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Mark LaForest
Mark LaForest
Goaltender
Number: 31
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190
Catches: Left
Born: Jul 10, 1962
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on April 29, 1983.
Goaltender Mark LaForest was a reserve with six NHL clubs in the 1980s and '90s. His greatest success came in the minors, especially the AHL.

Born in Welland, Ontario, LaForest was a junior standout in the OHL with the Niagara Falls Flyers and North Bay Centennials. In April 1983, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings and gained valuable seasoning with the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.

In 1985-86, the youngster toiled admirably during 28 appearances behind the last place Wings' woeful defence. He enjoyed a fine season in the minors with Adirondack in 1986-87 when he led the AHL with three shutouts and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the top goalie in the league. LaForest was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June 1987 and went on to play 21 games the next year in relief of Ron Hextall. After the club acquired Ken Wregget, LaForest was deemed expendable and was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs on the eve of the 1989-90 season.

During the 1989-90 season, LaForest split the Toronto goaltending chores with Allan Bester and Jeff Reese. He posted a decent 3.89 goals against mark on a team that was only concerned with scoring goals. LaForest was traded to the New York Rangers in the off-season and recorded consecutive 25-win seasons for Binghamton of the AHL in 1991 and 1992. In 1991, he was named to the league's second all-star team and won another Baz Bastien Trophy. He was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the 1992 expansion draft and played five games for the club in 1993-94. LaForest continued to ply his trade in the minors and retired after playing a few games for Utica Blizzard of the Colonial League in 1997-98.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80