Francis Lessard (born May 30, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward. He last played with the Trois-Rivières Blizzard 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. Lessard is generally known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and his ability to protect his teammates during a game.
May 30, 1979|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
80th overall, 1997|
Drafted from the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs, Lessard's rights were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999 while still at junior level. He spent three seasons with their AHL affiliate the Philadelphia Phantoms before he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.
With the Thrashers, Lessard made his National Hockey League debut with the Thrashers during the 2001–02 season. In that season, Lessard won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves. Lessard played 91 games over four seasons with Atlanta before moving to the New York Rangers organization in 2006. He played two seasons for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL before signing with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008, playing two seasons for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. He signed with the Ottawa Senators in August 2010.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||36||2||8||10||147||9||2||1||3||48|
|2013–14||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||31||3||6||9||192||6||0||1||1||22|
|2014–15||Cornwall River Kings||LNAH||15||4||2||6||81||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
- August 8, 2010 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators.
- July 3, 2008 - Signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes.
- September 13, 2006 - Invited by the New York Rangers to training camp.
- March 15, 2002 - Atlanta Thrashers traded David Harlock and third-round (Tyler Redenbach) and seventh-round (Joe Pavelski) selections in 2003 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Francis Lessard.
- May 25, 1999 - Carolina Hurricanes traded Francis Lessard to the Philadelphia Flyers for eighth-round selection (Antti Jokella) in 1999.
- June 21, 1997 - Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round (80th overall) in 1997.