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Francis Lessard
Francis Lessard
Right Wing
(FRAN-sis Leh-SAHR)
Number: 49
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 235
Shoots: Right
Born: 30 May 1979
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Ottawa (8/4/10)
Drafted: CAR / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (80th overall)
2009-10: Started season with Phoenix, serving a three-game suspension from pre-season ... Led San Antonio (AHL) in penalty minutes (289) and was second in the league. 2008-09: Led the league in penalty minutes for the second time in his AHL career … Become just the seventh player in league history to reach the 2,000 penalty-minute mark. 2007-08: Moved into 16th place on the AHL’s all-time penalty minute list. 2006-07: Led AHL in penalty minutes (309). 2005-06: Split the season between Atlanta and Chicago (AHL). 2003-04: Set NHL career highs in goals (1), games played (62) and penalty minutes (181) … Led Atlanta in penalty minutes and ranked 10th in the NHL. 2002-03: Split the season between Atlanta and Chicago (AHL) … Recorded two assists and 61 PIM in 18 games for the Thrashers … Collected his first NHL point with an assist vs. NYI (10/19/02) … Led Chicago (AHL) in penalty minutes (194). 2001-02: Began season with Philadelphia (AHL) … Traded to Atlanta (2/15/02) … Recorded an assist and 40 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games for Chicago, helping Wolves to Calder Cup championship. 2000-01: Led Philadelphia (AHL)in penalty minutes (330). 1999-2000: Led Philadelphia (AHL) in penalty minutes (416) … Ranked second in the AHL in penalty minutes. 1998-99: Led Drummondville (QMJHL) in penalty minutes (295). 1997-98: Led Val-d’Or (QMJHL) in penalty minutes (338), while helping Val-d’Or to the QMJHL championship … Named to the 1998 Memorial Cup all-star team.