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Francis Lessard
Born May 30, 1979 (1979-05-30) (age 31),

Montreal, QC, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Right

Francis Lessard (born May 30, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently a member of the National Hockey League (NHL) Ottawa Senators organization. He has played for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL, but has spent most of his career in the American Hockey League (AHL).


Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

AwardsEdit

  • 1997-98 - Memorial Cup All-Star Team[1]

TransactionsEdit

  • 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.

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