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Lee Norwood
Lee Norwood
Defenseman
Number: 23
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 2, 1960
Birthplace: Oakland, CA, United States
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by St. Louis for Larry Trader on August 7, 1986.
Drafted: QUE / 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (62nd overall)
Lee Norwood was a hard-nosed defenseman who could also join in on offense when necessary. His physical style was of use to seven different teams during a career that lasted over 500 regular-season games.

Born in Oakland, California, Norwood grew up in the Detroit suburb of Trenton and eventually ventured to Canada for top amateur competition. He spent the 1977-78 season with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques before spending two years in the OHA with the Oshawa Generals. After scoring 23 goals for the Gens in 1978-79, Norwood was selected 62nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the NHL entry draft. He played a handful of games with the Nords but spent most of his first two pro seasons in the minors. After a trade to Washington, he played sparingly on his new club before spending nearly three full seasons in the minors. In 1984-85 he scored 77 points for the IHL's Peoria Rivermen and was named to the IHL first all-star team and named the league's top defenseman.

Following a trade to the St. Louis Blues, "Hack's" NHL career began to improve. Under coach Jacques Demers, he thrived playing a physical role and working the point on the second power play unit. In the post-season he was particularly effective with nine points in 19 games as the Blues came within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

When Demers signed to coach the Red Wings in 1986-87, he made a point of trading for Norwood. The veteran played over four seasons in Motown and helped the club reach the semifinals in 1987 and 1988. He was particularly effective when partnered with Gilbert Delorme. In November 1990, Norwood was sent to the New Jersey Devils for speedy forward Paul Ysebaert. The veteran provided stability on the Jersey blueline and helped the team reach the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Norwood began the 1991-92 season in Hartford but was reacquired by the Blues early in the season as defensive insurance. He struggled with injuries in 1992-93 then played 16 games for the Calgary Flames in 1993-94 before retiring. After a year away from the game, Norwood returned in 1995-96 and played two years in the IHL and Colonial League before hanging up his skates for good in 1997.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
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10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89