|First contract:||August 29, 1970|
|Debut:||November 15, 1970
(Montreal at Buffalo)
|Final NHL game:|| October 29, 1980
(St. Louis at Minnesota)
|Stanley Cup:||1971, 1973|
|Numbers worn:||6, 8, 21, 24 (Montreal);
25 (St. Louis)
Years: 1970-1980. Playoffs: 1971-1977
|Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|Complete statistics available at NHL.com|
Joined Canadian national team program as a 17-year-old in 1967 after
spending two seasons with his hometown Winnipeg Rangers (MJHL). ... Played
for Winnipeg in 1966 Memorial Cup tournament. ... Was with
the national team during the 1967-68 season but was not on 1968 Olympic
squad. ... Was also an outstanding baseball player during his junior career.
Played left wing for most of his NHL career. ... Was able to have his name engraved on Stanley Cup in 1971 because he had played in one playoff game for Montreal -- Game 6 of first-round series vs. Boston on April 15, 1971. ... Won AHL Calder Cup with Nova Scotia in 1972. ... Led St. Louis in points (85) and goals (43) in 1975-76. ... Set St. Louis single-season records (since broken) for points (85), goals (43), shorthanded goals (8), and assists by a left wing (42) in 1975-76. ... Won St. Louis Goaltenders Club Star of the Game Award for 1975-76. ... Won St. Louis Goaltenders Club Most Improved Player Award for 1975-76. ... Inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. ... Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Nov. 28, 1974 -- Traded by Montreal to St. Louis in exchange for Don Awrey. Nov. 23, 1980 -- Released by St. Louis.
On Oct. 9, 1977, three days before the start of the 1977-78 season, Lefley announced he had decided to retire from hockey at age of 27 and commit himself to farming in Manitoba. He said he was retiring for "personal reasons" because he was no longer happy being a pro player. He left the St. Louis, where he had been a 40-goal scorer two seasons earlier, and initially went home to Canada. By November, however, he had gone to Helsinki, Finland, and signed a three-year contract with Jokerit. He would spend the next two years in Europe, revitalizing his career. Although he came back to the Blues, the team not happy with his decision to unretire and play in Europe. The Blues still owned his NHL rights, and Emile Francis, St. Louis' president and general manager, did not think Lefley should be allowed to play in Europe without compensation from his European team. At the time, the NHL was required it to pay the International Ice Hockey Federation $50,000 for every European player it signed, but there was nothing to stop the IIHF clubs from signing North Americans. Nothing came of Francis' complaints, but the Blues were able to reclaim Lefley when he decided to return to the NHL on June 29, 1979, saying he felt like he had rediscovered his love for the game and wanted to play for the Blues again.
Missed part of 1970-71 season with rib injury, suffered while playing in AHL. ... Missed start of 1979-80 season with separated right shoulder, suffered when checked by Harvey Bennett during St. Louis' intrasquad scrimmage on Sept. 23, 1979, at training camp in Port Huron, Mich. He returned to make his 1979-80 debut in St. Louis' Dec. 1 game vs. N.Y. Rangers. He re-aggravated the injury during St. Louis' Jan. 22 game vs. Philadelphia and played very little after that before having off-season surgery to repair damaged ligaments.
Full Name: Charles
Nickname: "The Breakaway Kid"
Other Post-Draft Teams: Montreal/Nova Scotia (AHL); Helsinki Jokerit (Finland); Dusseldorf (West Germany)
Coaching Career: Worked as a minor hockey coach in Warren, Manitoba, for many years after his retirement.
Career Beyond Hockey: Returned to his hometown of Grosse Isle, Manitoba after his retirement and devoted himself full-time to Lefley Farm, his family's cattle and grain, farm while also working as a minor hockey coach. ... Remained active in sports of golf, curling, and senior baseball at an amateur level. He played on Grosse Isle Blue Jays senior team that won Interlake Championships in 1989, 1990, and 1993.
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Family: Younger brother of former NHL player Bryan Lefley.
|Selected by Ottawa Nationals in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972.||Selected by Winnipeg Jets in 1973 WHA draft of established professional players.||Represented by Boston agent Bob Woolf in signing first NHL contract with Montreal in 1970.||Inducted into Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame with 1988-1993 Grosse Isle Blue Jays in 2012.|
|Won Stanley Cup:||12|
|Hall of Fame:||3|
|1970 PICKS BY TEAM|
OTHERS DRAFTED IN 1970