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Don Luce
Don Luce
Center
Number: 11
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185
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Born: Oct 2, 1948
Birthplace: London, ON, Canada
Hometown: London, Ontario
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by New York Rangers for Steve Andrascik on November 2, 1970.
Drafted: NYR / 1966 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 3rd (14th overall)
Don Luce was a superior defensive center and penalty killer who could score and work the power play. His strong two-way play and work on face offs aided all five teams on which he played, especially the Buffalo Sabres.

Luce played junior with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHA. He was chosen 14th overall by the New York Rangers at the 1966 amateur draft then spent two years developing with the CHL's Omaha Knights. The young pivot registered consecutive 20-goal seasons for Omaha and was placed on the CHL first all-star team. He played briefly with the Rangers at the end of the 1969-70 season and the beginning of the next before he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. Luce was a solid checker the rest of the year with his new club but did not fit into their long-range plans.

Luce was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in May 1971 and went on to become one of the top defensive centres and penalty killers in the game. His finest year was 1974-75 when he scored 33 goals, including eight shorthanded, while forming one of the best number-two lines in the NHL with Craig Ramsay and Danny Gare. That spring, he scored 16 points and provided stellar two way work as Buffalo reached the Stanley Cup finals. Following the season, Luce was presented the Bill Masterton trophy. In all, Luce hit the 20-goal mark six times and scored 25 times when killing penalties.

The veteran forward was moved to the Los Angeles Kings in March 1971 as Buffalo started to make changes. Prior to the 1981-82 season, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played his last 39 games before retiring.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89