|Claude Percy Lemieux
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 227 pounds
Born: 7.16.65 Buckingham, Quebec
|How he arrived: Traded by the Montreal Canadiens for Sylvain Turgeon, 9.4.90
How he left: Traded to the New York Islanders for Steve Thomas, 10.3.95
How he returned: Traded by the Colorado Avalanche with Avalanche's 1st and 2nd round picks in the
2000 E.D. for Brian Rolston and Devils' 1st round pick in the 2000 E.D., 11.3.99
How he left again: Did not resign (Signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes, 12.5.00)
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Claude never claimed to be a nice guy on the ice... lol That's an understatement. One word can describe him very
clearly, though: effective.
And the Devils got him in what Rich Chere calls the best trade in Devils history. Considering how Sylvain Turgeon's
career panned out after that, what a bargain it was.
He never scored more than 31 goals with Montreal. His second year in Jersey: 41!
No more than 61 points up there. In Jersey in 92-93: 81!
That's not THE reason the Devils got him, though.
THE reason they got him was for his play in the postseason. He garnered that reputation his rookie season in Montreal,
and continued to prove his worth in the playoffs as a Devil. It would lead to him winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in
the 95 playoffs as the MVP.
A messy contract dispute with Lou Lamoriello lead to him being traded in the 3-team deal. Lou's law is Lou's law, but at
the same time, the Devils just weren't the same when he was gone. So Lou would get him back as a rental for the 99-00
season. History proved that it was indeed the missing piece that year.
He would retire after 3 more seasons with the Phoenix Cotoyes and Dallas Stars. In 2005, he became the president of
the ECHL incarnation of the Phoenix Roadrunners. He even joined the Pros cast in the second season (2007) of Spike
TV's Pros vs. Joes.
He made a comeback in 08-09 in the San Jose Sharks' organization, starting his season with Worcester in November,
and eventually got the call with the parent club midseason. He would retire for good (And formally, this time) the July
He had become a sports agent afterwards. He has also been a frequent guest on TSN's Off The Record With Michael
Landsburg in that time.
|Entry Draft: 1983 Second Round Pick (26th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise