Lee Fogolin

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Lee Fogolin
Born February 7, 1955 (1955-02-07) (age 59)
Chicago, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Edmonton Oilers
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1974
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1974–1987

Lee Joseph Fogolin (born February 7, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario), is a retired defenceman who played in the National Hockey League. He played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers, playing in 924 NHL regular season games between 1974 and 1987, winning the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985.

Background and early career[change | edit source]

Fogolin was born in Chicago while his father, Lee Fogolin Sr., was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. His son, Michael Fogolin, played for the Prince George Cougars in the WHL and died in his sleep on May 26, 2004 of a possible heart condition.

Fogolin played from 1972–1974 with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA, scoring 52 points in 102 games with 240 PIM. He was drafted in the first round, 11th overall, of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Although Fogolin was raised in Canada, he was chosen to play for Team USA in the 1976 Canada Cup, since he was born in the U.S.. He was invited again in 1984, but this time chose not to play.

NHL playing career[change | edit source]

Fogolin played his first professional season (1974–75) in Buffalo, but played parts of the next season with the Sabres and the AHL Hershey Bears. He was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers for the 1979–1980 season.

Fogolin played seven full seasons with Edmonton, and was named as captain for the 1981–82 season. He would be the first of four captains to lead the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals, in 1983, where they lost to the New York Islanders. While a solid defenceman in his own right, he was overshadowed by many of the young stars on the Oilers' roster, most notably scoring superstar Wayne Gretzky. Fogolin gave up the captaincy to Gretzky for the 1983–84 season onwards. Fogolin was a member of the Oilers' Stanley Cup wins in 1984 and 1985. Fogolin also played in the 1986 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

Fogolin was re-acquired by the Sabres near the end of the 1986–87 season, and retired after completing the season with them.

Awards and achievements[change | edit source]

Career statistics[change | edit source]

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A pts PIM GP G A pts PIM
1972-73 Oshawa Generals OHA 55 5 21 26 132  
1973-74 Oshawa Generals OHA 47 7 19 26 108
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 2 2 4 59 8 0 0 0 6
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 20 1 8 9 61 -- -- -- -- --
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 0 9 9 64 9 0 4 4 23
1976-77 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 3 15 18 100 4 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 0 23 23 98 6 0 2 2 23
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 3 19 22 103 3 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 5 10 15 104 3 0 0 0 4
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 13 17 30 139 9 0 0 0 12
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 4 25 29 154 5 1 1 2 14
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 0 18 18 92 16 0 5 5 36
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 5 16 21 125 19 1 4 5 23
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 4 14 18 126 18 3 1 4 16
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 4 22 26 129 8 0 2 2 10
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 1 3 4 17 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 0 2 2 8 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 924 44 195 239 1318 108 5 19 24 173

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Preceded by
Morris Titanic
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1974
Succeeded by
Bob Sauvé
Preceded by
Blair MacDonald
Edmonton Oilers captains
198183
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky