1966 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
3 14
Don Luce
Selected by New York from Kitchener (OHA)
New York Rangers Kitchener Rangers
Don Luce

6-foot-2, 178 pounds

Left-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1965-66Kitchener OHA 47 16 19 35 71

Pre-Draft Notes

Canadian • Born October 2, 1948 in London, Ontario • Hometown: London, Ontario

Career Vitals

First contract: 1968
Debut: March 11, 1970
(New York at Montreal)
Final NHL game: February 17, 1982
(Toronto vs. Detroit)
Retired: 1982
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 14 (New York); 11 (Detroit); 8, 14, 20 (Buffalo); 23 (Los Angeles); 20 (Toronto)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: New York, Detroit, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Toronto
Years: 1970-1982. Playoffs: 1970-1981

Regular Season
13 years 894 225 329 554 364
Stanley Cup Playoffs
9 years 71 17 22 39 52
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Led OHA in assists with 70 for Kitchener in 1967-68. ... Played on Omaha team that won CHL regular-season title in 1969-70. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Omaha in 1970. ... Named to CHL All-Star First Team with Omaha in 1969-70. ... Won Buffalo Sabres' Unsung Hero Trophy and Wilkinson Sword Award as team's Most Improved Player in 1971-72. ... Recorded first postseason assist in Buffalo Sabres history on April 4, 1973, at Montreal. ... Was inaugural winner of the Buffalo Sabres' Charley Barton Silver Stick Award for dedication and spirit in 1972-73. ... Named Buffalo Sabres alternate captain during 1973-74 season and wore the "A" through the 1975-75 season. ... Won Wilkinson Sword Award as Buffalo Sabres MVP in 1973-74. ... Set Buffalo record for fastest three goals by one player with three goals in span of 3:49 on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington. ... Set Buffalo record (since tied) for most shorthanded goals in a game with two on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington. ... Represented Buffalo in 1975 NHL All-Star Game. ... Set Buffalo single-season records for shorthanded goals (8) and highest plus-minus rating (plus-61) in 1974-75. The eight shorthanded goals were also an NHL record (since broken), breaking Dave Keon's previous mark of seven. ... Scored first postseason shorthanded goal in Buffalo Sabres history on May 3, 1975, at Montreal. ... Played on Buffalo team that went to 1975 Stanley Cup Finals. ... Scored series-winning goal at 14:27 of overtime as Buffalo eliminated St. Louis from first round of 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Won Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy with Buffalo in 1974-75. ... Led Buffalo with seven game-winning goals in 1978-79. ... Finished third in voting for 1979-80 Selke Trophy. ... Inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1986. ... Inducted into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. .. Was executive with Buffalo team that went to 1999 Stanley Cup Finals.

Transaction History

Nov. 2, 1970 -- Traded by New York to Detroit in exchange for Steve Andrascik. May 25, 1971 -- Traded by Detroit with Mike Robitaille to Buffalo in exchange for Joe Daley. March 10, 1981 -- Traded by Buffalo to Los Angeles in exchange for 1982 sixth-round pick (Jacob Gustavsson). Aug. 10, 1981 -- Traded by Los Angeles to Toronto in exchange for Bob Gladney, 1983 sixth-round pick (Kevin Stevens), and cash.

Significant Injuries

Had off-season hernia operation in June 1975.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Donald Harold Luce

Other Post-Draft Teams: Kitchener (OHA); Omaha (CHL); Salt Lake (CHL).

Family: Father of former minor-league goaltender and NHL scout Scott Luce. ... Brother-in-law of former NHL player Mike Boland.

Non-Playing Career

Named Buffalo Director of U.S. Scouting prior to 1985-86 season and remained in position through 1986-87 season. ... Named Buffalo Director of Amateur Evaluation and Development prior to 1987-88 season and remained in that position through 1989-90 season. ... Named Buffalo Director of Player Personnel prior to 1990-91 season and remained in that position through 2004-05 season. ... Named Buffalo Director of Player Development prior to 2005-06 season and remained in that position through 2005-06 season. ... Named Philadelphia Director of Player development in late November 2006, and remained in that position through 2011-12 season.
Named Pine Bridge (ACHL) head coach prior to 1983-84 season and remained in that position for part of the 1983-84 season. ...Served as a Buffalo part-time assistant coach during the 1984-85 season. ... Served parts of 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons as Buffalo assistant coach.

Named Buffalo pro scout prior to 1984-85 season and remained in that position through 1984-85 season. ... Named Philadelphia pro scout prior to 2012-13 season and currently still holds this position.


Selected by Chicago Cougars in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Scored his lone NHL hat trick in Buffalo's 4-0 win at Washington on Dec. 22, 1974. Played alongside Craig Ramsay to form one of NHL's best penalty-killing duos of all time. Played on line with Danny Gare and Craig Ramsay for Buffalo in 1975-76.
Left Buffalo ranked third behind Gil Perreault and Craig Ramsay for most games as Sabre (766). Left Buffalo with franchise record (since broken) for career shorthanded goals (25). Played key role in helping to get Alexander Mogilny out of USSR and into NHL in 1989. Oversaw Sabres personnel when Hockey News ranked team's prospects No. 2 in NHL for 1997.
Total Selected: 24
Forwards: 14
Defense: 8
Goaltenders: 2
Major Junior: 17
College Players: 0
Canadian: 24
American: 0
Euro-Canadian: 0
European: 0
Reached NHL: 14
Won Stanley Cup: 3
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 3
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 0
Picks Traded: 0

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