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Pat LaFontaine

Pat LaFontaine joined MSG Networks in 2010 as a hockey commentator for New York Rangers games.

LaFontaine was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round as the 3rd overall pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals as a rookie for the Islanders and spent eight years with the organization. In the 1987 playoffs, he scored a famous game-winning goal in the fourth overtime of the seventh game against the Washington Capitals.

He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 1991. During the 1992-93 season, LaFontaine had a career season, scoring 53 goals and collecting 95 assists. He ranked second in the NHL in both points and assists that season. The 148 points are still the most in a single season in Sabres history. Following the 1994-95 season, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

After six seasons in Buffalo, LaFontaine was traded to the New York Rangers prior to the 1997-98 season, becoming only the fourth player in NHL history to play for the league’s three New York teams. He recorded his 1,000th NHL point as a member of the Rangers on January 22, 1998. In 1998, after 15 years in the NHL, Pat retired prematurely as a result of a series of concussions suffered through his career. He finished his 15-year career with five All-Star seasons and 468 goals, which ranks him 51st all-time.

In 2003, LaFontaine was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Minnesota. On March 3, 2006, the Buffalo Sabres retired LaFontaine's number 16.

After his retirement, LaFontaine founded The Companions in Courage Foundation (www.CiC16.org), working to connect hospitalized children with their family, friends and heroes. The Foundation builds interactive playrooms and classrooms in hospitals throughout North America.

LaFontaine currently lives on Long Island with his wife Marybeth and their three children.

 
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