July 17, 2016

Art Lesieur

Art Lesieur had a surname fit for "The Flying Frenchmen," but the defenseman was actually from Fall River, Massachusetts. 

Yet for a player who played in 100 NHL games back around the 1930s, very little is known about Mr. Lesieur.

Lesieur broke into the NHL in the 1928-29 season, playing two games with the Chicago Black Hawks. He was soon traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Bert McCaffrey.

The rookie did not get very much ice time over the next few seasons, though he did get into a total of 98 games with the Habs. 

Number 16 did step in nicely in the spring of 1931. With Battleship Leduc out with an injury, the broad-shouldered Lesieur assumed a regular role in helping Montreal win the Stanley Cup.

Described as a fast skater and a deadly bodychecker. 

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