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Episode 56: Class of 2003 - Pat LaFontaine and Grant Fuhr



1983-98; 15 seasons, 11 quality
545A for
-6 in
856 Games;
92.8 PS
Per Game:
3rd American All Time in Goals Per Game
15th All Time in Points Per Game (1st American)
Draft: Drafted 3rd overall in 1983, LaFontaine is
2nd in Goals
2nd in Assists (behind by over 500)
2nd in Points
67th in Plus Minus [This includes players who barely played]
4th in Point Shares but
18th in Games Played
Era: Of the 97 players to play in at least 820 games between 1983 and 1998, LaFontaine is
8th in Goals
2nd in Goals Per Game
23rd in Assists
16th in Assists Per Game
15th in Points
7th in Points Per Game
66th in Plus Minus
9th in Point Shares
19th in Point Shares
82-game average: 44G, 52A for 96P, -1
3-year peak (1990-93): 82-game average of 54G, 69A for 124P, +6
No possession stats
26G, 37A for 63P, -13 in 69 Games
Per Game: Among American-born players, Lafontaine is
T-4th All Time in Playoff GPG
5th All Time Playoff PPG

NHL: 1981-2000; 19 seasons, 11 as a starter, 4 as a 1A, 4 as a backup
403W (12th All Time) [retirement rank?!?!?!]
295L (17th All Time)
114T (15th All Time)
25 SO;
48,927 Minutes (14th All Time) in
868 Games (11th All Time)
128.6 Point Shares (22nd Goalie)
-36.6 Goals Saved Above Average
.887 SV%
3.38 GAA
Drafted 8th overall in 1981, Fuhr is
1st in Wins
2nd in Losses
2nd in Others
3rd in Save Percentage
3rd in GAA
5th in Point Shares (2nd Goalie)
Era: Of the 26 goalies to play in at least 410 games between 1981 and 2000, Fuhr is
2nd in Wins
2nd in Losses
T-1st in Others
10th in Shutouts
1st in Total Goals Against

1st in Total Shots Against
1st in Total Saves
21st in Save Percentage
18th in Goals Against Average
21st in Goals Saved Above Average
2nd in Minutes
3rd in Goalie Point Shares

1st in Games Played
82-game average: 21-16-6; 1 SO; 6.8 GPS
3-year peak (1995-98): [His five best seasons are spread out over 17 years] 31-25-11; 3 SO; 2.57 GAA; .901 SV%
92W (3rd All Time)
50L (12th);
6 SO;
.898 SV%;
2.92 GAA;
44.2 GSAA (12th All Time;
8,838 Minutes (4th All Time) in
151 Games (4th All Time)
3.04 GAA
.905 SV%

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Bill Enos

Bill Enos 

 Bill grew up on the south shore of Montreal, but was born on the left coast. He has been a die-hard Canucks fan since 1989 (except those two Messier years, which he spent living in a bunker fearing the sun).  Bill has long been an avid baseball, hockey and football fan, and probably should write a book about one of them. Joining the podcast with Riley is a chance for Bill to flex his vast knowledge of hockey history without becoming a pub quiz barfly. Bill has promised to remove his green and blue coloured glasses for the podcast, but can't make any promises. 


Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley grew up watching baseball but fell in love with the Maple Leafs during the 1993 playoff run. He had his heart broken by Gretzky and didn't watch hockey again for 5 years. Starting with the 1999 Leafs playoff run Riley immersed himself in hockey again, becoming so obsessive that he eventually wrote a book about Maple Leafs mismanagement. He dates his falling out of love with the Maple Leafs from the David Clarkson contract. He is now much more of a basketball fan but still loves the history of hockey.

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