Don Lever
Donald Richard Lever
Left Wing
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 11.14.52 South Porcupine, Ontario
How he arrived: Traded from the Calgary Flames with Bob MacMillan for Lanny McDonald and the
Rockies' 4th Round pick in the 1983 E.D., 11.25.81
How he left: Rights was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, 9.9.85
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
SHG
SHA
GWG
1981-82
COL
59
22
28
50
-10
20
136
3
3
0
1
1
1982-83
NJ
79
23
30
53
-35
68
143
9
13
3
1
0
1983-84
NJ
70
14
19
33
-21
44
111
3
5
0
0
2
1984-85
NJ
67
10
8
18
-29
31
83
0
1
1
0
1
Team Career
Totals
COL
59
22
28
50
-10
20
136
3
3
0
1
1
Team Career
Totals
NJ
216
47
57
104
-85
143
337
12
19
4
1
3
Franchise
Career Totals
 
275
69
85
154
-95
163
473
15
22
4
2
4
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
With things falling apart and a franchise relocation on the horizon, the Rockies would get a solid, versatile, and more
importantly, consistent player when they acquired Lever.

He was a multi-time 20-goal scorer who could contribute on the power play and also kill penalties rather efficiently. His

two-way play often got overlooked because he played on bad teams for the most part. And I'm not just talking about
with the Rockies and Devils. That includes his tenure with the Canucks.

The bright spots with the franchise include being the first ever captain in the Devils' history, and scoring the first ever

goal in Devils' history.

If I had followed the game any sooner than I did, I probably would have liked watching Lever play. I'm a big fan of the

two-way player.

Since his retirement, he has been a coach of some form at both the NHL level and the AHL level. It was actually with
the Sabres that the coaching career began, when he accepted an assistant's role after he hung them up. He's had 3 head
jobs in the A, with his time with the Hamilton Bulldogs probably being the most successful, which includes a Calder
Cup championship in 2007.

Currently, he's in the Chicago Blackhawks organization as a pro scout.
Entry Draft: 1972 First Round Pick (3rd overall) by the
Vancouver Canucks