Tampa Bay Calls Lessard

Winger Junior Lessard, who has been in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk (Va.) Admirals, has been called up by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time since being acquired from Dallas last month. Tampa Bay is home Friday against Toronto.
     Lessard was called to action after Tampa Bay center Chris Gratton was scheduled for surgery to repair a tear to the labrum in his left hip
next week.
    Gratton has been suffering with the injury since November and has
continued to play despite considerable
pain, said the Lightning.  Conservative treatment and therapy have not been able to relieve
his symptoms and he’ll be out of the lineup indefinitely.

Here’s the rest of the Tampa Bay press release:

     Tampa Bay has called up right winger Junior
Lessard from the Admirals on emergency conditions, executive vice
president and general manager Jay Feaster announced.
     Lessard, 27, a 6-foot, 200-pounder from
St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Qu├ębec, was acquired from the Dallas Stars on
January 15 in exchange for defenseman Dan Jancevski. Since joining
Norfolk, Lessard has six goals and nine assists in 19 games. Prior to
joining Norfolk, he had 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games with the
AHLs Iowa Stars. Overall, Lessard has 16 goals and 20 assists in 55
AHL games this season. The fourth-year pro has appeared in 257 career
AHL games between Norfolk, Iowa and the Houston Aeros, scoring 80 goals
and adding 79 assists with 106 penalty minutes.
     Lessard has also been in two NHL games with Dallas this
season going scoreless with two penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut
in the 2005-06 season with Dallas. In eight career NHL games with
Dallas, he has two goals and 14 penalty minutes.

2 thoughts on “Tampa Bay Calls Lessard

  1. Yes, Junior was the best player in college hockey that year, no question.
    Recall Bochenski and Parise were playing golf when Junior was leading his team to the Frozen Four in 2004. He had more goals than they did that season, too. And he single handedly brought his team out of the cellar and to Frozen Four. The award is for that moment, not for NHL potential.
    For one brief moment, the Dogs were almost stars.
    Alas, we could use some pure goal scores like Junior again. We haven’t been close to the net since then.

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