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Curtis Leschyshyn
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Born September 21, 1969 (1969-09-21) (age 49)
Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1988
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1988–2004

Curtis Leschyshyn (born Curtis Michael Leschyshyn on September 21, 1969) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

He played 1033 games in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Curtis was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the first round (third overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

He played for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise for parts of 9 seasons. He won a Stanley Cup in 1996 with Colorado.

The season after winning the Stanley Cup, Curtis was traded to the Washington Capitals with Chris Simon in exchange for Keith Jones and a 1st round pick.

On November 9, 1996 (after just 2 games), he was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Andrei Nikolishin.

At the end of that season, the Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes for whom Curtis played for another seasons before he was claimed in the expansion draft by the Minnesota Wild on June 23, 2000.

Curtis began the 2000–01 season with the Wild before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a 3rd round pick (Stephane Veilleux) on March 13, 2001.

After three more seasons as a fixture on the Senators defense, he signed with Colorado (his adopted home) on August 17, 2005 (after the 2004-05 NHL lockout).

On October 3, 2005, Curtis retired before the 2005-06 season began.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70 14 26 40 107 11 1 5 6 14
1987–88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 56 14 41 55 86 10 2 5 7 16
1988–89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 71 4 9 13 71
1989–90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 2 6 8 44
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 55 3 7 10 49
1991–92 Halifax Citadels AHL 6 0 2 2 4
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 42 5 12 17 42
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 82 9 23 32 61 6 1 1 2 6
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 5 17 22 65
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 2 13 15 20 3 0 1 1 4
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 4 15 19 73 17 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 5 5 6
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 4 13 17 30
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 2 10 12 45
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 65 2 7 9 50 6 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 53 0 2 2 14
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 54 2 3 5 19
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 1 9 10 44 12 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 54 1 6 7 18 18 0 1 1 10
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 56 1 4 5 16 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1033 44 165 212 669 68 2 6 8 34

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 1995–96 NHL Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche)

Personal LifeEdit

In retirement, Curtis was a member of the Colorado Avalanche radio broadcast team providing color commentary, but he stepped down prior to the 2007–08 season to spend more time with his family.

Curtis and his wife, Laura reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with their three children: son Jake and daughters Anna & Kate.

He is an assistant coach with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. Curtis is an avid cyclist and cycles 40 to 50 miles a day. He was also a participant on "Battle of the Blades."