn't regarded as a good rusher.
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Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1983
Anchor of Blues' backline...more efficient than spectacular...Strong defensively...moves the puck well...

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