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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
J.J. Daigneault
Selected in first round
No. 10 overall by Vancouver Canucks

Born October 12, 1965
Position: Defense
Height: 5-11   Weight: 185
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Longueuil (QMJHL)                          
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1979-80 MontrealQue. AAA -- ---- ----
1980-81 MontrealQue. AAA 487 4855 --
1981-82 LavalQMJHL 644 2529 41
1982-83 LongueuilQMJHL 7026 5884 58
1983-84 Team CanadaInt'l 555 1419 40
  LongueuilQMJHL 102 1113 6

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Olympics:
1984 (fourth place)
World Junior Championships: 1984 (fourth place)
QMJHL Bouchard Trophy (Defenseman of Year): 1982-83 (Long.)
QMJHL All-Star First Team: 1982-83 (Longueuil)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 6 overall prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No. 4 defense prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. Was first 17-year-old to win QMJHL Bouchard Trophy as league's best defenseman. ... Played for Canada in 1984 Olympics after having played in 1984 World Junior Championships. As a result, Daigneault, Dave Gagner, Russ Courtnall and Kirk Muller became first Canadian players to play in the World Junior Championships and Olympics in the same year. ... Joined Longueuil (QMJHL) for remainder of 1983-84 season and 1984 playoffs after playing for Canada in 1984 Olympics. ... Missed remainder of 1984 QMJHL playoffs with ligament damage in knee, suffered during Longueuil's QMJHL finals series vs. Laval in May 1984. The injury required surgery on May 6, 1984. ... Referred to in pre-draft reports by NHL Central Scouting as "an excellent competitor with great attitude and desire." ... Grew up in Montreal, where his father worked as a taxi driver. ... Close childhood friend of Mario Lemieux. Daigneault and Lemieux, born just one week apart, played on the same minor and junior hockey teams from the ages of 9 to 16.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 11, 1984 (Quebec at Vancouver)
Numbers:  15 (Vancouver); 15 (Philadelphia); 48 (Montreal);
36 (St. Louis); 36 (Pittsburgh); 36 (Anaheim); 36 (N.Y. Islanders);
36 (Nashville); 33 (Phoenix); 15 (Minnesota)
Stanley Cup: 1993.  Playing Status: Retired 2002
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1984-2001 VAN, PHI, MON, STL, PIT,
ANA, NYI, NAS, PHO, MIN
899 53197 250687
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1986-2000 Vancouver, Phila., Mont.,
Pitt., Anaheim, Phoenix
99 526 31100

