As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, theahl.com will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.
Feisty forward Mitch Lamoureux is one of the most dominant offensive players of the last quarter-century in the American Hockey League, having carved out a successful career over parts of 14 seasons despite his 5-foot-6 frame.
The Ottawa native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981, and in 1982-83 had the greatest rookie season in AHL history to date. Skating in all 80 games for the Baltimore Skipjacks, Lamoureux set a rookie record with 107 points and became the first AHL rookie ever to score 50 goals, potting 57 on the year. The 20-year-old easily won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Award as the league’s outstanding first-year player, and also earned a spot as an AHL Second Team All-Star.
Lamoureux spent three more seasons in the Pittsburgh organization, appearing in 70 NHL games with the Penguins, before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1986. He scored 43 goals for the Hershey Bears in 1986-87, and the following year he led the Bears with 87 points and shared the AHL lead with 16 playoff points as the Bears rolled to the Calder Cup championship.
Lamoureux had a brief stint in Maine and also spent some time with the Canadian national team and in Austria, but he rejoined Hershey in 1993-94 and led the Bears with 45 goals and 105 points that season. In 1995-96, Lamoureux hooked up with the Providence Bruins, but returned to Hersheypark Arena as co-captain of the U.S. team at the 1996 AHL All-Star Classic.
Lamoureux closed out his career with a third stint with a Bears, tallying 53 points in 70 games in 1998-99 and earning the Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
Lamoureux recorded 448 points in a Hershey uniform, tied for seventh in that storied franchise’s history. In AHL annals, he ranks seventh in goals (364), 15th in assists (452) and ninth in points (816).
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