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Andre Lacroix

Any idea of what happened to Andre Lacroix in the 1971-72 season? Before that he was putting up very respectable numbers as the number one center in Philly. After that he put up massive numbers in the WHA and was a key player on Team Canada 74. But happened to him when he got traded to the Black Hawks for the 71-72 season? He went from a consistent 20 goal scorer to 4 goals and 7 assists in 51 games.

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No PP-time and less ice time on a better team? I think he was able to score okey in the NHL if being the top dog, which was probably not a good idea if you'd want to win. He seems to be somewhat of a dominating player at the AHL level today.

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Any idea of what happened to Andre Lacroix in the 1971-72 season? Before that he was putting up very respectable numbers as the number one center in Philly. After that he put up massive numbers in the WHA and was a key player on Team Canada 74. But happened to him when he got traded to the Black Hawks for the 71-72 season? He went from a consistent 20 goal scorer to 4 goals and 7 assists in 51 games.

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Stan Mikita, Pit Martin and Lou Angotti happened. More talented, better skaters with a more complete or complete game. Andre Lacroix had offensive skills without being an elite skater, which is why the Canadiens never kept him but gave his junior linemates Danny Grant and Mickey Redmond a serious look.

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Stan Mikita, Pit Martin and Lou Angotti happened. More talented, better skaters with a more complete or complete game. Andre Lacroix had offensive skills without being an elite skater, which is why the Canadiens never kept him but gave his junior linemates Danny Grant and Mickey Redmond a serious look.
Thanks. When I was working on my book "The Forgotten Summit" I interviewed Rick Smith. He told me that "nobody saw the ice better than Andy Lacroix. He had great anticipation of where his linemates were going and he was able to put the puck right there."

Lacroix played super in the first two games of the 74 Summit. He had a goal and 4 assists centering a line with Bobby Hull and Johnny McKenzie. His numbers really tailed off after that though, picking up only 2 assists in the last 6 games. He wasn't playing badly in those 6 games - his defensive play was super and he killed the Soviets on face-offs. But Hull was slowed by a bad knee and McKenzie's play really tanked. Lacroix wasn't a sniper on his own - he was a great playmaker. And with his linemates "off" his numbers dropped badly.

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