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Francis Lessard
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Born May 30, 1979 (1979-05-30) (age 39)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 80th overall, 1997
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 1999–present

Francis Lessard (born on May 30, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently signed to a one-year contract with the Cornwall River Kings of Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH).

He has played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators of the NHL, but has spent most of his career in the AHL.

Francis is generally known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and his ability to protect his teammates during a game.

Playing CareerEdit

Francis was drafted from the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs. His rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999 while he was still at junior level.

He spent three seasons with their AHL affiliate the Philadelphia Phantoms before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

With the Thrashers, Francis made his NHL debut during the 2001–02 season. During that season, he won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves.

He played 91 games over four seasons with Atlanta before moving to the New York Rangers organization in 2006.

Francis played two seasons for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL before signing with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008.

He played for two seasons for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. In August of 2010, Francis signed with the Ottawa Senators.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 66 1 9 10 312
1997–98 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 63 3 20 23 338 19 1 6 7 101
1998–99 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 53 12 36 48 295
1999–2000 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 78 4 8 12 416 5 0 1 1 7
2000–01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 64 3 7 10 330 10 0 0 0 33
2001–02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 60 0 6 6 251
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 5 0 0 0 26
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 7 2 1 3 34 15 0 1 1 40
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 2 2 61
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 5 7 194 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 1 1 2 181
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 2 3 5 161
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 58 3 6 9 309
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 14 4 1 5 49
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 2 2 4 324
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 61 2 2 4 289
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 36 2 1 3 187
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 0 0 0 78
2012–13 Cornwall River Kings LNAH 36 2 8 10 147
NHL totals 115 1 3 4 346

Career TransactionsEdit

  • June 21, 1997: Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round (80th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
  • May 25, 1999: Traded by Carolina Hurricanes to the Philadelphia Flyers for an eighth-round selection (Antti Jokella).
  • March 15, 2002: Atlanta Thrashers traded David Harlock and third-round (Tyler Redenbach) and seventh-round selections (Joe Pavelski) in 2003 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Francis.
  • September 13, 2006: Invited by the New York Rangers to training camp.
  • July 3, 2008: Signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes.
  • August 8, 2010: Signed by the Ottawa Senators as an unrestricted free agent

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 1997-98: Memorial Cup All-Star Team