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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in second round
24 overall by Quebec Nordiques
Born January 28, 1961
Height: 6-1 Weight: 200
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Canada)
||Cape Madeleine||Que. Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup All-Star First Team: 1979 (Trois-Rivieres)
Bergeron Trophy (Rookie of Year): 1977-78 (co-winner with Denis Savard)
QMJHL All-Star Second Team: 1979-80 (Trois-Rivieres/Quebec)
QMJHL All-Star Third Team: 1978-79 (Trois-Rivieres)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 10 prospect for the 1980 NHL draft. ... Traded by Trois-Rivieres to Quebec
in exchange for Rene Labbe, Normand Lafrancois and first-round pick in 1980
QMJHL midget draft in November 1979.
| Debut: November 1, 1980 (Philadelphia at
Numbers: 31, 5 (Quebec); 5
(N.Y. Rangers); 5 (Tampa Bay)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Active (Quebec Sr.)
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|1980-1993||Quebec, NYR, Tampa Bay
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
|1982-1990||Quebec, N.Y. Rangers
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1980-81 season with neck injury, suffered in
November 1980. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with knee injury. ... Missed
remainder of 1983 playoffs with re-aggravation of knee injury, suffered during
Game 1 of Quebec's first-round playoff series at Boston on April 5, 1983. ...
Missed parts of 1985-86 season with sprained ankle, an injury suffered during
Quebec's Oct. 19, 1985, game vs. Pittsburgh, and with separated shoulder, an
injury suffered during Quebec's Feb. 8, 1986, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed
parts of 1987-88 season with injured neck and upper back, suffered during
Quebec's Oct. 27, 1987, game vs. Edmonton, and with bruised left foot, an
injury suffered during Quebec's Jan. 13, 1988, game at New Jersey. ... Missed
remainder of 1987-88 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered
during Quebec's Feb. 26, 1988, game at Detroit. ... Missed most of 1988-89
season with sprained right knee, an injury first suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
Oct. 23, 1988, game vs. Quebec. He re-injured the knee during N.Y. Rangers'
Nov. 9, 1988, game vs. Philadelphia, and required surgery. He came back from
surgery and, in his first game back, re-injured the knee a final time during
first period of N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 5, 1989, game vs. Minnesota. The injury
required major reconstructive surgery, ending his season, and he did not
return to NHL action until Jan. 18, 1990. ... Paired on defense with Mark
Hardy for N.Y. Rangers during second half of 1989-90 season. ... Missed part
of 1990-91 season with damaged cartilage in left knee, an injury suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 6, 1990, game at Hartford. The injury required
surgery. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with broken finger, an injury
suffered in January 1991. ... Missed remainder of 1990-91 season and entire
1991 playoffs with compressed fracture of second lumbar vertebra in his spine,
an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 13, 1991, game vs. Detroit. ...
Missed parts of 1991-92 season with tendinitis in right knee, suffered in
October 1991, and with infection of cut in right elbow, an injury suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 25, 1992, game vs. Chicago. ... Released by N.Y.
Rangers after team bought out his contract on July 27, 1992. He eventually
signed with German team for 1992-93 season ... Signed free-agent
tryout contract with Tampa Bay on Sept. 1, 1993, so he could attend
training camp. Made roster out of training camp and signed with team as
unrestricted free agent on Sept. 27, 1993.
|Post-Draft Teams: Quebec (QMJHL); Flint (IHL);
Berlin Polar Bears (Germany); Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Kansas City (IHL); Riviere-du-Loup (Quebec Sr.);
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987
Canada Cup: 1987
AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL Turner Cup: 1994
(Atlanta), 1995 (Denver)
1994-95: Played on IHL
regular-season champion (Denver).
Coaching Career: Named Acadie-Bathurst
(QMJHL) assistant coach prior to 2001-02 season and remained in position until
June 7, 2002.
Miscellaneous: Signed with Kansas City (IHL) as
unrestricted free agent on Aug. 19, 1996. ...Retired for first time in 1998,
but came out of retirement at age 41 to sign with Quebec senior team on June
7, 2002. He finished the 2002-03 season with Muskegon (UHL), which brought him
up to roster after his impressive Quebec senior showing.
Personal: Also known as Norm
Rochefort during his playing days. ... Nephew of former NHL player Leon
Rochefort. ... Father of former major-junior player Billy Rochefort.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Quebec traded Rochefort and Jason
Lafreniere to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Bruce Bell, Jari Gronstrand, Walt
Poddubny and 1989 fourth-round pick (Eric Dubois) on August 1, 1988.||
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