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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 133 overall by Vancouver Canucks
Born October 18, 1960
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Colorado College (WCHA)
Birthplace: Kamloops, British Columbia (Canada)
Kamloops, British Columbia
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Colorado College Records: Most goals by a freshman defenseman (18 in
1979-80, shares record)
Miscellaneous: Led Kamloops (BCJHL) with 83 points in 1978-79. ... Set
Colorado College single-season record (since broken) for goals by a defenseman
with 18 in 1979-80. ... Also
played high school soccer and baseball while growing up in Kamloops, British
| Debut: February 28, 1984 (Vancouver at
Numbers: 3 (Vancouver); 6
(N.Y. Rangers); 6 (St. Louis); 6 (Dallas)
Stanley Cup: 1994, 1999.
Playing Status: Retired June 19, 1999
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||VAN, NYR, STL, DAL||897
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||VAN, NYR, STL, DAL||80
AWARDS AND HONORS
Van. Premier's Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1984-85,
Vancouver Pratt Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1990-91
Vancouver Hume Award (Unsung Hero): 1984-85
Vancouver Tri-Captain: Oct. 1, 1990, until September 1991
Vancouver Records: Most points in one season by a defenseman (63 in
1998-99: Was on Dallas team that won Stanley Cup. Appeared in playoffs,
but did not play in any Stanley Cup Finals games vs. Buffalo.
Miscellaneous: Joined Vancouver for balance of 1983-84 season after
competing in 1984 Olympics. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with knee
injury, suffered during Vancouver's Jan. 3, 1986, game vs. Winnipeg. ...
Served as Vancouver alternate captain from 1986-87 season through 1989-90
season and from 1991-92 season through 1992-93 season. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with sprained left knee, an injury
suffered during Vancouver's Jan. 24, 1988, game vs. Chicago. ... Missed parts
of 1988-89 season with hyper-extended elbow, an injury suffered in October
1988, with broken hand, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Nov. 13, 1988,
game vs. Pittsburgh, and with broken cheekbone, an injury suffered in March
1989. ...Was Vancouver's nominee for 1990-91 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed part
of 1991-92 season with separated shoulder, an injury suffered during
Vancouver's March 1, 1992, game vs. Calgary. ... Missed parts of 1992-93
season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Dec. 13,
1992, game vs. Quebec, and with the flu, contracted in late February 1993. ...
Left Vancouver with franchise record (since broken) for career goals by a
defenseman (63). ... Missed part of 1995 season with broken nose, an injury
suffered when he was hit by a shot during St. Louis' April 27, 1995, game at Edmonton. ...
Missed parts of 1995-96 season with flu, contracted in late December 1995, and
with multiple facial fractures, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Jan.
5, 1996, game at Washington. The facial damage required three hours of surgery
on Jan. 10, 1996. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with back spasms, an
injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 23, 1996, game vs. Washington. ... Signed with Dallas as Group III unrestricted
free agent on Feb. 26, 1999, after spending most of the 1998-99 season with
|Post-Draft Teams: Colorado College (WCHA);
Olympics: 1984 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1985
(silver), 1990 (fourth), 1991 (silver)
AWARDS AND HONORS
British Columbia Hockey
Hall of Fame: Inducted 2003
NCAA West All-America First Team:
1982-83 (Colorado College)
First Team: 1981-82, 1982-83 (Colorado College)
Colorado College MVP: 1982-83
Coaching Career: Worked as a high school assistant coach in St. Louis
area during NHL lockout of 1994-95. ... Named Team Canada player-assistant
coach prior to 1998-99 season and remained in that position until Feb. 26,
1999. ... Worked as coach in Kamloops (B.C.) Minor Hockey Association from
1999-00 season through 2001-02 season. ... Named Medicine Hat (WHL)
assistant coach on Aug. 2, 2002, and remained in that position through 2002-03
season. ... Named Team Canada women's assistant coach on Sept. 8, 2003, and
remained in that position until May 11, 2004. ... Named Saginaw (OHL) head
coach on May 11, 2004, and remained in that position until Nov. 22, 2004.
Education: Majored in business
administration at Colorado College.
Miscellaneous: Tied Colorado
College single-season record (since broken) for points by defenseman with 56
in 1982-83. ... Never played in minor leagues. ... Resigned as Saginaw (OHL)
head coach after he admitted to poking a finger in the chest of goalie Mike
Brown during a heated exchange with the Saginaw player. Lidster later
acknowledged this physical contact was "totally inappropriate" and said he
regretted the action. ... Active in charitable causes
during playing days, working as honorary chairman of British Columbia Special Olympics.
Personal: Full name is
John Douglas Andrew Lidster.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Vancouver traded Lidster to N.Y.
Rangers to complete an earlier transaction in which N.Y. Rangers traded John
Vanbiesbrouck to Vancouver on for future
considerations on June 20, 1993. Lidster, sent to Vancouver on June 25, 1993,
was the future considerations portion of the deal. The deal was made for
future considerations, rather than straight up, because both teams were
waiting to see whom they would lose in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. N.Y.
Rangers were in danger of losing Vanbiesbrouck, and so they sent him to
Vancouver. The move let the Canucks protect other goalies in the expansion
draft, and they paid their debt by sending Lidster to New York.||
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