Position: DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Martin Lapointe was appointed director of player development on June 13, 2012. A native of Ville St-Pierre, Quebec, Lapointe enjoyed a successful 14-year career in the NHL with four different teams before he was hired as a pro scout by the Chicago Blackhawks organization in December 2009. Over his NHL career, Martin suited up for 991 games recording 381 points (181 goals and 200 assists) after being drafted 10th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on August 4, 2005, Martin Lapointe would go on to play 216 games with the Hawks over three seasons recording 30 goals and 32 assists before being acquired by the Ottawa Senators at the trading deadline, on February 26, 2008. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Lapointe spent three seasons with Boston where he was signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2001. As a Bruin, he had 83 points, including 40 goals in 205 games.
Martin Lapointe made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1991-92 suiting up for four games. Lapointe would earn a permanent spot with the Red Wings in 1993-94 playing 50 games and racking up 16 points. He tallied his first NHL goal on November 21, 1993 scoring on St. Louis’ netminder Curtis Joseph. As a Red Wing, Lapointe skated in 552 games, amassing 108 goals and adding 122 helpers for a total of 230 points. He also played a pivotal role in the Red Wings Stanley Cup championships in 1997 and 1998, scoring the Cup winning goal in the fourth game of the finals over the Washington Capitals in 1998.
Now 42, Martin Lapointe started out his pro career with a Calder Cup championship with Adirondack (AHL) in 1991-92. He began his junior career with the Laval Titan at age 16 playing four seasons with that franchise enjoying four successive seasons of 96, 98, 55 and 89 points, wrapping up his QMJHL career with 338 points, including 149 goals, in 195 games. Lapointe also played in the Memorial Cup tournament in 1992-93 and led the CHL with 30 playoff points (13 goals and 17 assists). On the international stage, he represented Canada at three World Junior Championships winning a gold medal in 1991 (Saskatoon) and 1993 (Gävle, Sweden). His combined record at the WJHC shows 9 goals and 8 assists in 21 games.