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File:Pascal Leclaire.jpg
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Ottawa Senators
Columbus Blue Jackets
Nationality Canada
Born November 7 1982 (1982-11-07) (age 27),
Repentigny, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2001
Columbus Blue Jackets
Pro Career 2002present

Pascal Leclaire (born November 7, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Leclaire played junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Halifax Mooseheads and the Montreal Rocket between 1998 and 2002. Leclaire was the first goaltender selected in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, chosen eighth overall by the Blue Jackets. He subsequently bounced back and forth between Columbus and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, from 2002 to 2005 before finally sticking with the Blue Jackets for good in 2006, serving as a backup to Marc Denis.

File:PascalLeclaire.jpg
Leclaire warming up prior to a game during the 2006–07 season.

On June 30, 2006, Denis was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Leclaire was promoted to starting goalie. However, during the season, Leclaire suffered from a leg injury and backup goaltender Fredrik Norrena took over and eventually played 55 games out of 82. In 2007–08, Leclaire had an outstanding season and regained the number one job. He set new team records with nine shutouts (second in the league only to Henrik Lundqvist), ranked second in the NHL in goals against average, and third in save percentage. Leclaire finished second in fan voting among Western Conference goaltenders for the 56th NHL All-Star Game, but was not named to the final team.

In the 2008–09 season, Leclaire injured his ankle, sidelining him for the season and the Blue Jackets promoted rookie Steve Mason. Mason's play was outstanding, leading the Western Conference in several categories. In a playoff race, the Blue Jackets traded Leclaire to the Ottawa Senators, along with a second-round pick in 2009, in exchange for Antoine Vermette on deadline day March 4, 2009.[1] Leclaire is expected to assume the role of starting goaltender with the Senators in 2009-10, once fully recovered from ankle surgery.

Career statistics

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SA SV SV% G A PIM
1998–99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 33 19 11 1 -- 1828 96 2 3.15 -- -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 31 16 8 4 -- 1729 103 1 3.57 -- -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 33 14 16 5 -- 2111 126 1 3.58 -- -- -- -- -- --
2001–02 Montreal Rocket QMJHL 45 15 23 4 -- 2513 138 1 3.29 1312 1174 .895 0 1 6
2002–03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 36 8 21 3 -- 1886 112 0 3.56 1016 904 .890 0 0 0
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 44 21 16 3 -- 2447 125 2 3.06 1476 1351 .915 0 2 0
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 2 0 -- 119 7 0 3.53 69 62 .899 0 0 0
2004–05 Syracuse Crunch AHL 14 5 6 3 -- 844 33 2 2.34 446 413 .926 0 0 0
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 7 3 3 -- 0 340 16 1 2.82 200 184 .920 0 2 0
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 33 11 5 -- 3 1804 97 0 3.23 1084 987 .911 0 1 2
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 24 6 15 -- 2 1315 65 1 2.97 629 564 .897 0 0 2
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 24 17 -- 6 2986 112 9 2.25 1379 1267 .919 0 2 2
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 12 4 6 -- 1 674 43 0 3.83 324 281 .867 0 1 0
NHL totals 125 45 55 0 12 6898 324 10 2.82 3485 3161 .907 0 4 6
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Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SA SV SV% G A PIM
1998–99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 1 0 0 17 2 0 7.06 -- -- -- 0 0 0
1999–00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 5 1 2 198 12 0 3.64 106 94 .887 0 0 0
2000–01 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 2 0 2 109 10 0 5.50 75 65 .867 0 0 0
2001–02 Montreal Rocket QMJHL 7 3 4 441 15 0 2.04 219 204 .932 0 0 2
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 1 2 142 12 0 5.07 88 76 .864 0 0 0
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 5 2 3 288 11 1 2.29 181 170 .939 0 0 4
NHL totals -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

International play

Played for Canada in:

  • 2008 World Championships (silver medal)

International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 WC 9 0 1 1 0
Senior Int'l Totals 9 0 1 1 0

External links

  • Pascal Leclaire's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Rostislav Klesla
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Rick Nash
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