Pat LaFontaine Hockey Analyst

Pat LaFontaine joined MSG Networks in 2010 as a hockey analyst.

LaFontaine was taken with the 3rd overall pick by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals as a rookie for the Islanders and spent a total of eight years with the organization. In the 1987 NHL playoffs, LaFontaine scored one of the most memorable game-winning goals in hockey history when his slapshot in the fourth overtime of Game 7 against the Washington Capitals found the back of the net.

LaFontaine was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 1991 and during the 1992-93 season he put up career numbers, scoring 53 goals and collecting 95 assists, good for second in the NHL in both categories 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, awarded 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 State 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 No. 16 jersey.

After his retirement, LaFontaine founded The Companions in Courage Foundation (www.CiC16.org), which works 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.