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost):
1987 (Philadelphia)
NHL Records: Most franchises played for in career (10, shares record)
1998-99: Played on first Nashville Predators team.
2000-01: Played on first Minnesota Wild team.
Miscellaneous: Wore No. 51 in Vancouver's 1984 training camp. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with compound fracture of left ring finger, an injury suffered when he was slashed by teammate Glen Cochrane during Vancouver's March 18, 1986, practice. He did not return to action until Vancouver's April 6, 1986, regular-season finale vs. Edmonton. ... Missed part of 1987 playoffs with severely sprained left ankle, an injury suffered during Game 4 of Philadelphia's first-round series at N.Y. Rangers on April 12, 1987. He did not return to action until Game 3 of Philadelphia's Stanley Cup Finals series vs. Edmonton on May 22, 1987. ... Scored game-winning goal with 5:32 remaining in Game 6 of Philadelphia's Stanley Cup Finals series vs. Edmonton on May 28, 1987, forcing a seventh game ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with bruised shoulder, an injury suffered in December 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with left hip pointer injury, suffered during Montreal's March 14, 1991, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Montreal's March 30, 1991, game vs. Quebec. ... Missed part of 1991 playoffs with bruised knee, an injury suffered in Game 3 of Montreal's first-round series at Buffalo on April 7, 1991. He did not return to action until Game 6 of Montreal's second-round series vs. Boston on April 27, 1991 ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with bruised left knee, an injury suffered during Montreal's Nov. 28, 1992, game vs. Vancouver. He did not return to action until Montreal's Dec. 5, 1992, game at Winnipeg. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with sprained right shoulder, an injury suffered during Montreal's Dec. 17, 1992, game at Quebec. He did not return to action until Montreal's Dec. 27, 1992, game at Vancouver. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with sprained right ankle, an injury suffered during Montreal's March 1, 1993, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Montreal's March 31, 1993, game vs. Quebec. ... Was ordered by coach Jacque Demers to sit out one game per month during 1993-94 season so that he would be better rested for the playoffs. ... Suspended by NHL for three games and fined $500 for shattering German Titov's nose with a deliberate elbow during Montreal's Dec. 31, 1993, game at Calgary. He was automatically suspended, pending a review by the NHL. On Jan. 7, 1994, the NHL announced that Daigneault would sit out one more game to give him a total three-game suspension. Daigneault said the elbow was accidental, but the league's review of videotape showed otherwise. He did not return from the suspension until Montreal's Jan. 10, 1994, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sprained left wrist, an injury suffered during Montreal's Jan. 10, 1994, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Montreal's Jan. 26, 1994, game at Hartford. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sore back, an injury suffered during Montreal's Feb. 28, 1994, game at Los Angeles. He did not return to action until Montreal's March 6, 1994, game at Dallas. ... Missed part of 1995 season with shoulder injury, suffered during Montreal's Feb. 2, 1995, game at Florida. ... Missed part of 1995 season with cold, an illness contracted in February 1995. ... Missed part of 1995 season with bruised ankle, an injury suffered during Montreal's April 12, 1995, game at Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with back spasms, suffered during Pittsburgh's Dec. 28, 1996, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with back spasms, suffered during Pittsburgh's Jan. 2, 1997, game at New Jersey. He did not return until Pittsburgh's Jan. 10, 1997, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Set Anaheim record for consecutive games with at least one point by a defenseman (7 from March 21, 1997, to April 1, 1997) during 1996-97 season. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with separated right shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Islanders' March 12, 1998, game vs. Washington. He did not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' March 28, 1998, game at Toronto. ... Missed remainder of 1997-98 season with re-aggravation of shoulder injury, suffered during N.Y. Islanders' April 16, 1998, game vs. Tampa Bay. ... Left unprotected by N.Y. Islanders for 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. He was claimed by Nashville on June 26, 1998. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with strained shoulder, an injury suffered during Phoenix's Feb. 16, 1999, game vs. Philadelphia. He did not return to action until Phoenix's Feb. 24, 1999, game at Washington. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with bruised hip, an injury suffered during Phoenix's March 11, 1999, game vs. Vancouver. He did not return to action until Phoenix's March 25, 1999, game vs. Washington. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during Phoenix's Oct. 26, 1999, game at Edmonton. He did not return to action until Phoenix's Oct. 31, 1999, game at Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with re-aggravation of groin injury, suffered during Phoenix's Oct. 31, 1999, game at Anaheim. He did not return to action until Phoenix's Nov. 14, 1999, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with lower back injury, suffered in Phoenix's Nov. 18, 1999, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with sprained ankle, an injury suffered during Phoenix's March 13, 2000, game vs. Philadelphia. He did not return to action until Phoenix's March 24, 2000, game at San Jose. ... Signed with Minnesota as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 24, 2000. ... Failed to make Minnesota roster out of training camp in September 2000 and spent all but one game of 2000-01 season in minor leagues. Playing in that game on Jan. 12, 2001, enabled Daigneault to tie the NHL record for having played on the most total franchises (10 teams).
Daigneault's Big Suspension: The NHL suspended Daigneault for 10 games and fined him $1,000 during the 1996-97 season for slashing referee Don Koharski with 5:32 remaining in Anaheim's Feb. 23, 1997, game vs. Vancouver. Daigneault received an unsportsmanlike conduct game misconduct for the incident, prompting an automatic 10-game suspension under NHL rules protecting league officials from any form of abuse. The NHL announced Daigneault's suspension on Feb. 24, 1997, which was only three days after he had been arrived in Anaheim as part of a trade with Pittsburgh. A review of the videotape showed that Daigneault had collided with Koharski and likely slashed him as a natural reaction -- assuming he was a Vancouver player. The league ruled, however, that the nature of the contact -- even if unintentional -- merited the 10-game suspension. Had the league determined that the slash was deliberate and Daigneault had been trying to hurt Koharski, he would have been given a 20-game suspension under NHL rules. As a result of the suspension, Daigneault did not return to Anaheim's lineup until the Mighty Ducks' March 21, 1998, game at Colorado.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Hershey, Sherbrooke (AHL); Worcester (AHL); Cleveland (IHL); Biel-Bienne (Switzerland)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
1987-88:
Played 10 games for Hershey team that went on to win AHL regular-season and playoff titles, but was not with team for playoffs.
1988-89, 1989-90: Played on AHL regular-season champion (Sher.).
Miscellaneous: Hosted charity golf tournament in Montreal in 1984. ... Sent to minors for first time in career on Dec. 27, 1987, when Flyers assigned him to Hershey (AHL) for a two-week conditioning stint. ... Worked in RCMP's drug abuse program in Montreal in off-seasons of his early playing days. ... Member of Montreal team that joined Minnesota for 1990 NHL Friendship Tour in Soviet Union. ... Worked at Arizona and Southern California hockey schools after retirement. ... Played for Montreal Canadiens alumni team in 2003 Heritage Classic Oldtimers' outdoor game in Edmonton. ... Talented guitar player.
Personal: Full name is Jean-Jacques Daigneault. ... Also known as Jean-Jacques Daigneault during his playing days. ... Youngest of seven children.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Vancouver traded Daigneault, 1986 second-round pick (Kent Hawley), and 1987 fifth-round pick (later traded) to Philadelphia in exchange for Dave Richter, Rich Sutter and return of Vancouver's 1986 third-round pick (Don Gibson) on June 6, 1986.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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