Steve Duchesne

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Steve Duchesne
Born (1965-06-30) June 30, 1965 (age 52)
Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Quebec Nordiques
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Detroit Red Wings
National teamFlag of Canada.svg  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19852002

Steve Duchesne (born June 30, 1965) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League with several teams from 1986 until 2002. He was a three-time NHL All-Star and was a member of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in 2002.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Playing career

Duchesne began his notable hockey career with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Never drafted by an NHL team, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings on October 1, 1984. He played one season with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League before becoming an NHL regular in 1986–87. In his rookie NHL season, he played well enough to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. It did not take Duchesne long to establish himself as an above average offensive defenceman. In the 1988–89 NHL season, he led all defensemen in shorthanded goals with 5.

Drummondville Voltigeurs ice hockey team

The Drummondville Voltigeurs are a junior ice hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The franchise was originally granted for the 1982–83 season, and is based in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, playing its home games at the Centre Marcel Dionne. The team won the QMJHL's President's Cup in 2009.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League sports league

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league comprises teams across the provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Since the departure of the Lewiston Maineiacs from Lewiston, Maine, the QMJHL is the only one of the three member leagues of the CHL that does not currently have teams located in the United States. The current president of the QMJHL is Gilles Courteau.

Los Angeles Kings hockey team of the National Hockey League

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Duchesne remained with the Kings until May 30, 1991, when he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal that brought future Hall of Famer Jari Kurri to Los Angeles. Duchesne played one season in Philadelphia, before being involved in one of the biggest trades in NHL history, moving to the Quebec Nordiques with a package of several players and cash in the Eric Lindros trade. Although Duchesne set a career high with 82 points in Quebec, he was again traded after one season to the St. Louis Blues. He spent two seasons with the Blues before being acquired by the upstart Ottawa Senators. After two successful seasons with the Senators, in which he scored the goal that clinched the team's first ever playoff spot, he was traded back to the Blues for Igor Kravchuk due to financial considerations. Duchesne's journeyman status continued, as he returned to the Kings as a free agent after one season with the Blues. During his first season back with the Kings, he was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline. Finally, after the 1998–99 season, Duchesne signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings, where he would win the Stanley Cup in his final season, 2001–02.

Philadelphia Flyers professional ice hockey team

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Jari Kurri Finnish ice hockey player

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Quebec Nordiques former hockey team of the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association

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Personal life

Duchesne now resides in Westlake, Texas with his wife and two children. He coaches the U18 Dallas Stars Midget Major AAA hockey team.[ citation needed ] He is a co-owner of the Allen Americans, a Central Hockey League team which began play in the 2009-10 season. [1]

Westlake, Texas Town in Texas, United States

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International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1994 Italy
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1996 Austria

Duchesne has represented Team Canada in two international tournaments:

Canada mens national ice hockey team mens national ice hockey team representing Canada

The Canadian national men's ice hockey team is the ice hockey team representing Canada internationally. The team is overseen by Hockey Canada, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. From 1920 until 1963, Canada's international representation was by senior amateur club teams. Canada's national men's team was founded in 1963 by Father David Bauer as a part of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, playing out of the University of British Columbia. The nickname "Team Canada" was first used for the 1972 Summit Series and has been frequently used to refer to the Canadian national team ever since.

1994 Mens World Ice Hockey Championships 1994 edition of the Mens World Ice Hockey Championships

The 1994 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Italy 25 April - 8 May. The games were played in Bolzano, Canazei and Milan.

The 1996 Ice Hockey World Championship took place in Austria 21 April - 5 May. The games were played in Vienna. Thirty-six nations competed at four levels, with Slovakia making their first appearance in Group A.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 66 5 16 21 75
1983–84 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 1 34 35 79 10 3 7 10 17
1984–85 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 65 22 54 76 94 5 4 7 11 8
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 75 14 35 49 76 5 0 2 2 9
1986–87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 13 25 38 74 5 2 2 4 4
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 16 39 55 109 5 1 3 4 14
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 25 50 75 92 11 4 4 8 12
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 20 42 62 36 10 2 9 11 6
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 21 41 62 66 12 4 8 12 8
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 38 56 86
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 82 20 62 82 57 6 0 5 5 6
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 12 19 31 14 4 0 2 2 2
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 12 26 38 36 7 0 4 4 2
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 12 24 36 42
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 19 28 47 38 7 1 4 5 0
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 14 42 56 32 10 0 4 4 6
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 4 19 23 22
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 2 5 7 2 6 0 2 2 2
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 10 31 41 42 9 0 4 4 10
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 6 19 25 48 6 2 4 6 0
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 3 15 18 28 23 0 6 6 24
NHL totals 1,113 227 525 752 824 121 16 61 77 96

International

Year Team Event Result  GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada WC 6 0 1 1 0
1996 Canada WC 8 1 3 4 4
Senior totals 14 1 4 5 4

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